A quick look at how this old Welsh word was used in its earliest contexts.
The threshold figure is a common motif in Celtic myth. In this talk I look at some Welsh examples and explore what it means.
The lion is one of the most prominent symbols in the Mabinogion tale of Owain. But what is its meaning and how old is it?
The story of Owain ab Urien travelled far in medieval Europe, mainly through Chretian de Troyes Old French classic Yvain (12th century), which although popular seems to have been stripped of its older more mythic elements. Yet on the story’s return to Wales in the 13th century, the Welsh storytellers appear to have reinvested theContinue reading “Remaking Myth in Welsh Storytelling”
In the 13th century story of Owain we find one of the most ancient mythic figures to be found in European literature, the many-faced Lord of Animals.
Celtic myths are symbolic, so we need to interpret them to draw out their wisdom. As a result, it’s probably worth asking if interpretation was ever a part of the Celtic storytelling tradition?
The Book of Taliesin is one of the great treasures of Welsh culture, but who wrote it? In truth, it’s an impossible question to answer, but there are some very interesting theories about who composed some of the most famous poems in the manuscript . . .
Most Celtic scholars would rightly point out that the correct answer to this question is an emphatic no. Yet there is a more nuanced story that can be told:
What do riddles have to do with The Four Branches of the Mabinogi?
The Book of Taliesin is one of the primary medieval sources for the Taliesin myth. But what does it actually contain?