Below you will find a rich collection of fairy tales from days gone by. Many of these date back 200
to 500 years ago. I sincerely hope you and your children come to love them as much as my children and grandchildren
Once upon a time an old blacksmith
lived in an old forge at Craig-y-don, and he used to drink a great deal too much beer.
One night he was coming home from an
alehouse very tipsy, and as he got near a small stream a lot of little men suddenly sprang up from the rocks,
and one of them, who seemed to be older than the rest, came up to him, and said,
"If you don't alter your ways of
living you'll die soon; but if you behave better and become a better man you'll find it will be to your
benefit," and they all disappeared as quickly as they had come.
The old blacksmith thought a good
deal about what the fairies had told him, and he left off drinking, and became a sober, steady
One day, a few months after meeting
the little people, a strange man brought a horse to be shod. Nobody knew either the horse or the
The old blacksmith tied the horse to
a hole in the lip of a cauldron (used for the purpose of cooling his hot iron) that he had built in some
When he had tied the horse up he went
to shoe the off hind-leg, but directly he touched the horse the spirited animal started back with a bound, and
dragged the cauldron from the masonry, and then it broke the halter and ran away out of the forge, and was never
neither the horse nor its
When the old blacksmith came to pull
down the masonry to rebuild it, he found three brass kettles full of money.
THE OLD MAN AND THE FAIRIES
Many years ago the Welsh mountains
were full of fairies. People used to go by moonlight to see them dancing, for they knew where they would dance
by seeing green rings in the grass.
There was an old man living in those
days who used to frequent the fairs that were held across the mountains. One day he was crossing the mountains
to a fair, and when he got to a lonely valley he sat down, for he was tired, and he dropped off to sleep, and
his bag fell down by his side. When he was sound asleep the fairies came and carried him off, bag and all, and
took him under the earth, and when he awoke he found himself in a great palace of gold, full of fairies dancing
and singing. And they took him and showed him everything, the splendid gold room and gardens, and they kept
dancing round him until he fell asleep.
When he was asleep they carried him
back to the same spot where they had found him, and when he awoke he thought he had been dreaming, so he looked
for his bag, and got hold of it, but he could hardly lift it. When he opened it he found it was nearly filled
He managed to pick it up, and turning
round, he went home.
When he got home, his wife Kaddy
said: "What's to do, why haven't you been to the fair?" "I've got something here," he said, and showed his wife
"Why, where did you get
But he wouldn't tell her. Since she
was curious, like all women, she kept worrying him all night--for he'd put the money in a box under the bed--so
he told her about the fairies.
Next morning, when he awoke, he thought he'd go to the fair and buy a lot of things, and he
went to the box to get some of the gold, but found it full of cockle-shells.
As black-eyed, black-haired Eva Sauvet was walking one day
in J ersey
she saw a lozenge-marked snake, whereupon she ran away
When she got home and told her mother, the old woman
"Well, child, next time you see the snake give it
The next day Eva went out with beating heart, and ere long
the snake come gliding out from the bushes, so she threw
handkerchief, for she was too frightened to hand it to the
The snake's eyes gleamed and twinkled, and taking the
into his fangs, he made off to an old ruin, whither Eva
But when they got to the ruin the snake disappeared, and
home to tell her mother.
Next day, Pere Sauvet and some men went to the ruin, where
showed the hole where the snake had
Old Pere Sauvet lit a fire, and smoked the snake out,
with a stick as it glided over the stones.
After that they dug out the hole, when they found the
Digging still further along, they came upon a hollow place,
bottom of which they found a lot of gold.
I have located several collections of very old Celtic,
Irish, Welsh and Scottish fairie tales that I am working on publishing. Come back often and check for
as soon as I am finished I will post the link here. Once I am finished the publications will entail
over 1,000 fairie tales that were written from 200 to over 2,000 years ago!
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