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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I was, however, always a little afraid of refreshing my memory with the legends of
other lands lest I should read into those of my own, ideas possibly foreign to them
. While one is busy collecting, it is safest probably not to be too much engaged ...
It is to the effect that the people of the neighbourhood have a story that all the
land now covered by the lake belonged to a princess, who had an admirer to
whom she would not be married unless he procured plenty of gold: she did not
... so that they used to converse from the surface of the water with their friends on
the dry land: see Joyce's Old Celtic Romances, pp. x, 136. Now I return to another
tale which was sent me by Mr. William Jones: unless I am mistaken it has not ...
... but, when she got a little calmer, she told him to go off out of the way of her
brother, and to return betimes the day after. In getting away, he was tossed into
the sea, and tossed out on the land with a rope, which had got wound about his
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