7 DECEMBER 1907, Page 9

The Welsh Fairy Book. By W. Jenkyn Thomas. (T. Fisher

Unwin. Gs.)—Mr. Thomas was shocked to find that his Welsh pupils, though they were familiar with the fairy-lore of other countries, knew nothing of their own. This led him to collect stories from various sources. These he has put together in the volume before us. Some of them—they number between eighty and ninety—look like variants of well-known tales. The "Fairy Wife" and " Einion and the Lady of the Greenwood," for instance, have many counterparts in other folk-lore; others are quite unfamiliar. On the whole, there is much novelty about the collection.