By Wirt Sikes
One of the main attractive and whole collections of reports, legends, myths, folktales, and traditions to ever emerge from Wales. Compiled through an American—the usa consul for Wales within the overdue 19th century—this quantity used to be the paintings of a number of years’ labor.
Scouring the hills and valleys of Wales after falling in love with the land, the writer wrote down the oral traditions, tales, myths, and legends relating to him by means of the folks he met on his travels. the end result used to be a striking paintings, divided up into 4 sections: “Faerie Realm,” the “Spirit-World,” “Quaint previous Customs,” and “Bells, Wells, Stones, and Dragons.”
In this e-book, the reader won't in basic terms research of the best Welsh legends (including King Arthur, Iolo ap Hugh, the golf green woman of Caerphilly), but additionally of the neighborhood fairy tales or even the superstitions of ancient—and now not so ancient—Wales.
Rarely has a nation’s mythos and essence been so elegantly captured as during this paintings. The legacy of Welsh mythology and folklore has entered the vocabulary of contemporary English, and unfold around the globe, being a few of the oldest stories in all Europe.
As the writer states in his introduction:
“In a definite feel Wales could be spoken of because the cradle of fairy legend. it's not now disputed that from the Welsh have been borrowed the various first topics of composition within the literature of the entire cultivated peoples of Europe.”
This variation has been thoroughly reset, comprises the total textual content and the entire wonderful—and hand restored—illustrations of the unique paintings. it's a literary treasure of the 1st class.