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 have my doubts also," said the mother. "I wonder if somebody has exchanged
children with you," said the witch. "I do not know," said the mother. "But why do
you not seek to know?" asked the other. "But how am I to go about it?" said the ...
Thus my grandmother on my mother's side was called Ellen Hughes, daughter to
Hugh Williams, of Gwastad Annas. The name of her husband, my grandfather,
was William Prichard [= W. ab Rhisiart, or Richard's son], son to Richard William,
Prichard, after my grandfather, as I was my mother's eldest child. 'Most of the tales
I have collected,' says Mr. Jones, 'relate to the parishes of Beddgelert and
Dolwyddelen. My kindred have lived for generations in those two parishes, and
of her country did not permit her to frequent the earth with an earthly being, she
and her mother invented a way of avoiding the one thing and of securing the
other. A great piece of sod was set to float on the surface of the lake, and on that
The eldest boy was vexed at this, and remembered how his mother had spoken
to somebody near the boat at sea, and that he was never allowed to go with his ...
He recalled, also, his mother's account of the strange countries she had seen.