A close look at the use of γελαν, αλλος and ετερος shows that none of the interpretation of Pi. I. 1,67-68 proposed by Farnell, Norwood, Bundy, Privitera and Most can be upheld. The alternative is either to adopt an interpretation close to Thummer's which is linguistically sound but makes little sense in the context, or to alter the text. A conjecture which is palaeographically close and makes good sense is to read γέλω in place of γελα.
[Mosch.] 3.88 does not refer to the Boeotian forests but to the Boeotian town Hylai as Pindar's birthplace. The tradition that Pindar was born in Kynoskephalai seems to have originated later and may go back to Plutarch.