Celtic Fairy Tales #12


King O'Toole and His Goose OCH, I thought all the world, far and near, had heerd o' King O'Toole--well, well, but the darkness of mankind is untellable! Well, sir, you must know, as you didn't bear it afore, that there was a king, called King O'Toole who was a fine old king in the old … Continue reading Celtic Fairy Tales #12

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Celtic Fairy Tales #11


Gold-Tree and Silver-Tree ONCE upon a time there was a king who had a wife, whose name was Silver-tree, and a daughter, whose name was Gold-tree. On a certain day of the days, Gold-tree and Silver-tree went to a glen, where there was a well, and in it there was a trout. Said Silver-tree, "Troutie, … Continue reading Celtic Fairy Tales #11

Celtic Fairy Tales #8


The Sprightly Tailor A SPRIGHTLY tailor was employed by the great Macdonald, in his castle at Saddell, in order to make the laird a pair of trews, used in olden time. And trews being the vest and breeches united in one piece, and ornamented with fringes, were very comfortable, and suitable to be worn in … Continue reading Celtic Fairy Tales #8

Celtic Fairy Tales #7


The Shepherd of Myddvai UP in the Black Mountains in Caermarthenshire lies the lake known as Lyn y Van Vach. To the margin of this lake the shepherd of Myddvai once led his lambs, and lay there whilst they sought pasture. Suddenly, from the dark waters of the lake, he saw three maidens rise. Shaking … Continue reading Celtic Fairy Tales #7

Celtic Fairy Tales #6


Hudden and Dudden and Donald O'Neary THERE was once upon a time two farmers, and their names were Hudden and Dudden. They had poultry in their yards, sheep on the uplands, and scores of cattle in the meadow-land alongside the river. But for all that they weren't happy. For just between their two farms there … Continue reading Celtic Fairy Tales #6