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 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. In some instances these were so scrappy
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
I had related this story to a friend of mine at Portmadoc, who was grandson or
greatgrandson to Dafydd Siôn Siams, of Penrhyn, in 1858, when he called my
attention to the same story in the Cambrian Journal from the correspondence of ...
With this account of the fairy wife frequenting a lake island to converse with her
husband on shore, compare the Irish story of the Children of Lir, who, though
transformed into swans, were allowed to retain their power of reasoning ...
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