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
'Once upon a time there was a christening to take place in the neighbourhood, to
which the parents were specially invited. When the day arrived the wife appeared
very reluctant to attend the christening, alleging that the distance was too great ...
Once on a time a visitor tried to carry away some of the flowers given him by the
fairies, but he was thereby acting against their law, and not only was he punished
with the loss of his senses, but the door has never since been left open. It is also
She called out to her husband to throw her a halter, but instead of that he threw
towards her a bridle with an iron bit, which, as bad luck would have it, struck her.
The wife at once flew through the air, and plunged headlong into Corwrion Pool ...
It was also once famous for eels of a large size, but it is not supposed to have
contained fish until Lord Penrhyn placed some there in recent years. It teemed,
however, with leeches of three different kinds so recently that an old man still