Maon was the rightful heir to the throne
of Ireland, which was
usurped by his grand-uncle Covac. Covac had killed
Maon's father and
grandfather, the king, and tortured the boy, Maon,
who, in consequence,
lost his speech. In exile in Gaul (modern France),
Maon grew up into a
noble youth, and was in love with Moriath, the
princess of Ulster. In
order to bring him back to Ireland, she wrote a
love song for him and
had her father's harper, Craftiny, compose the
music for it. Then she
equipped the harper with rich gifts and sent him to
Gaul where he
played the love song to Maon.
come tell us the story of the wee
childer, ye've heard it a hundred times afore. I
needn't tell it over again.'
'Ah! but, grannie, it's such a fine one. You must
tell it. Just once.'
'Well, well, if ye'll all promise to be good, I'll
tell it ye again.'
There lived an old man and an old woman at
the side of a burn. They
had two cows, five hens, and a cock, a cat and two
kittens. The old man
looked after the cows, and the old wife span on the
Wales has hundreds of
and legends many of them hundreds, even thousands
of years old. A very
famous one is the story of Cantre'r Gwaelod.
The story was that there was land instead of sea in
what is now called
Cardigan Bay. This land was a country ruled by a
king called Gwyddno
Garanhir. It was a very pretty country and hundreds
of people lived
there. But the land was below sea level so the only
way that they could
keep the sea from flooding the country was with a
huge stone wall. The
person in charge of looking after the wall was the
His job was to make sure that there was always at
least two watchmen in
the towers on the wall and more at high tide or
when there was a storm.
The watchmen were there to watch for holes in the
great sea wall.
Somtimes holes would appear, but it was not a
problem. All they had to
do was ring a big bell in the main tower and people
would come running
up from the villages to repair them.