Nissien and Efnissien arrive home from Rome and Efnissien discovers that the marriage between Branwen and the Irish King Matholwch has been arranged without his knowledge or presence. He feels he has suffered a great insult and exacts a most horrific revenge.
This episode is the 5th episode of the Second
Branch of the Mabinogi.
Full Show-notes, with sources
and credits, can be found on our main Website at http://celticmythpodshow.com/bloodontheland
- Intro 0:34
- News and Views 1:10
- Recap 2:56
- Story 4:27
- Listener Feedback - Chris 19:50
- Promo - Crone's Porch Podcast 21:06
- The Stones and Bones of Albion - Damh the Bard 22:58
We hope you
Gary & Ruthie x x x
Released: 18 May 2020, 31m
News & Views
We talk about all of the online concerts and other musical entertainments that can be found online, mostly on Facebook. We mention that Damh the Bard hosts his House Concerts roughly every two weeks. More details can be found on his Facebook page. You can follow Spiral Dance, Celia and Tuatha Dea on Facebook to see their house concerts.
Names Used in this Story
Listed in order of appearance
- Idig, son of Anarawd
- Heveydd Hir
- Manawydan, son of Llŷr
- Unig Strong-shoulder
Promo - Crone's Porch Podcast
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Music: The Stones and Bones of Albion
by Damh the Bard
Y Mabinogi: Third Branch
This is a retelling of the Third Branch of Y Mabinogi, the third of four albums that will tell The Four Branches.
First written down in the Middle Ages by Christian Monks, and first translated into the English language by Lady Charlotte Guest in the mid 1800s, these tales are a part of the Matter of Britain itself. Although Damh has added dramatic decoration to the translation, these additions are based on current academic research, and he has remained faithful to the original tale throughout. When you listen for the first time, try to find some time for yourself and listen to the double album in its entirety. Let Damh tell you now of the Matter of Britain, of castles and curses, of the Otherworld, magic, and Pagan Lore.
You can find out more about Damh the Bard and where to buy his albums on his Website or on our Contributor Page.
We play some great feedback from Chris and wish her well with her project.
Thank you so much!
Sources used in this
Mabinogi Study: Enlivening Y Mabinogi,
Welsh Pronounciation for the Mabinogi
The Four Branches of the Mabinogi, by Will Parker, Bardic Press, ISBN 978-0974566757
Irish Influence on Medieval Welsh Literature, by Patrick Sims-Williams. Oxford, ISBN 978-0199588657
Bullfinch's Mythology, The Celts,
The Mabinogion, Sioned Davies,
Oxford, 2007, ISBN 978-0-19-283242
The Mabinogion, Jeffrey Gantz, Penguin, 1976, ISBN
The Mabinogion, Gwyn Jones & Thomas
Jones, Dent & Dutton, 1977, ISBN
0-460-01097-2. Can also be found online at www.donaldcorrell.com
Branwen, Daughter of Llyr, Lady Charlotte Guest,
Branwen, Daughter of Llyr, Lady
Charlotte Guest, 1877, Sacred Texts
The Mabinogion, Lady
Charlotte Guest, 1849, Project Gutenberg
Mabinogi of Branwen, W. M. Parker, mabiongi.net.
Notes at mabinogion.info
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,
The Children of Llyr, Evangeline
Walton, Del Rey, 1972, ISBN 978-0345097392
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
'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
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
And, of course, the Awen -
inspiration and imagination!
Huge Thanks to Special Guest Actors
Greg, a super friend of ours, takes on the role of the twins, Nissien and Efnissien in this show. You can find out more about Greg and his work on our Contributor page.
Our grand-daughter's father and a great friend of ours, Jordan takes the role of an Irish stable-boy in this episode.
Ian, another great friend, takes on the role of Matholwch in this episode.
Our talented son takes on the role of the second Irish noble in this tale.
Our good friend Ray plays the part of the first Irish noble in this episode.
Our very own Ruthie, playing the role of Branwen.
Our fabulous son, Morgan, takes on the role of Idig, one of Brân's trusted companions.
Adam, a great friend of ours, takes on the role of Bran in this show. You can find out more about Adam and his work on our Contributor page.
Damh the Bard
Damh the Bard
Damh, taking on the role of Manawydan in this episode of our re-telling of the Second Branch. You can find out more about Damh and his work on his website at paganmusic.co.uk or on our Contributor page.
For Creative Commons Incidental Music
Eyes Gone Wrong, Future Gladiator, Friday Morning by Kevin McLeod, Incompetech
Romance by Cyberlink, from All Podsafe Music
J Underburg, The Battle, Podsafe Audio
Audionautix for House of Evil. See their website for details.
TITLE3 by ARTIST3
Steelhead free by Logan, Music for Makers
Arkenstone The Secret Garden. See
her Contributor page for details.
Robertson The Hangman's Noose. See
her Contributor page for details.
Time Ticks Away. See her Contributor page for details.
For our Theme Music
The Skylark and Haghole,
the brilliant Culann's
Hounds. See their Contributor page for details.
Extra Special Thanks for
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