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Gary & Ruth bring you readings from the Classic Books of Celtic Lore and Study

Dec 13, 2017

 The Powers of Bells

British Goblins: Welsh Folk Lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions (1881)

Book 3 Chapter 6


Wirt Sikes

In this chapter, we learn that the sound of Brass bells can break enchantments, how they could exorcise spirits and even foretell storms. Sikes also tells us the story of how a stolen Church Bell was carried home to Wales by a very determined horse.

  • Base of the Primeval Mythology 0:54
  • Bells and their Ghosts 1:36
  • The Bell that committed Murder and was damned for it 3:55
  • The Occult Powers of Bells 7:32
  • Their Work as Detectives, Doctors, etc. 9:43
  • Legend of the Bell of Rhayader 11:24
  • St. Illtyd's Wonderful Bell 14:20
  • The Golden Bell of Llandaff 14:32


Names Used in this Section

All proper names and words in Welsh or other languages are recorded here in the show-notes and we've done our best to get the pronunciations right for you.

St. Illtyd
Langorse Pool, Breconshire
St. Cadoc
Llewellyn ap Iorweth, Lord of Caerleo
Caerleon, Monmouthshire
Llanfair Duffryn Clwyd
St. Paul's
St. David's
Ramsey Sound
River Taf
Llantwit Major
King Arthur
St. Oudoceus



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