Notes, types and motifs

Notes for the story ''I Have a Hen,' said Richards Cefen-gâr...'

This accumulative rhyme refers to farms and smallholdings in the Ffair-rhos, Pontrhydfendigaid and Ystrad-fflur area. According to Mary Thomas and her husband, William Thomas, these are the names and surnames of the people mentioned in the rhyme: Richard Jones, Cefen-gâr, Ffair-rhos; Morgan Jones, Tŷ Gwyn, Ffair-rhos; Richard Hughes, Bron Berllan, Pontrhydfendigaid; Thomas George, Llidiart y Ffair, Ffair-rhos; Elizabeth Jones, Llwyn Llwyd, Ffair-rhos; Thomas Jones, Bryn Coryn; Jacob Jones, Cloddie; Thomas Lloyd (Mary Thomas's father's brother), Cae Madog, Ystrad-fflur; Morgan (Jones?), Dôl Ebolion, Pontrhydfendigaid; Rhisiart (Mary Thomas's grandfather's brother), Pen-lan, Ystrad-fflur.

When Mary Thomas was questioned about the people mentioned in the rhyme, she added the following lines which she had forgotten when first reciting the verse:

'Where?' said Tomos, Pen-dre.
'To the fair,' said Tomos Llidiart Ffair.

These have been included in the text.

Mary Thomas recited this accumulative rhyme quickly, with spirit and zest.


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