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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This at once put an end to the dilemma, for he, who had on previous occasions
been so taken up with the general appearance of the Lady of the Lake, had also
noticed the beauty of her feet and ankles, and on now recognizing the peculiarity
The same process of reckoning had to determine the number of goats, cattle, and
horses respectively; and in an instant the full number of each came out of the lake
when called upon by the father. 'The young couple were then married, by what ...
across Myddfai Mountain, towards the lake from whence they came, a distance of
above six miles, where they disappeared beneath its waters, leaving no trace
behind except a wellmarked furrow, which was made by the plough the oxen
since then appointed Bishop of St. Asaph: 'An old woman from Myddfai, who is
now, that is to say in January 1881, about eighty years of age, tells me that she
remembers "thousands and thousands of people visiting the Lake of the Little
have been still more unlike the one recorded by Mr. Rees of Tonn: it was from an
old man at Myddfai last year, from whom he was, nevertheless, only able to
extract the statement 'that the Lake Lady got somehow entangled in a farmer's ...