Tolaeth, Death Rapping or Knocking, Death Portents in Welsh folklore and mythology, a tale from Wales
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Title: Tolaeth, Death Rapping or Knocking

The death rappings are said to be heard in carpenters’ workshops and that they resembled the noise made by a carpenter when engaged in coffin-making.  A respectable miner’s wife had a female friend who had told her that she had often heard this noise in a carpenter’s shop close by her abode. One Sunday evening this friend came and told her that the Tolaeth was at work then and if she would come with her she should hear it.  She complied and there she heard this peculiar sound and was thoroughly frightened. There was no one in the shop at the time, the carpenter and his wife being in chapel.  Sometimes this noise was heard by the person who was to die, but generally by his neighbours.  The sounds were heard in houses even and when this was the case the noise resembled the noise made as the shroud is being nailed to the coffin.

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