A Man Carried Through The Air By The Fairies


One Edward Jones, or 'Ned the Jockey,' as he was familiarly called,

resided, within the memory of the writer, in one of the roadside cottages

a short distance from Llanidloes, on the Newtown road. While returning

home late one evening, it was his fate to fall in with a troop of

Fairies, who were not pleased to have their gambols disturbed by a

mortal. Requesting him to depart, they politely offered him the choice

hree means of locomotion, viz., being carried off by a 'high wind,

middle wind, or low wind.' The jockey soon made up his mind, and elected

to make his trip through the air by the assistance of a high wind. No

sooner had he given his decision, than he found himself whisked high up

into the air and his senses completely bewildered by the rapidity of his

flight; he did not recover himself till he came in contact with the

earth, being suddenly dropped in the middle of a garden near Ty Gough, on

the Bryndu road, many miles distant from the spot whence he started on

his aerial journey. Ned, when relating this story, would vouch for its

genuineness in the most solemn manner, and the person who narrated it to

the writer brought forward as a proof of its truth, 'that there was not

the slightest trace of any person going into the garden while Ned was

found in the middle of it.'

Montgomeryshire Collections, vol. x., p. 247.

Mr. Hamer records another tale much like the foregoing, but the one I

have given is a type of all such stories.

Fairy illusion and phantasy were formerly firmly believed in by the

inhabitants of Wales. Fairies were credited with being able to deceive

the eyesight, if not also the other senses of man. One illustrative tale

of this kind I will now record. Like stories are heard in many parts.

The following story is taken from Y Gordofigion, p. 99, a book which

has more than once been laid under contribution.