The Fairy Shilling, Fairies in Welsh folklore and mythology, a tale from Unknown Wales
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Category: Fairies
Sub Category: Fairy Riches and Gifts
Title: The Fairy Shilling


There was a clean, tidy, hardworking woman, who was most particular about keeping her house in order.  She had a place for everything, and kept everything in its place.| Every night, before retiring to rest, she was in the habit of brushing up the ashes around the fire place, and putting a few fresh peat on the fire to keep it in all night, and she was careful to sweep the floor before going to bed.  It was a sight worth seeing to see her clean cottage.  One night the Fairies, in their rambles, came that way and entered her house.  It was just such a place as they liked.  They were delighted with the warm fire, the clean floor and hearth, and they stayed there all night and enjoyed themselves greatly.  In the morning, on leaving, they left a bright new shilling on the hearthstone for the woman.  Night after night, they stayed in this woman’s cottage and every morning she picked up a new shilling.  This went on for so long a time that the woman’s worldly condition was much improved.| This her neighbours with envy and surprise perceived, and great was their talk about her.  At last it was noticed that she always paid for the things she bought with new shilling pieces and the neighbours could not make out where she got all these bright shillings from.  They were determined, if possible, to ascertain, and one of their number was deputed to take upon her the work of obtaining from the woman the history of these new shillings.  She found no difficulty whatever in doing so, for the woman, in her simplicity, informed her gossip that every morning the coin was found on the hearthstone.  Next morning the woman, as usual, expected to find a shilling, but never afterwards did she discover one and the Fairies came no more to her house, for they were offended with her for divulging the secret.


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