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A public domain book is one that was never subject to copyright or whose legal copyright term has expired. As to Setfadi Bm or Syfadon, it is probably of Goidellc origin, and to be identified with such an Irish name as the feminine Samthann : see Dec. To keep within our data, we are at liberty to suppose that this was the name of the wicked princess in the story, and that she was the ancestress of a clan once powerfiil on and around the lake, which lies within a Goidelic area indicated by its Ogam inscriptions. I had the loan from him of one such essay, and I have referred to the Brython; and I have also had from Mr.Whether a book is in the public domain may vary country to country. CHAPTER II The Fairies' Revenge In th'olde dajres of the king Arthour, Of which that Britons speken greet honour. The elf-queen, with hir joly companye, Daunced ful ofte in many a grene mede; This was the olde opinion, as I rede. Jones a number of letters, most of which contain some additional information.Google This is a digital copy of a book that was preserved for generations on library shelves before it was carefully scanned by Google as part of a project to make the world's books discoverable online. ^ Howells has also an account of JLyn Savadhan, as he writes it : see his Cambrian Superstitions, pp.It has survived long enough for the copyright to expire and the book to enter the public domain. loo-a, where he quaintly says that the story of the wickedness of the ancient lord of Syfiidbn is assigned as the reason why * the superstitious little river Lewenny will not mix its water with that of the lake.* Lewenny is a reckless improvement of Mapes* Leuem (printed Lenem) ; and Giraldus' Clamosum implies an old spe Uing ^fid^ pro- nounced the same as the later spelling ILy/ni, which is now made into ILynfi or TLynoi\ the river so called flows through the lake and into the Wye at Glasbury. The best living authority I have found on the folk- lore of Bedgelert, Drws y Coed, and the surrounding district, is Mr. He has written a good deal on the subject in the Brython, and in essays intended for competition at various literary meetings in Wales.
My information has been obtained partly viva voce, partly by letter. Mynyb y Cnwc : A writer in the Brython for 1859, 457, 458. drank many a homful from the Big Quart without ever breaking down, and old Ifan Owen, the fisherman, tearing away for the best at their yarns, sometimes a tissue of lies and sometimes truth.
It is a cause of genuine regret to me that I did not commence my inquiries earlier, when I had more opportunities of pursuing them, especially when I was a village schoolmaster in Anglesey and could have done the folklore of that island thoroughly; but my education, such as it was, had been of a nature to discourage all interest in anything that savoured of heathen lore and superstition. Langorse : Giraldus, in his Itinerarium Kambrice^ 72. My parents used to let me go every evening to the house of my grand£ither, William ab Rhisiart, the clerk, to listen to tales, and to hear edifying bodes read.
Nor is that all, for the schoolmasters of my early days took very little trouble to teach their pupils to keep their eyes open or take notice of what they heard around them ; so I grew up without having acquired the habit of observing anything, except the Sabbath. My grand£ither was a reader ''without his rival,'* and ^ he used to beat the parson hollow." Many people used to meet at Pen y Bont in the evenings to omverse together, and the stories of some of them were now and then exceedingly eloquent Of course, I listened with eager ears and open mouth, in order, if I heard anything new, to be able to repeat it to my mother.
Google Book Search helps readers discover the world's books while helping authors and publishers reach new audiences. I soon found what I was not wholly unprepared for, that as a rule I could not get a single story of any length from the mouths of any of my fellow countrymen, but a consider- able number of bits of stories. This remained her name to the day of her death : and the old people at Bedgelert persisted in calling me, so long as I was at home, William Prichard, after my grandfather, as I was my mother's eldest child. Jones, • relate to the parishes of Bedgelert and Dolwydelen.
You can search through the full text of this book on the web at | //books .google .com/I ■x-i 1 ^, VJ- CELTIC FOLKLORE J. PVBIOMIBK TO TNB UNIVKKSITY OF OXPOKD LONDON, EDINBURGH, AND NSW YORK CELTIC FOLKLORE WELSH AND MANX BY JOHN RHt S, M. In some instances these were so scrappy that it took me years to discover how to fit them into their proper context ; but, speaking generally, I may say, that, as the materials, such as they were, accumulated, my initial difficulties dis- appeared. My kindred have lived for generations in those two parishes, and they are very numerous : in fact, it used to be said thai the people of Dolwydelen and Bedgelert were all cousins.Public domain books are our gateways to the past, representing a wealth of history, culture and knowledge that's often difficult to discover. In harmony, moreover, with my usual practice, I have asked Mr. This he has been kind enough to do ; and, as I have so far followed no particular order in these jottings, I shall now give the reader the substance of his letters in English, as I am anxious that no item should be lost or left inaccessible to English students of folklore.Marks, notations and other maiginalia present in the original volume will appear in this file - a reminder of this book's long journey from the publisher to a library and finally to you. What is unintelligible to me may not be so to those who have made a serious study of the subject. Jones' words are in substance to the following effect : — *I was bred and bom in the parish of Bedgelert, ^6 CELTIC FOLKLORE [ch.Refrain fivm automated querying Do not send automated queries of any sort to Google's system: If you are conducting research on machine translation, optical character recognition or other areas where access to a large amount of text is helpful, please contact us. As an example of the old-fashioned habits of the people of Bedgelert in my early days, I may mention the way in which wives and children used to be named.