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Samildanach…

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…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, O Yoke-of-all-Craft?” he asked.

Answered Gwythyr, “From a hazel of true poetry’s wisdom, and you, O Big Chief Hawthorn?” he asked.

Answered Big Chief Hawthorn, “From the height of the sun’s expanse, and you, O Yoke-of-all-Craft?” he asked.

Answered Gwythyr, “From the extent of the moon’s mansions, and you, O Big Chief Hawthorn?” he asked.

Answered Big Chief Hawthorn, “From splendour’s circuits, and you, O Yoke-of-all-Craft?” he asked.

Answered Gwythyr, “From the brightness of sunrise, and you, O Big Chief Hawthorn?” he asked.

Answered Big Chief Hawthorn, “From that state where truth’s worth is measured, and you, O Yoke-of-all-Craft?” he asked.

Answered Gwythyr, “From that measure where truth is realised, and you, O Big Chief Hawthorn?” he asked.

Answered Big Chief Hawthorn, “From that reality where lies are vanquished, and you, O Yoke-of-all-Craft?” he asked.

Answered Gwythyr, “From perfection of goodness, and you, O Big Chief Hawthorn?” he asked.

Answered Big Chief Hawthorn, “From where all colours are seen, and you, O Yoke-of-all-Craft? he asked.

Answered Gwythyr, “From where all art is born, and you, O Big Chief Hawthorn?” he asked.

Answered Big Chief Hawthorn, “From the width of the pillars of the age, and you, O Yoke-of-all-Craft?” he asked.

Answered Gwythyr, “From the stretch of a babe’s life-cord, and you, O Big Chief Hawthorn?”

He asked, but Big Chief Hawthorn had fallen silent and was deep in contemplation…

 

Extract from, ‘Crucible of the Sun’, by Stuart France

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‘Crucible of the Sun…’ is an ideal primer for anyone contemplating the study of the venerable stories contained in, ‘The Mabinogion.’
But don’t take our word for it here’s Shan Morgain, complier of the invaluable online resource for this Mythos: Mabinogi Study.
‘A highly creative retelling of the tales which merges omits and rearranges characters and events…Those new to the tales will find it very exciting, stylish, and evocative of a tribal past…’

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