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Welsh Folk Lore - Fairy Mothers And Human Midwives.

Garth Uchaf Llanuwchllyn Changeling Legend
Yr oedd gwraig Garth Uchaf, yn Llanuwchllyn, un tro wedi my...

Fairy Mothers And Human Midwives
Fairies are represented in Wales as possessing all the pass...

Denbighshire Version Of A Fairy Mother And Human Midwife
The following story I received from the lips of David Rober...

Merionethshire Version Of The Fairy Mother And Human Midwife
A more complete version of this legend is given in the Gord...

The Corwrion Version
One of the Fairies came to a midwife who lived at Corwrion ...

The Nanhwynan Version
Once on a time, when a midwife from Nanhwynan had newly got t...

Fairy Visits To Human Abodes
Old people often told their children and servant girls, tha...

A Fairy Borrowing A Gridiron
The following Fairy legend was told to Mr. W. W. Cobb, of H...

Fairy Riches And Gifts
The riches of the Fairies are often mentioned by the old pe...

The Fairies Placing Money On The Ground For A Poor Man
The following tale was told me by Thomas Jones, a small mou...

The Fairies And Their Chest Of Gold
The following tale I obtained from the Rev. Owen Jones, Vic...

The Fairy Shilling
The Rev. Owen Jones, Pentrevoelas, whom I have already ment...

The Hidden Golden Chair
It is a good many years since Mrs. Mary Jones, Corlanau, Ll...

Fairy Treasures Seen By A Man Near Ogwen Lake
Another tale, similar to the preceding one, is told by my f...

The Fairies Giving Money To A Man For Joining Them In Their Dance
The following story came to me through the Rev. Owen Jones,...

Fairy Riches And Gifts


The riches of the Fairies are often mentioned by the old people, and the
source of their wealth is variously given. An old man, who has already
been mentioned, John Williams, born about 1770, was of opinion that the
Fairies stole the money from bad rich people to give it to good poor
folk. This they were enabled to do, he stated, as they could make
themselves invisible. In a conversation which we once had on this
subject, my old friend posed me with this question, Who do you think
robbed . . . of his money without his knowledge? Who do you think took
. . . money only twenty years ago? Why, the Fairies, added he, for
no one ever found out the thief.

Shakespeare, in Midsummer Night's Dream, A. iii., S. 1, gives a very
different source to the Fairy riches:--

I will give thee Fairies to attend on thee,
And they shall fetch thee jewels from the deep.

Without inquiring too curiously into the source of these riches, it shall

now be shown how, and for what services, they were bestowed on mortals.
Gratitude is a noble trait in the Fairy character, and favours received
they ever repaid. But the following stories illustrate alike their
commiseration, their caprice, and their grateful bounty.

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