Fairies In Markets And Fairs


It was once firmly believed by the Welsh that the Fairy Tribe visited

markets and fairs, and that their presence made business brisk. If there

was a buzz in the market place, it was thought that the sound was made by

the Fairies, and on such occasions the farmers' wives disposed quickly of

their commodities; if, however, on the other hand, there was no buzz, the

Fairies were absent, and there was then no business transacted.

Mr. Richard Jones, Ty'n-y-Wern, Bryneglwys, who, when a youth, lived in

Llanbedr parish, near Ruthin, informed the writer that his mother, after

attending a market at Ruthin, would return home occasionally with the sad

news that They were not there, meaning that the Fairies were not

present in the market, and this implied a bad market and no sweets for

Richard. On the other hand, should the market have been a good one, she

would tell them that They filled the whole place, and the children

always had the benefit of their presence.

This belief that the Fairies sharpened the market was, I think, general.

I find in Y Gordofigion, p. 97, the following words:--

Byddai y Tylwyth Teg yn arfer myned i farchnadoedd y Bala, ac yn gwneud

twrw mawr heb i neb eu gweled, ac yr oedd hyny yn arwydd fod y farchnad

ar godi, which is:--

The Fairies were in the habit of frequenting Bala markets, and they made

a great noise, without any one seeing them, and this was a sign that the

market was sharpening.