The Welsh Fairy Book

W. Jenkyn Thomas

The Welsh Fairy Book
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W. Jenkyn Thomas

Distributed for University of Wales Press

Paper $16.95 ISBN: 9780708312575 Published February 2001 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

The Welsh Fairy Book is the finest example of Welsh book illustration to have been produced in the ferment of the early twentieth century. Published originally in 1907, the stories collected here were set in prose by the Welsh folklorist W. Jenkyn Thomas, editor of classical texts and of the poetry collection Penillion Telyn (1894), and illustrated by the Hungarian graphic artist Willy Pogany in the art nouveau idiom that was at the height of its popularity in the first decade of the twentieth century. This edition includes an introduction by Juliette Wood, chronicling and contextualising changing attitudes towards the work of folklorists and Welsh folk studies, to present again this important example of illustrated text from Wales.

Contents

Preface – The Welsh Fairy Book

The Lady of the Lake

Arthur in the Cave

The Curse of Pantannas

The Drowning of the Bottom Hundred

Elidyr’s Sojurn in Fairy-Land

Lowri Dafydd Earns a Purse of Gold

The Llanfabon Changeling

Why the Red Dragon is the Emblem of Wales

Llyn Cwn Llwch

The Adventures of Three Farmers

Cadwaladr and His Goat

The Fairy Wife

Einion and the Lady of the Greenwood

The Green Isles of the Ocean

March’s Ears

The Fairy Harp

Guto Bach and the Fairies

Ianto’s Chase

The Stray Cow

Bala Lake

The Forbidden Fountain

Tudor Ap Einion

Fairy Walking Stick

Dick the Fiddler’s Money

A Strange Otter

Fairy Ointment

Pergrin and the Mermaiden

The Cave of the Young Men of Snowdonia

Einion and the Fair Family

St Collen and the King of the Fairy

Helig’s Hollow

Owen Goes A-Wooing

The Fairy Reward

Why Deunant has the Front Door in the Back

Getting Rid of the Fairies

The Mantle of Kings’ Beards

Pedws Ffowk and St Elian’s Well

Magic Music

Sili go Dwt

Another Changeling

A Fairy Borrowing

Treasure Seeking

The Richest Man

St Beuno and the Curlew

The Cat Witches

The Swallowed Court

What Marged Rolant Saw

Ned Puw’s Farewell

Pennard Castle

The Man with the Green Weeds

Goronwy Tudor and the Witches of Llanddona

Robin’s Return

The Harper’s Gratuity

Six and Four are Ten

Envy Burns Itself

The Bride from the Red Lake

A Fairy Dog

Grace’s Well

The Fairy Password

St Winifred’s Well

Ancients of the World

Nansi Llywd and the Dog of Darkness

An Adventure in the Big Bog

The Pwca of the Trwyn

John Gethin and the Candle

Fetching a Halter

Dai Sion’s Homecoming

Melangell’s Lambs

Syfaddon Lake

The Power of St Tegla’s Well

The Men of Ardudwy

The Parti-Coloured Cow

Striking a Corpse Candle

Hu Gadarn

The Devil’s Bridge

The Martyred Hound

Twm of the Fair Lies

Black Robin

Llyn Llech Owen

A Ghostly Rehersal

A Phantom Funeral

Why the Robin’s Breast is Red

Notes on Welsh Pronunciation

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