The Gwyddelwern Version of the Capture of the Fairy Man, Fairies in Welsh folklore and mythology, a tale from Gwyddelwern Wales
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Title: The Gwyddelwern Version of the Capture of the Fairy Man


There are many tales current of wee Fairy men having been captured. These tales are, however, evidently variants of the same story. The dwarfs are generally spoken of as having been caught by a trapper in his net, or bag, and the hunter, quite unconscious of the fact that a Fairy is in his bag, proceeds homewards, supposing that he has captured a badger, or some other kind of vermin, but, all at once, he hears the being in the bag speak, and throwing the bag down he runs away in a terrible fright. Such in short is the tale. I will proceed to give several versions of this story.|Gwyddelwern Version.|The following tale was told by Mr. Evan Roberts, Ffridd Agored, a farmer in the parish of Llanfwrog. Roberts heard the story when he was a youth in the parish of Gwyddelwern. It is as follows:—|A man went from his house for peat to the stack on the hill. As he intended to carry away only a small quantity for immediate use, he took with him a bag to carry it home. When he got to the hill he saw something running before him, and he gave chase and caught it and bundled it into the bag. He had not proceeded far on his way before he heard a small voice shout somewhere near him, “Neddy, Neddy.” And then he heard another small voice in the bag saying, “There is daddy calling me.” No sooner did the man hear these words than in a terrible fright he threw the bag down, and ran home as fast as he could.


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