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The Barddas of Iolo Morganwg, Vol. I

By: Ab Ithel, J. W.

Description: The Barddas of Iolo Morganwg is a collection of writings, largely forged, about ancient Welsh Bardic and Druidic beliefs. Although the author of this work is cited as J. Williams Ab Ithel, he was actually the editor, who pieced it together from manuscripts written by Iolo Morganwg. Iolo Morganwg (1747-1826), itinerant poet and scholar, was a key figure in the Druid revival of the 19th century. He was personally responsible for reviving the Welsh national poe...

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The Candle of Vision

By: Russell, George William

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Fairies

By: Faulding, Gertrude M.

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Prolegomena to the Study of Old Welsh Poetry

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Popular Tales of the West Highlands, Volume II

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Popular Tales of the West Highlands, Volume III

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Popular Tales of the West Highlands, Volume IV

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The Four Ancient Books of Wales

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