Celtic Folklore Welsh and Manx
Library of Alexandria, 28. sep. 2020
TOWARDS the close of the seventies I began to collect Welsh folklore. I did so partly because others had set the example elsewhere, and partly in order to see whether Wales could boast of any story-tellers of the kind that delight the readers of Campbell'sPopular Tales of the West Highlands. I soon found what I was not wholly unprepared for, that as a rule I could not get a single story of any length from the mouths of any of my fellow countrymen, but a considerable number of bits of stories.
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But the smiles that played upon her features as the lady vanished beneath the
waters raised within the young man a hope that forbade him to despair by her
refusal of him, and the recollection of which cheered him on his way home. His
'Whilst the young man narrowly scanned the two ladies, he could not perceive the
least difference betwixt the two, and was ... so taken up with the general
appearance of the Lady of the Lake, had also noticed the beauty of her feet and
Last summer I went myself to the village of Myddfai, to see if I could pick up any
variants of the legend, but I was hardly successful; for though several of the
farmers I questioned could repeat bits of the legend, including the Lake Lady's
call to ...
He could not give me many details, but the following is the substance of the story
as he knows it:The young farmer, who lived with his mother at the neighbouring
farm, one day saw the lady on the bank of the lake, combing her hair, which ...
Lastly, it will be noticed that these last versions do not distinctly suggest that the
Lake Lady ran into the lake, that is into Cwellyn, but rather that she disappeared
in the same way as the dancing party by simply becoming invisible like one's ...