The Nanhwynan Version of the Fairy Mother and the Human Midwife, Fairies in Welsh folklore and mythology, a tale from Plas Gwynant Wales
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Category: Fairies
Sub Category: Fairy Mother and Human Midwife
Title: The Nanhwynan Version of the Fairy Mother and the Human Midwife


Once on a time, when a midwife from Nanhwynan had newly got to the Hafodydd Brithion to pursue her calling, a gentleman came to the door on a fine grey horse and asked her come with him at once.  Such was the authority with which he spoke that the poor midwife could not refuse to go, however much it was her duty to stay where she was.  So she mounted behind him and off they went like the flight of a swallow, through Cwmllan, over the Bwlch, down Nant yr Aran and over the Gadair to Cwm Hafod Ruffydd, before the poor woman had time to say ‘Oh.’  When they had got there she saw before her a magnificent mansion, splendidly lit up with such lamps as she had never before seen.  They entered the court and a crowd of servants in expensive liveries came to meet them. The midwife was at once led through the great hall into a bed-chamber, the like of which she had never seen.  There the mistress of the house, to whom she had been fetched, was awaiting her.  She got through her duties successfully and stayed there until the lady had completely recovered. There was nothing but festivity day and night: dancing, singing and endless rejoicing reigned there.  But merry as it was, she found she must go and the nobleman gave her a large purse, with the order not to open it until she had got into her own house. Then he asked one of his servants to escort her the same way she had come.  When she reached home she opened the purse and, to her great joy, it was full of money and she lived happily on those earnings to the end of her life.


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