Matholwch accepts the honour price that Bran offers him but Bran soon realises that the Irish King is still not truly happy. The Welsh King comes up with an honour price higher than any ever paid before to ease the heart of the Irish King.
This episode is the 6th 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/cauldron
We hope you
Gary & Ruthie x x x
Released: 25 May 2020, 28m
News & Views
We talk English Heriatge streaming the midsummer sunrise live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/581183132524229/ on June 21st.
We also mention the virtual tour of Stonehenge and the night sky alignments that are available at https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/
Names Used in this Story
Listed in order of appearance
- Tal Y Bolyn
- Llasar Llaes Gyfewid
- Kymidei Kymeinvoll
Music: Spirit of the Trees
by Blanche Rowen and Mike Gulston
The Dance Goes On
Trees have their own characters and symbolic personalities. Maria Cunningham's song celebrates nine trees familiar from woodland and legend. The Dance Goes On is an album to dance you round the turning year, with songs celebrating each season, the land we live in, and our mediæval heritage. [source]
You can find out more about Blanche and Mike and where to buy their music on Bandcamp or on our Contributor Page.
Sources used in this Episode
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
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.
Ian, another great friend, takes on the role of Matholwch in this episode.
Lorna, a great friend of ours, takes on the role of the first Irish Noble in this episode.
Our talented son, Ed, takes on the role of the second Irish noble in this tale.
Our very own Ruthie, playing the role of Branwen.
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.
For Creative Commons Incidental Music
Bittersweet and Brittle Rille Reunited, by Kevin McLeod, Incompetech
Journey's End, Meant for More, Sunshower free, and Upside Down by Logan, Music for Makers
Before the Storm from Journey to the Middle Ages, Alexander Nakarada
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.
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