Origin Of The Fairies


The Fairy tales that abound in the Principality have much in common with

like legends in other countries. This points to a common origin of all

such tales. There is a real and unreal, a mythical and a material aspect

to Fairy Folk-Lore. The prevalence, the obscurity, and the different

versions of the same Fairy tale show that their origin dates from remote

antiquity. The supernatural and the natural are strangely blended
br /> together in these legends, and this also points to their great age, and

intimates that these wild and imaginative Fairy narratives had some

historical foundation. If carefully sifted, these legends will yield a

fruitful harvest of ancient thoughts and facts connected with the history

of a people, which, as a race, is, perhaps, now extinct, but which has,

to a certain extent, been merged into a stronger and more robust race, by

whom they were conquered, and dispossessed of much of their land. The

conquerors of the Fair Tribe have transmitted to us tales of their timid,

unwarlike, but truthful predecessors of the soil, and these tales shew

that for a time both races were co-inhabitants of the land, and to a

certain extent, by stealth, intermarried.

Fairy tales, much alike in character, are to be heard in many countries,

peopled by branches of the Aryan race, and consequently these stories in

outline, were most probably in existence before the separation of the

families belonging to that race. It is not improbable that the emigrants

would carry with them, into all countries whithersoever they went, their

ancestral legends, and they would find no difficulty in supplying these

interesting stories with a home in their new country. If this

supposition be correct, we must look for the origin of Fairy Mythology in

the cradle of the Aryan people, and not in any part of the world

inhabited by descendants of that great race.

But it is not improbable that incidents in the process of colonization

would repeat themselves, or under special circumstances vary, and thus we

should have similar and different versions of the same historical event

in all countries once inhabited by a diminutive race, which was overcome

by a more powerful people.

In Wales Fairy legends have such peculiarities that they seem to be

historical fragments of by-gone days. And apparently they refer to a

race which immediately preceded the Celt in the occupation of the

country, and with which the Celt to a limited degree amalgamated.