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Featured in Digital Art at its Best 29 September 2012
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A Welsh Fairy Story-
The Gwragedd Annwn are Welsh water faeries, beautiful Lake Maidens who occasionally take mortals to be their husbands. One well-known legend tells of a young man who used to graze his cattle by a small lake near the Black Mountains. One day he saw a most enchanting creature rowing gently to and fro in a golden boat on the surface of the lake. He fell deeply in love with her and offered her some of the bread he had brought from home but it was too hard and she disappeared into the depths. The young man’s mother gave him some unbaked dough to take with him the next day and he offered this to the faerie but she answered that it was too soft and again disappeared. On the third day his mother gave him some lightly baked bread and this passed muster. Three figures rose from the lake, an old men with a beautiful daughter on either side of him. The girls were identical and the father told the young farmer that he was in love if he could point her out. The farmer would have given up in despair but one slightly moved her foot and he, recognizing her slipper, won her hand.

The water-faerie was given a fine dowry and they lived together happily.
However, the young farmer had been warned that he would lose his beautiful wife should he strike her three times causelessly. It so happened that, although they were indeed blissfully happy, Gwragedd Annwn had some curious faerie ways; she might weep at a wedding or laugh and sing at the funeral of a child and this eventually led her to her loving husband reproving her three times, more by a love-tap than a blow, but this was enough and she was forced to leave him. She did not forget her sons however and taught them many secrets of medicine so that they became famed physicians.

Model – Faestock
Stone Arch – HBKerr
Tower – jm-stock
Boat – MaureenOlder


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  • Lissywitch
    Lissywitchabout 2 years ago

    amazing creation Linda, love the story behind it too x

  • Thank you kindly for your comment and the favorite Sarah <3

    – Linda Lees

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 2 years ago

    Congratulations from your hosts at Creation!

    08-05-12 Beautiful work! :o)

  • Thank you very much Bunny, that’s a lovely surprise!

    – Linda Lees

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaabout 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your awesome feature in Creation! Excellent image and love the blue tones!

  • I’m so pleased you like it Deborah, thanks for your lovely comment!

    – Linda Lees

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignabout 2 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

  • MarieG
    MarieGabout 2 years ago

    Amazing creation Linda…and fascinating story…! great work!

  • I’m so pleased you like it Marie, thank you very much for the fav <3

    – Linda Lees

  • Rivendell7
    Rivendell7about 2 years ago

    What a wonderful image and enchanting write-up! Delightful! (One of my favourite books is Evans-Wentz ‘The Fairy Faiith in Celtic Countries’. Love this! Congrats on the features.
    Dave ;-)

  • I’m pleased you enjoyed viewing and reading Dave! Thanks for your kind comment

    – Linda Lees

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchabout 2 years ago

    Such beautiful storytelling, both in words and image….and a fabulous creation!!!!

  • Thank you Laurie, I’m glad you like it, but I can’t take credit for the story, it’s a traditional Welsh fairy story.

    – Linda Lees

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedabout 2 years ago

    08-09-12 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been featured in ART UNIVERSE
    Please click the banner to comment on your permanent Feature page:

  • Thank you ever so much for featuring this work in one of your beautiful galleries Kira, I appreciate it

    – Linda Lees

  • Heather King
    Heather Kingabout 2 years ago


  • I’m happy you like it Heather, thank you

    – Linda Lees

  • John Ryan
    John Ryanabout 2 years ago

  • Thank you so much for featuring my work John, I’m really pleased :-) .

    – Linda Lees

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