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CMP053 The Bed of Branwen


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Sorrow upon sorrow as the seven lonely knights return to Anglesey with their dying King..

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Show Summary:

 

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

Show Summary:

Running Order:

  • 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 enjoy it!

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.

 

Branwen's Bedd or Grave

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

  • Brân
  • Prydein
  • Ynys Môn
  • Taliesin
  • Branwen
  • Manawydan
  • Aber Alaw
  • Tal y Bolion
  • Anglesey
  • Pryderi
  • Glan Alaw
  • Caer yn Arfon
  • Caradawg
  • Caswallawn
  • Beli
  • Llundain
  • Fodor, son of Erfyll
  • Heveydd the Tall
  • Llasar
  • Idig, the son of Anarawc Gwalltgrwn
  • Unig Strong-shoulder
  • Ulch Bone-lip
  • Pendaran
  • Beli Mawr
  • Harlech
  • Rhiannon


Listener Feedback

We read out a review from Tara on Apple Podcasts.

 

Music: Paper Rainbow

by George Nicholas & Cernunnos Rising

Paper Rainbow

You can find out more about George and where to buy his music on his website 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, section 8.

The Mabinogion, Sioned Davies, Oxford, 2007, ISBN 978-0-19-283242

The Mabinogion, Jeffrey Gantz, Penguin, 1976, ISBN 0-14-044322-3

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, Mary Jones

Branwen, Daughter of Llyr, Lady Charlotte Guest, 1877, Sacred Texts

The Mabinogion, Lady Charlotte Guest, 1849, Project Gutenberg

The 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, ISBN 0-75252-402-X

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 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

And, of course, the Awen - inspiration and imagination!

 

Huge Thanks to Special Guest Actors

Greg Draven

Greg Draven

Greg takes on the role of Efnissien in this episode. For more details about Greg and his work please see his Contributor Page.

Ruthie

Ruthie Colcombe

Ruthie

Our very own Ruthie, playing the role of Branwen.

Adam Ranger

Adam Ranger

Adam Ranger

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

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 Robins

Ray


Ray, our next-door neighbour takes on the role of the Sentry in this episode.

Special Thanks

For Creative Commons Incidental Music

TITLE3 by ARTIST3

Cylinder Four, Prelude No. 6, Readers do you read by Chris Zabriskie

Warrior Strife, Sad Past - YouTube Royalty Free

Empire of War by Purple Planet Studios

Past Sadness by Kevin McLeod, Incompetech

The Angels Weep by Audionautix

Diane Arkenstone The Secret Garden. See her Contributor page for details.

Kim Robertson The Hangman's Noose. See her Contributor page for details.

Jigger 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 Unrestricted Access to Wonderful Music

(in Alphabetic order)

Anne Roos Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of her masterful music to Anne Roos. You can find out more about Anne on her website or on her Contributor page.

Caera Extra Special thanks go for permission to any of her evocative harping and Gaelic singing to Caera. You can find out more about Caera on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Celia Extra Special Thanks go for permission to use any of her wonderful music to Celia Farran. You can find out more about Celia on her website or on her Contributor Page.

Damh the Bard Extra Special thanks go to Damh the Bard for his permission to use any of his music on the Show. You can find out more about Damh (Dave) on his website or on his Contributor page.

The Dolmen Extra Special thanks also go to The Dolmen, for their permission to use any of their fantastic Celtic Folk/Rock music on the Show. You can find out more about The Dolmen on their website or on our Contributor page.

Keltoria Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of their inspired music to Keltoria. You can find out more about Keltoria on their website or on their Contributor page.

Kevin Skinner Extra Special thanks go for permission to use any of his superb music to Kevin Skinner. You can find out more about Kevin on his website or on his Contributor page.

Phil Thornton Extra Special Thanks go for permission to use any of his astounding ambient music to the Sonic Sorcerer himself, Phil Thornton. You can find out more about Phil on his website or on his Contributor Page.

S.J. Tucker Extra Special thanks go to Sooj for her permission to use any of her superb music. You can find out more about Sooj on her website or on her Contributor page.

Spiral Dance Extra Special thanks go for permission to use Adrienne and the band to use any of their music in the show. You can find out more about Spiral Dance on their website or on their Contributor page.

We'd like to wish you 'Hwyl fawr!', which is Welsh for Goodbye and have fun, or more literally Wishing a Good Mood on you!


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