The Fairies Giving Money To a Man for joining them in their Dance, Fairies in Welsh folklore and mythology, a tale from Pentrefoelas Wales
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Title: The Fairies Giving Money To a Man for joining them in their Dance

Tomas Moris, Ty’n-y-Pant, returning home one delightful summer night from Llanrwst fair, came suddenly upon a company of Fairies dancing in a ring.  In the centre of the circle were a number of speckled dogs, small in size, and they too were dancing with all their might.  After the dance came to an end, the Fairies persuaded Tomas to accompany them to Hafod Bryn Mullt, and there the dance was resumed and did not terminate until the break of day.  Before the Fairies departed they requested their visitor to join them the following night at the same place and they promised, if he would do so, to enrich him with gifts of money, but they made him promise that he would not reveal to anyone the place where they held their revels.  This Tomas did and night after night was spent pleasantly by him in the company of his merry newly-made friends.  True to their word, he nightly parted company with them, laden with money and thus he had no need to spend the rest of his days in manual labour.  This went on as long as Tomas Moris kept his word, but alas, one day, he divulged to a neighbour the secret of his riches.  That night, as usual, he went to Hafod Bryn Mullt, but his generous friends were not there and he noticed that in the place where they had danced there was nothing but cockle shells.|In certain parts of Wales it was believed that Fairy money, on close inspection, would be found to be cockle shells. Mrs. Hugh Jones, Corlanau, who has already been mentioned, told the writer that a man found a crock filled, as he thought when he first saw it, with gold, but on taking it home he discovered that he had carried home from the mountain nothing but cockle shells. This Mrs. Jones told me was Fairy money.

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