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


“Once the people who lived in the neighbourhood of Gyfylliog went badger-hunting. They failed the first day to get sight of one. But they laid a trap for one by the next day. This they did by placing a sack’s open mouth with a noose through it at the entrance to the badger’s den. The vermin was in the habit of entering his abode by one passage and leaving it by another. The one by which he entered was too precipitous and slippery to be used as an exit, and the trappers placed the sack in this hole, well knowing that the running noose in the mouth of the sack would close if anything entered. The next morning the hunters returned to the snare, and at once observed that the mouth of the sack was tightly drawn up, a sign that there was something in it. The bag was taken up and thrown on the shoulders of one of the men to be carried home. But then they heard a voice in the bag say, “My father is calling me,” though no one was heard to do so. Upon this, the hunters, throwing down the bag, began to run away, and they were glad to do so, although they had to leave their sack behind them, believing, as they did, that they had captured one of the spirits of the bottomless pit. But afterwards they understood that it was one of the Fairy Tribe that was in the sack.”


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