Our hero enters the Land of the Dead and meets its Queen
In the last episode, Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed, wearing the shape of Arawn, sees many strange marvels and finally gets to meet the Great Queen herself. In this episode, he starts his battle training with Arawn's Knights, defends the Kingdom of Annwn from invaders and is forced to seek a favour from Arawn's beautiful Queen.
This episode is also the 4th episode of the First Branch of the Mabinogi and continues the story of Pwyll, the Prince of Dyfed.
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- Intro 0:41
- News & View - Podcast Awards 1:15
- Recap 2:50
- Story 3:36
- Listener Feedback - Simon 29:08
- Listener Feedback - Carole 31:16
- Promo - Mary Jones 32:01
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Released: 17 Feb 2013, 34m, 33Mb
News & Views
European Podcast Awards
We start off by sending out an enormous 'Thank You' to whoever nominated us for the European Podcast Awards, for which voting is now over. We didn't win but you can find the Results here. We also tell everybody about the new VoiceMail feature that you can see over on the right-hand side of the screen there and invite you to use it to leave us a message. We love to hear your voices!
We also offer a big thanks to our Special Guest actors, Damh the Bard and Cerri Lee. You can find out more details at the bottom of these Show-notes.
Names Used in this Story
Listed in order of appearance
- Caer Arawn
We have a fascinating email from our listener Simon, pointing us to a different pronunciation of the the name 'Pwyll' and we explore its origins and variations. He links us to Forvo for his pronunciation. There are other examples of the 'wy' diphthong on the same site showing how it can be pronounced differently.
For those who'd like to know where we found our information about the possible ways to pronounce Middle Welsh, we can point you to the two following links:
Carole from 'Pagan eBooks for Free'
We also received some great Audio feedback from Carole that runs the Pagan eBooks for Free Facebook page. She says:
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Promo - Mary Jones
Without Mary's phenomenal work collecting Celtic Literature for her Celtic Encyclopedia and the Celtic Literature Collective at www.maryjones.us, we probably wouldn't have been able to make the show. Not only has she provided us with much of the hard to obtain source material we needed, she has also shown considerable personal support. Thank you Mary :)
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Huge Thanks to Special Guest Actors
Damh the Bard Damh the Bard
Damh, taking on the role of Arawn in the second half of our re-telling of the First Branch, is a musical storyteller who works within the world of myth that cannot be proved; where the Faerie really do dance on Midsummer's Eve, where the trees talk, and the Hollow Hills take you into the realms of Annwn. Where the Goddess rides her horse, guiding you to magic, and the Horned God of old calls us from the shadows of the Greenwood.
Cerri Lee Cerri Lee
Cerri Lee is a multi-talented visionary artist who can turn her hand to almost anything creative. She is inspired by nature, and the ancient Pagan myths and legends of many cultures, her beliefs as a modern day Druid as well as those around her. Cerri is equally in her element when she is up to her elbows in clay or painting one of her fabulous pictures. She is partner to Druid musician and long-time supporter of our show, Damh the Bard and can be found supporting him at many of his performances. You can find out more about Cerri and her work on her website on cerrilee.com or on our Contributor page.
Our Sources for the Episode
Places Mentioned in the First Branch, Fascinating website.
Bullfinch's Mythology, The Celts, section 8.
The Mabinogion, pp ix-xxxvi, 3-21, 227-232, Sioned Davies, Oxford, 2007, ISBN 978-0-19-283242
The Mabinogion, pp 9-41, 45-65, Jeffrey Gantz, Penguin, 1976, ISBN 0-14-044322-3
'The Lord of Dyfed', from Legends of the Celts, p.134ff, Frank Delaney, HarperCollins, 1991, ISBN 0-586-21151-9
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
Prince of Annwn, Evangeline Walton, Del Rey, 1974, ISBN 0-345-27060-6
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
http://www.maryjones.us/jce/eufyd.html, Hyfaidd Hen as one of the Children of Don.
Mabinogi Study: Enlivening Y Mabinogi, Welsh Pronunciation for the Mabinogi
And, of course, the Awen - inspiration and imagination!
Extra Special Thanks to Show Friends
Phil Thornton Phil Thornton
We are proud to feature Phil in this show as he again provides the music for the dance of the Tylwyth Teg with the track Summer Solstice from his album, Solstice. You can find out more about Phil's wonderful music and services on his website or more details on his Contributor Page.
A special thank you to Jason, Sue and Haydon for the wonderful courtly sounds of Portcullis that can be heard as the Minstrels playing at the court of Arawn in this episode. You can find out more about Portcullis on their website or on their Contributor page.
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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.
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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!