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Pryderi's hunting dogs chase a spectral boar into a spectral castle, and don't come out again: '"God knows," replied Manawydan, "it's not a good idea for you to go into the fort. We have never seen it before; if you take my advice, you will not enter. For whoever cast a spell on the land has caused the fort to appear." / "God knows," said Pryderi, "I will not abandon my dogs."' Aww!
Jan 09, 2012 10:17AM
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Bri Fidelity is on page 191 of 293
Cai here uses 'love' as a synonym for 'hug', the way my mother and my aunt used to do when I was a kid. I now suspect them to be retired Table Knights.
Jan 14, 2012 05:50AM
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The matter-of-factness of this amuses me: '"I know of a woman who would suit you well. She is the wife of King Doged." They decided to seek her out. And they killed the king and brought his wife back home with them, together with her only daughter.' The abducted bride, for her part, isn't bothered about any of this - just sad that her new husband apparently has no son of his own that she can foist her daughter on.
Jan 14, 2012 05:44AM
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Bri Fidelity is on page 126 of 293
'The Lady of the Well' has a surprising amount of actual characterisation in it compared to the other tales in here (my actual first reaction was 'but I thought characterisation hadn't been invented yet!', which is hardly fair). Luned's and the Lady's relationship is marvellous; Luned herself is marvellous; even Arthur is given some idiosyncratic traits. Is the de Troyes original like this, too?
Jan 12, 2012 10:49PM
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'"She is my mistress, known as the Lady of the Well, the wife of the man you killed yesterday." / "God knows," said Owain, "she is the woman I love best." / "God knows," said the maiden, "there is no way she loves you, not in the very slightest."' Hee!
Jan 12, 2012 10:43PM
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Peredur comes to the court of the Sons of the King of Suffering, who - Prometheus-like - are killed once each day by a lake monster. The narrative cleverly has Our Hero arrive partway through this cycle: he's greeted by the forlorn local maidens; they're interrupted by the horses coming home, with corpses in their saddles; the maidens bathe the dead men's wounds in a tub of warm water that restores them to life.
Jan 10, 2012 06:15PM
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'When Blodeuedd heard they were coming, she took her maidens with her and made for the mountain; and having crossed the river Cynfael they made for a court that was on the mountain. And they were so afraid that they could only travel with their faces looking backwards. And they knew nothing until they fell into the lake and were drowned, all except Blodeuedd.'
Jan 09, 2012 11:18PM
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For the rape of Lord Math's virginal servant girl, brothers Gwydion and Gilfaethwy - AKA Those Bastards - are punished by being repeatedly transformed into animals: a stag and a hind; a wild boar and a sow; a wolf and a she-wolf. Taking turns as the female - Gilfaethwy lucks out, comparatively speaking, by being female just the once - they beget one another's incestuous animal children year after year.
Jan 09, 2012 11:07PM
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Bri Fidelity
Bri Fidelity is on page 51 of 293
They killed Pryderi! Those bastards!
Jan 09, 2012 10:54PM
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Bri Fidelity
Bri Fidelity is on page 46 of 293
Okay, so far 'The Third Branch' is my favourite. The eerie curse that makes everyone in the country vanish, 'Quiet Earth' style; the mysteriously appearing and vanishing castle with the golden bowl for a honey trap; the way Cigfa fixes everything (and hopefully restores those poor lost dogs) by threatening to hang a very fat little mouse - the only one of the swarm he could catch - for stealing his grain. Magic.
Jan 09, 2012 10:48AM
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Bri Fidelity is on page 33 of 293
Another 'Spoils of Annwfn' parallel: only seven men survive the raid to rescue Branwen from the King of Ireland. (Branwen herself survives the battle, but obligingly dies of a broken heart shortly thereafter, to keep the number of survivors respectably low.)
Jan 09, 2012 10:12AM
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