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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In some instances these were so scrappy that it took me years to discover how to
fit them into their proper context; but, speaking generally, I may say, that, as the
materials, such as they were, accumulated, my initial difficulties disappeared.
... 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 of her shoetie he boldly took hold of her hand
... came across her and the accident happened. The wife then flew away like a
woodhen (iar goed) into the lake. (2) Another says that they were in a stable
trying to bridle one of the horses, when the misfortune took place through
Moreover, many a fierce fight took place in later times at the Gwylfabsant at
Dolbenmaen or at Penmorfa, because the men of Eifionydd had a habit of
annoying the people of Pennant by calling them Bellisians.' In a note, Glasynys
remarks that ...
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