By Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan
This exact variety of the well-established sequence Arthurian Literature is dedicated to Celtic fabric. Contributions, from top specialists in Celtic experiences, conceal Welsh, Irish and Breton fabric, from medieval texts to oral traditions surviving into sleek instances. the amount displays present traits and new techniques during this box when additionally making on hand in English fabric hitherto inaccessible to these without analyzing wisdom of the Celtic languages.
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29 Indeed, one could argue that we have here the remnants of a catalogue poem, not unlike the Pa gur yv y porthaur? 31 However, the listener’s imagination runs at full speed as the author presents visual images of the heroes at Arthur’s court, drawing on a wide range of traditions and bearing witness to the intertextuality of medieval narrative. Although some of the characters are merely named, such as Cai or Bedwyr, many carry epithets which conjure up a tantalising image – Canhastyr Canllaw (Canastyr Hundred-hands), Samson Finsych (Samson the Dry-lipped) – while the attributes of others are described in detail, for example: 27 Sims-Williams, ‘The Significance of the Irish Personal Names’, p.
Kellogg, ‘Varieties of Tradition in Medieval Narrative’, in Medieval Narrative: A Symposium, ed. H. Bekker-Nielsen et al. (Odense, 1979), pp. 120–9; R. H. Finnegan, Oral Literature in Africa (Oxford, 1970), pp. 109–10. In the context of the Mabinogion, see S. Davies, Crefft y Cyfarwydd, pp. 37–9. 30 PERFORMING CULHWCH AC OLWEN plishing all the tasks, perhaps with Olwen’s help; Arthur and his men then intervened, and took ownership of the events. 10 The fact that there are hardly any references to the hero and heroine outside the tale itself lends support to this second theory.
They travelled until . ) lines 412–758 Custennin the Shepherd Meeting with Olwen Ysbaddaden sets the tasks Section III 1. Kerdet a orugant wy y dyd hwnnw educher . . lines 759–824 (That day they travelled until evening . ) The Sword of Wrnach and the naming of Goreu (Red Book) 2. Dywedut a wnaethant y Arthur y ual y daruu udunt. ’ 19 See pp. 37–41. 33 SIONED DAVIES (They told Arthur what had happened to them. ’) The freeing of Eiddoel The Oldest Animals The freeing of Mabon son of Modron lines 929–41 3.