A Witch in the Shape of a Hare, suffering a blow to the Head, Witches in Welsh folklore and mythology, a tale from Llanidloes Wales
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Title: A Witch in the Shape of a Hare, suffering a blow to the Head


An old woman, thought to be a witch, was said by a neighbour to be in the habit of visiting her nightly in the shape of a hare and that in consequence she was deprived of her rest.  The witch came to her bed as a hare, crossed it and the tormented one was determined to put an end to this persecution.  For this purpose she procured a hammer, which she placed under her pillow when she retired to rest.  That night the old witch, unaware of the reception awaiting her, paid her usual visit to her victim.  But the instant she jumped on the bed she received a stunning blow on the head and, it need not be added, disappeared.  Next morning, a friend of the persecuted woman, who was in the secret of the whole case, on some pretext paid the supposed witch a visit and she was greatly astonished to find her laid up, suffering from a frightful black eye, which her visitor believed to be the result of the blow dealt her with the hammer on the previous night.


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