…The torchbearers hurriedly re-lit the torches of Dun Culhwch.
“Why, a veritable master of all the crafts we have here, it would seem,” said Big Chief Hawthorn, “but let a seat be brought for this man who has asked for my daughter’s hand that I might consider him the more keenly.”
So a seat was brought and Big Chief Hawthorn and Gwythyr, son of Greidyawl, sat face to face.
“A question, O Yoke-of-all-Craft, from where do you hail?” asked Big Chief Hawthorn.
Answered Gwythyr, “From a wise man’s heel, and you, O Big Chief Hawthorn?” he asked.
Answered Big Chief Hawthorn “From a confluence of wisdoms, and you?” he asked.
Answered Gwythyr, “From a hazel of true poetry’s wisdom, and you?” he asked.
Answered Big Chief Hawthorn, “From the height of the sun’s expanse, and you?” he asked.
Answered Gwythyr, “From the extent of the moon’s mansions, and you?” he asked.
Answered Big Chief Hawthorn, “From splendour’s circuits, and you?” he asked.
Answered Gwythyr, “From the brightness of sunrise, and you?” he asked.
Answered Big Chief Hawthorn, “From that state where truth’s worth is measured, and you?” he asked.
Answered Gwythyr, “From that measure where truth is realised, and you?” he asked.
Answered Big Chief Hawthorn, “From that reality where lies are vanquished, and you?” he asked.
Answered Gwythyr, “From perfection of goodness, and you?” he asked.
Answered Big Chief Hawthorn, “From where all colours are seen, and you? he asked.
Answered Gwythyr, “From where all art is born, and you?” he asked.
Answered Big Chief Hawthorn, “From the width of the pillars of the age, and you?” he asked.
Answered Gwythyr, “From the stretch of a babe’s life-cord, and you?”
He asked, but Big Chief Hawthorn had fallen silent and was deep in contemplation…
Extract from, ‘Crucible of the Sun’, by Stuart France
Crucible of the Sun: The Mabinogion Retold
By Stuart France
“I will dazzle like fire, hard and high, will flame the breaths of my desire; chief revealer of that which is uttered and that which is asked, tonight I make naked the word.”
Once upon a time we gathered around the flames of the hearth and listened to tales of long ago and far away. The stories grew in the telling, weaving ancient lore whose origins lie somewhere in a misty past with tales of high adventure, battles, magic and love. In Crucible of the Sun this oral tradition is echoed in a unique and lyrical interpretation of tales from the Mabinogion, a collection of stories whose roots reach back into the depths of time, spanning the world and reflecting universal themes of myth and legend.
These tales capture a narrative deeply entwined through the history of the Celtic peoples of the British Isles, drawing on roots that are embedded in the heart of the land. In Crucible of the Sun the author retells these timeless stories in his own inimitable and eminently readable style. The author’s deep exploration of the human condition and the transitions between the inner worlds illuminate this retelling, casting a unique light on the symbolism hidden beyond the words, unravelling the complex skein of imagery and weaving a rich tapestry of magic.
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