|Take the Fair Face of Woman by Sophie Anderson 1823-1903|
These lovely beings are said to live very happily in lakes or streams or in the hollows of the hills. The women folk are called y mamau or mothers. They dance gracefully in the moonlight, make fairy rings, heap treasures on those they favor, steal little children (especially those with fair hair) and substitute them for gifts or changelings. They also create fairy paths and those that follow such a path should do so with caution.
According to legend, the lake Llyn Y Fan Fach, which is located in Carmarthenshire, South Wales is one place the Tylwyth Teg called home. On a specific day each year, a rock near this lake opened. Those who who were brave enough to enter, could follow a secret passageway, which came to an abrupt end at the small island in the center of the lake.
That shouldn't be too hard, really. After all, the island wasn't all that distinct, and except for that one day (some say May Day), the entrance was never visible to human eyes. The only tell-tale sign that something otherworldly might exist, is the fact that the birds would never invade the area.
Nonetheless, despite the graciousness of his host, and his vow of secrecy, the last visitor on record, stole a flower from the garden, hid it away inside his pocket, and made his way to the surface. In the very moment of his arrival, the flower disappeared and he lost his senses. An act of revenge or outrage perhaps? Most likely, for according to the legend, the door has never again been opened. Most certainly the Tylwyth Teg are still there because at times, one can still hear ethereal music carried by the wind and the birds still keep their distance.
I am telling you all of this because the Fair Folk of ancient Welsh legend, in my own way and interpretation, are very much part of The Court of the Hawk, due out April 15th!
So tell me, do you believe in Fairies?