EP43 Nasty Little Elves: The secret origin of the ellyllon, Wales' mischievous fairy folk, and a folk tale from Cardiff on the Ghosts and Folklore podcast. These are not your Lord of the Rings elves!
If you think all elves are tall and noble like in a J.R.R. Tolkien Middle Earth book or a Games Workshop Warhammer game, think again!
The ellyllon - Welsh fairy folk - are small and goblin-like, dwelling in misty and sleepy hollows where they can help you make your fortune, or take it away again at the drop of a hat.
But how can you tell them apart from the other fairies, y twylwyth teg?
For all the secrets join journalist and author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) who goes in search of the secret origins of the elves on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast, which includes an old tale discovered in Victorian Cardiff about the elf who helped a down-on-his-lick farmer.
What is the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?
In early 2020, Mark Rees launched the world’s first podcast dedicated to Welsh ghost stories, folklore, myths and legends.
By combining his unique research and insights from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at countless curious subjects.
New episodes are uploaded every Thursday, and feature everything from real-life encounters with pesky poltergeists to fantastical beasts from the Mabinogion and the skulled-headed Christmas favourite herself, the Mari Lwyd.
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