|Mythology and Folklore|
There are believed to be 'fairy mounds' the folklore of every village in the region was stories of fairies, ghosts, goblins and witches. George Borrow's famous books on Wales chronicle many of these well into Victorian times; with many folk bearing witness to the 'singing and merriment' of the 'fairy hills'.
The 'Mabinogion' has many stories related to the region. 'The Dream of Rhnobwy' is said to have taken place on the Iron Age fort at the top of Long Mountain, which still has its 'fairy mounds'. Arthurian legends centre greatly in the region, particularly Forden, Long Mountain and the Camlann Valley near Dinas Mawddy. For further reading on Arthurian studies in the area we recommend 'In the footsteps of King Arthur' by Lawrence Main, published by Western Mail and Echo, Havelock Street, Cardiff CF1 1XR (ISBN 09504042 4)
or 'King Arthur, the True Story', the rivetting best seller from Graham Phillips and Martin Keatman, published by Century / Random Books (ISBN 0712655808)
There are many good local bookshops and information centres selling books on folklore, mythology and ancient sites.
The Folklore of the Welsh Border
In the Footsteps of King Arthur
A Guide to the Dyfi Way
Camlan, the true story
King Arthur, the true story
The Sacred Yew
Ancient Mysteries of Wales
Powys Montgomeryshire Village Book
Mid Wales Companion
|Fans of mythology, folklore and 'fairy kingdoms' will find a wealth of delights in Wales. Until recent generations, belief in the 'wee people' was common in Powys and many ancient structures and earthworks were untouched for generations.