After a great tragedy, the last surviving Seven Men go on towards Harlech in deep sorrow only to discover that the realm of Caradawg has suffered injury while they were away. They hear of the Battle of the Dancing Sword at which many nobles died.
This episode is the 11th 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/branwenbed
- Intro 0:32
- News and Views 1:12
- Recap 4:13
- Story 6:30
- Listener Review - Tara 21:57
- Paper Rainbow - George Nicholas 23:07
We hope you
Gary & Ruthie x x x
Released: 29 June 2020, 30m
News & Views
We talk about the huge shafts that have just been discovered around Durrington Walls near Stonehenge.
Images can be found on Megalithic Portal
Ringcairn in Anglesey. Named after Queen Branwen, this ruined cairn is surrounded by a kerb and has a small standing stone in the middle, close to a cist. Several urns and a cremation were found during excavations by Frances Lynch in the 1960s. [source]
Names Used in this Story
Listed in order of appearance
- Ynys Môn
- Aber Alaw
- Tal y Bolion
- Glan Alaw
- Caer yn Arfon
- Fodor, son of Erfyll
- Heveydd the Tall
- Idig, the son of Anarawc Gwalltgrwn
- Unig Strong-shoulder
- Ulch Bone-lip
- Beli Mawr
We read out a review from Tara on Apple Podcasts.
Music: Paper Rainbow
by George Nicholas & Cernunnos Rising
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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 -
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Greg takes on the role of Efnissien in this episode. For more details about Greg and his work please see his Contributor Page.
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.
Damh the Bard
Damh, a great friend of ours, takes on the role of Manawydan in this show. You can find out more about Damh and his work on our Contributor page.
Ray, our next-door neighbour takes on the role of the Sentry in this episode.
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