An ominous sound, imitating some earthly sound of one sort or another, which is always heard before either a funeral or some dreadful catastrophe. Superstitious carpenters would say that they invariably heard the Tolaeth before they received an order to make a coffin. See also Teulu.



  • Sikes, W. (1880). British Goblins: Welsh folk-lore, fairy mythology, legends and traditions. London: Sampson Low, pp. 225 ff.