The Harper and the Fairies, Fairies in Welsh folklore and mythology, a tale from Bylchau Wales
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Category: Fairies
Sub Category: Fairy Dances
Title: The Harper and the Fairies

There once lived in a remote part of Denbighshire, called Hafod Elwy, an old harper, named Shon Robert, who used to be invited to parties to play for the dancers or to accompany the singers.  One evening he went to Llechwedd Llyfn, in the neighbourhood of Cefn Brith, to hold a merry meeting and it was late before the lads and lasses separated.  At last the harper wended his way homeward.| His path was over the bare mountain.  As he came near a lake called Llyn-y-dau-ychain, he saw on its verge a grand palace, vividly illuminated.  He was greatly surprised at the sight, for he had never seen such a building there before.  He, however, proceeded on his way, and when he came in front of this beautiful palace he was hailed by a Fairy footman and invited to enter.  He accepted the invitation, and was ushered into a magnificent room, where a grand ball was being held.  The Fairies surrounded the harper and became very friendly and, to his wonder, addressed him by name. | This hall was magnificently furnished.  The furniture was of the most costly materials and many things were made of solid gold.  A waiter handed him a golden cup filled with sparkling wine, which the harper gladly quaffed.  He was then asked to play for the company and this he did to the manifest satisfaction of the guests.  By and by one of the Fairies took Shon Robert’s hat round and collected money for the harper’s benefit, and brought it back to him filled with silver and gold.  The feast was carried on with great pomp and merriment until near the dawn of day, when, one by one, the guests disappeared and at last Shon was left alone.  Perceiving a magnificent couch near, he laid himself on it and was soon fast asleep.  He did not awake until mid-day and then, to his surprise, he found himself lying on a heap of heather, the grand palace had vanished away and the gold and silver, which he had transferred from his hat the night before into his bag, was changed to withered leaves.

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