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In the last episode, Pwyll had started his battle training with Arawn's Knights, defended the Kingdom of Annwn from strange, Brutish invaders and learned a valuable lesson from Arawn's beautiful Queen. In this episode, after a year of preparation and waiting, he gathers his forces and travels to the Ford between the Worlds. There, he will meet with Hafgan the Summer-White, the King of the Land of Summer and face him in a duel to the death. Only one will walk away. Will Pwyll be able to meet up to Arawn's hopes and expectations?
This episode is also the 5th episode of the First Branch of the Mabinogi and continues the story of Pwyll, the Prince of Dyfed.
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Released: 3 Mar 2013, 27m, 26Mb
News & Views
Ancient Britain and the Atlantic Zone
We have some pieces of astounding news to report in this show and start off with a brief review of the research being conducted by Prof. John Koch of Aberystwyth University along with Barry Cunliffe and other leaders in their fields. Under the title of Ancient Britain and the Atlantic Zone, the project is now in its fifth year and is exploring the possibility that the ancient language of Tartessian is possibly the earliest known Celtic language and that the Celts came to Europe from the West. We covered the Year 3 conference and again in our report about the possible origins of Welsh.
We also report that there is some evidence that an inscription in the Tartessian language may well have been found in Newfoundland indicating that the Celts may have visited the other side of the Atlantic at least 4,000 years ago!
Pwyll Jousts with Hafgan (illus. Lady Charlotte Guest)
Names Used in this Story
Listed in order of appearance
- Caer Arawn
Promo - NODCast
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We'd also like to let everyone know that the closing date for the Celtic Twist Competition set in CMP SP34 Imbolg Brighid Special will be the 18th March 2013 in time for the 2013 Spring Equinox Holiday Special!
Huge Thanks to Special Guest Actors
Damh the Bard
Damh the Bard
Damh, taking on the role of Arawn in the second half of our re-telling of the First Branch, is a musical storyteller who works within the world of myth that cannot be proved; where the Faerie really do dance on Midsummer's Eve, where the trees talk, and the Hollow Hills take you into the realms of Annwn. Where the Goddess rides her horse, guiding you to magic, and the Horned God of old calls us from the shadows of the Greenwood.
You can find out more about Damh and his work on his website at paganmusic.co.uk or on our Contributor page.
Ray, playing Hafgan, is a close, personal friend - living next door to us and not only does poor Ruthie have to put up with us practising our drum lessons together, but also he has developed a deep love of acting in the Show!
Our Sources for the Episode
Places Mentioned in the First Branch, Fascinating website.
Bullfinch's Mythology, The Celts, section 8.
The Mabinogion, pp ix-xxxvi, 3-21, 227-232, Sioned Davies, Oxford, 2007, ISBN 978-0-19-283242
The Mabinogion, pp 9-41, 45-65, Jeffrey Gantz, Penguin, 1976, ISBN 0-14-044322-3
The Mabinogion, pp ix-xliv, 3-24, 275-278, Gwyn Jones & Thomas Jones, Dent & Dutton, 1977, ISBN 0-460-01097-2. Can also be found online at www.donaldcorrell.com
Pwyll Pendeuc Dyfed, Lady Charlotte Guest, Mary Jones
Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed, Lady Charlotte Guest, 1877, Sacred Texts
Notes to Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed, Lady Charlotte Guest, 1877, Sacred Texts
The Mabinogion, Lady Charlotte Guest, 1849, Project Gutenberg
The Mabinogi of Pwyll, W. M. Parker, mabiongi.net. Notes at mabinogion.info
'The Lord of Dyfed', from Legends of the Celts, p.134ff, Frank Delaney, HarperCollins, 1991, ISBN 0-586-21151-9
Tales from the Mabinogion, Gwyn Thomas & Kevin Crossley-Holland, Gollancz, 1984, ISBN 0-575-03531-5
Celtic Myths & Legends, p.147ff, Michael Foss, Selectabook Ltd., 1998, ISBN 0-75252-402-X
Prince of Annwn, Evangeline Walton, Del Rey, 1974, ISBN 0-345-27060-6
Encyclopaedia of Celtic Wisdom, p.117, 156, Caitlin & John Matthews, Element, 1994, ISBN 1-85230-560-6
The Celts, p.211, Frank Delaney, Grafton, 1989, ISBN 0-586-20349-4
Women in Celtic Myth, Moyra Caldecott, Arrow, ISBN 0-09-955920-X
Celtic Heritage, p.41 ff, Alwyn & Brinley Rees, Thames & Hudson, 1978, ISBN 978-0500110089
Pagan Celtic Britain, p.288, Anne Ross, Constable, 1967, ISBN 0-09-472330-3
'Myth in the Mabiogion', from A Celtic Reader, p.151, John Matthews, Aquarian, ISBN 0-85030-935-2
Celtic Myths and Legends, p.356 ff, T. W. Rolleston, 1995, ISBN 978-1859580066
Celtic Folklore: Welsh & Manx Vol.2, pp 499ff, John Rhys, Wildwood House, 1980, ISBN 0-7045-0406-5
The White Goddess, p.215ff, Robert Graves, Faber, 1952
http://www.maryjones.us/jce/eufyd.html, Hyfaidd Hen as one of the Children of Don.
Mabinogi Study: Enlivening Y Mabinogi, Welsh Pronunciation for the Mabinogi
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