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Welsh Fairy Tales

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A book by William Elliot Griffis

Mother Gruffyd was always so neat, with her black and white striped apron, her high peaked hat, with its scalloped lace and quilled fastening around her chin, her little short shawl, with its pointed, long tips, tied in a bow, and her bright red plaid … see full wiki

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Author: William Elliot Griffis
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
1 review about Welsh Fairy Tales

Delightful easy to read tales with a Welsh flavor

  • Oct 18, 2010
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W. E. Griffis, the author of this collection of twenty four short stories, lived between 1843 and 1928. His tales have a distinct Welsh flavor. They speak about the Welsh history, the countryside, and the customs of the people.

His first tale, for example, tells that the name Taffy used by the Welsh is a mispronunciation of David, a saint who came to the country and taught the people how to eat a good food without killing an animal. This was to melt a good cheese over bread. The British, who loved to eat rabbits, called this delicacy Welsh Rabbit, and many people today think that a Welsh Rabbit is a food made from animals.

The second has an interesting twist on the story of a warrior fighting a monster. In this tale, the hero is a beautiful young girl who perfumes herself and enchants the monster with her beauty and her smells and her lullaby, which causes him to fall asleep. The story is ostensibly is about the distant past and the origin of some famous Welsh places.

The third tells some adventures of Hugh the conjurer. He was a seventh son, and seventh sons in Wales have magical powers. Once he was told that people who came to a certain Inn were robbed, even though their rooms were locked and there was no sign that any human had entered. Hugh, willing to go anywhere to help people, agreed to solve the crimes.

The fourth allegedly relates the history of the country, how the people settled the land, the wars between tribes, how women were treated, and how customs like the "wake" were created (people had to stay awake all night to protect the dead from wild animals).

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