The Gors Goch Changeling Legend, Fairies in Welsh folklore and mythology, a tale from Carno Wales
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Category: Fairies
Sub Category: Changeling Legend
Title: The Gors Goch Changeling Legend


There was once a happy family living in a place called Gors Goch. One night, as usual, they went to bed, but they could not sleep a single wink, because of the noise outside the house. At last the master of the house got up, and trembling, enquired ‘What was there, and what was wanted.’ A clear sweet voice answered him thus, ‘We want a warm place where we can tidy the children.’ The door was opened when there entered half full the house of the Tylwyth Têg, and they began forthwith washing their children. And when they had finished, they commenced singing, and the singing was entrancing. The dancing and the singing were both excellent. On going away they left behind them money not a little for the use of the house. And afterwards they came pretty often to the house, and received a hearty welcome in consequence of the large presents which they left behind them on the hob. But at last a sad affair took place which was no less than an exchange of children. The Gors Goch baby was a dumpy child, a sweet, pretty, affectionate little dear, but the child which was left in its stead was a sickly, thin, shapeless, ugly being, which did nothing but cry and eat, and although it ate ravenously like a mastiff, it did not grow. At last the wife of Gors Goch died of a broken heart, and so also did all her children, but the father lived a long life and became a rich man, because his new heir’s family brought him abundance of gold and silver.


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