A collection of eighty Welsh Legends and Myths, gathered from across Wales. Previously published in five volumes as ‘Legends and Myths from Wales’. The Welsh, like other Celtic races, love a good story. From the time of the Mabinogion and the Black Book of Carmarthen welsh folk have passed dark winter nights in front of roaring fires and entertained with mythical stories. Welsh Legends and Myths is a compendium of traditional myths, Welsh fables, Welsh fairy tales and real stories.
Some, like the legend of the lady of the lake and the dragon myths, are centuries old. Others, such as the story of Gelert, are more recent inventions. The story of Gelert is retold to Welsh school children who are unaware that it's a advertising ploy. The story of Gelert was a tale created by the manager of the newly opened Beddgelert Hotel in 1803. He enlisted the help of locals to build the grave and started spreading the legend to encourage people to visit Beddgelert and stay at his hotel. His great wheeze should have been named the story of Beddgelert.
This collection of monster myths and legends has a huge cast of characters including kings, dragons, beautiful maidens, heroes, villains and humble folk going about their business. It's more than a book of Welsh fairy tales since many of the characters are real. The Welsh archer, Dafydd Gam, was cut down protecting King Henry V at Agincourt in 1425. The King Arthur myths were Norman propaganda, written by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 11th Century. His King Arthur legend was based on Arthur, a warrior Welshman he borrowed from the 6th Century, Black Book of Carmarthen. Any true Welshman will tell you that Merlin came from Carmarthen.
Wales with its rugged mountains, beautiful waterfalls, mysterious lakes and magical castles is a land of mystery, folklore and legend. Learn how the beautiful Nest, Temptress of Cilgerran, tricked her husband, the truth of the French invasion, why there is a Prince sleeping in caves deep beneath Carreg Cennen Castle, the secret of Culver Hole and why Twm Shon Cati, another real person, is known as the Welsh Robin Hood. Discover the legend of Dafydd Gam and how he got his name, why the Men of Harlech were so valiant and the reason King Tewdrig returned to save his kingdom. Learn the incredible story of Merthyr and its Iron Masters, an 18th Century tale of greed, ambition and wealth. From an earlier time, Tylwyth Teg (The Fairies) of Pentrefoelas is one of the oldest Welsh fairy tales, a Welsh fable of love and desertion. These are just a few of the Welsh legends told in these pages.
Many of the myths and legends are based on factual events. Some have mythical roots, but all are entertaining.
Hi. I'm Graham Watkins and I have spent the last few years researching welsh legends and myths. It has been a wonderful project and great fun as I explored rugged mountains, mysterious castles, enchanting waterfalls and golden beaches to discover the tales that have been handed down from generation to generation. Wales is a land of mystery and being a Celtic race the Welsh are fantastic story tellers.
Earlier in my life, I was a ships engineer and travelled across the world. When I got married I had a choice; return to sea or stay home with my new bride. I stayed and went into sales. In 1989 I started my own company and it prospered.
I sold the business in 2003 and, with my wife, ran away to a rambling farmhouse high in the Brecon Beacons. I learnt a lot selling the business and decided to write a book about how I did it. That's how I started writing. Today, I am a writer, hobby farmer and explorer. It's all been great fun and the story isn't over yet. My latest book 'Birth of a Salesman' has just been published and there are more to follow. Watch out for 'Blood and Dragons - The History of Carmarthenshire and the Gower.'
My current project 'The Iron Masters', is a historical novel, my first, chronicling the life of Nye Vaughn, a farm boy who becomes the most powerful arms manufacturer in the world. His cannons enabled Nelson to win the Battle of Trafalgar and cleared the field of French infantry at Waterloo.
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Very informative. Really enjoyed reading the legends about the areas am so familiar with. Had a vague idea about a few of the legends but was so interesting to read the full stories. Some fascinating myths and legends that were a pleasure to read. Interesting book and would make an excellent gift.
If you live in, or are planning to visit Wales then Graham Watkins book is a must have - it makes walks in the forests and moors into something quite magical - and is a great way to tell the old myths and mysteries to children - of all ages! I live in Wales and hadn't heard of all of them - great to have these old tales brought into a modern format for all to enjoy.
Extremely well researched and written,Graham Watkins brings these wonderful welsh legends to life in this enjoyable book. Ideal as a companion for great welsh holidays,as a gift for anyone interested in Wales or folk history and for everyone who enjoys a good read!Keep then coming Graham!
We found this book very interesting & informative,lots of little tales which could easily be forgotten as time passes,Wales is a very beautiful place well worth visiting & we have spent some happy times there.review of Kindle edition from Amazon.
All traditional tales have their variations in the telling over the years so it is not surprising that some of the authors versions vary from the ones I know. Well done for bring these stories to a new audience. There are a few mistakes and typos and a few factual errors. KENTCHURCH is in Herefordshire not Kent and a very short walk from Monmouthshire . I am ending here as I am so fed up with this machine changing words I am writing to ridiculous alternatives.
Welsh Legends and Myths is an interesting collection of short stories drawn from across Wales. At last I know why Llyn Glaslyn, the lake at the foot of Snowdon, is green; coloured as it was by the copper hilt in King Arthur's sword, Excalibur. If the legend is true and Arthur fell mortally wounded at the Pass of Arrows, then he must have been a Welshman! An entertaining read which I thoroughly enjoyed. "