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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When the day arrived the wife appeared very reluctant to attend the christening,
alleging that the distance was too great for her to walk. Her husband told her to
fetch one of the horses which were grazing in an adjoining field. "I will," said she,
The husband caught a pony, and gave it to the wife to hold fast without a bridle,
while he should catch another. When he had bridled his own pony, he threw
another bridle to his wife for her to secure hers; but as he threw it, the bit of the
After she had tarried awhile with him at his home, he prevailed on her, on special
conditions, to become his wife. One of these conditions was that he should not
touch her with iron of any description. She became his wife, and two children ...
As she was so charmingly pretty, so industrious, so skilled in every work, and so
attended by luck in everything she put her hand to, he offered to make her his
wife instead of being his servant. At first she would in no wise consent, but she ...
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 ...