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The Welsh Fairy Book

Thomas, W. Jenkyn

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Title: The Welsh Fairy Book

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: PAP

Book Condition:New

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As a schoolmaster in South Wales, folklorist W. Jenkyn Thomas was dismayed to find that his students — who took such delight in the fairy stories of other nations — knew nothing at all of their own country's rich heritage of fairy tales. To fill the need for a collection of Welsh fairy tales for young readers, he compiled this definitive treasury.
Abounding in phantoms, fairies, witches, magical spells, and other time-honored fairy-tale ingredients, the 83 fascinating stories include "Lady of the Lake," in which a young country boy falls in love with a beautiful girl who agrees to marry him under very strange conditions; "The Adventures of Three Farmers," and "The Fairy Wife," in which fairies outsmart mortals; and a wealth of other fanciful, imaginative tales. Among these are such favorites as "Elidyr’s Sojourn in Fairy-Land," "Pergrin and the Mermaiden," "The Cave of the Young Men of Snowdonia," "Goronwy Tudor and the Witches of Llanddona," "A Strange Otter," "Nansi Llwyd and the Dog of Darkness," "The Bride from the Red Lake," "Lowri Dafydd Earns a Purse of Gold," and many more. Overflowing with charm, whimsy, and authentic Welsh flavor, this stimulating collection is sure to delight not only children but also fairy- and folk-tale lovers of all ages.

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The Welsh Fairy Book is a classic collection of Welsh stories and legends. Reprinted many times since its first appearance in 1907, this collection has had a significant influence on peoples' conception of the nature and content of Welsh folk tradition. W. Jenkyn Thomas's refined prose and Willy Pogany's imaginative illustrations are characteristic of a romantic view of fairytales. However, the study of folklore has moved away from the romantic to become more rigorously, academic. Juliette Wood's introduction places the author and the book in context and charts the changes in attitudes to collecting and editing folktales and the development of Welsh folk studies.

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