The Son of Llech y Derwydd and the Fairies


The next Fairy tale that I shall give akin to the preceding stories is to be found in “Y Brython”, vol. iii., pp. 459-60.  The writer of the tale was the Rev. Benjamin Williams, whose bardic name was Gwynionydd.  I do not know the source whence Mr. Williams derived the story, but most likely he obtained it from some aged person who firmly believed that the tale was a true record of what actually occurred.  In the “Brython” the tale is called: “Y Tylwyth Teg a Mab Llech y Derwydd,” and this title I will retain, merely translating it.  The introduction, however, I will not give, as it does not directly bear on the subject now under consideration.

The son of Llech y Derwydd was the only son of his parents and heir to the farm.  He was very dear to his father and mother, yea, he was as the very light of their eyes.  The son and the head servant man were bosom friends, they were like two brothers, or rather twins.  As they were such close friends the farmer’s wife was in the habit of clothing them exactly alike.  The two friends fell in love with two young handsome women who were highly respected in the neighbor-hood.  This event gave the old people great satisfaction, and ere long the two couples were joined in holy wedlock, and great was the merry-making on the occasion.  The servant man obtained a convenient place to live in on the grounds of Llech y Derwydd.  About six months after the marriage of the son, he and the servant man went out to hunt.  The servant penetrated to a ravine filled with brushwood to look for game, and presently returned to his friend, but by the time he came back the son was nowhere to be seen.  He continued awhile looking about for his absent friend, shouting and whistling to attract his attention, but there was no answer to his calls…..Read More

3 thoughts on “The Son of Llech y Derwydd and the Fairies

  1. I like how you included the picture of Dumbledore, and the article is really interesting as well.


    1. Well I replied to your comment and I don’t know where it went. Let’s try this again….it was the only decent pic of an older man with a super long beard. I knew who he was and I figured someone would call me out on it. But if you had seen some of those other pics, you would have wondered what the heck was wrong with me. I knew someone would catch me but…did you leave a comment on the Gazette? I have been wanting someone to leave a comment over there to show him how to find them and answer them. We are still in the blogging 101 stage. I have done all the pics over there so far. I don’t mind, I read the articles and then hunt the pics down for the articles. I believe if he was to get a comment it would probably scare him. Can’t wait till he does. But like I said it was the best looking photo I could find. I hope I didn’t offend you by using it.
      Lady A
      Now let’s see if this goes through….. Oh, I just went over to the site real quick, how did you like the pic of the FAIRY CHANGELINGS. I love that one, I thought it was adorable.


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