EP52 Beware the Fairy Lights!: Discover the secrets of the Ellylldan, the dangerous Welsh elf-fire which haunt the forests much like the English Will-o’-wisp, on Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast!


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Does elf fire - so-called fairy lights - really lure weary travellers to their doom at night?

For centuries, strange glowing lights have been reported in the wilds of Wales and around the world.

Sharing similarities with fellow elf-like creatures, from the English Will-o’-wisp to the Breton sprite, they are blamed for leading people off the beaten track and into dangerous marshy lands where they might come to a sticky end.

They also have a connection with one of William Shakespeare's more famous creatures, the mischievous puck in the fairy-filled masterpiece A Midsummer Night's Dream, and these pwca or pooka once roamed all over Britain causing all manner of chaos.

To discover the secrets of these "luring elf-fire", join author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) as he goes in search of the secrets of the Ellylldan on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast.

What is the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?

In early 2020, Mark Rees launched the world’s first podcast dedicated to Welsh ghost stories, folklore, myths and legends.

By combining his unique research and insights from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at the country's countless curious subjects.

New episodes are uploaded every Thursday and feature everything from real-life encounters with pesky poltergeists to fantastical beasts from the Mabinogion and the skulled-headed Christmas favourite herself, the Mari Lwyd.

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