By Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan

ISBN-10: 1843840286

ISBN-13: 9781843840282

This specific variety of the well-established sequence Arthurian Literature is dedicated to Celtic fabric. Contributions, from best specialists in Celtic reviews, disguise Welsh, Irish and Breton fabric, from medieval texts to oral traditions surviving into sleek instances. the amount displays present traits and new methods during this box while additionally making to be had in English fabric hitherto inaccessible to these without examining wisdom of the Celtic languages.

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They] provide us with concrete evidence of early Irish influence on British vernacular culture’, 45. Mac Cana, Learned Tales, pp. 33–40, 115–17. , p. 108 n. 107. A. Bruford, Gaelic Folktales and Medieval Romances (Dublin, 1967), p. 45. The Mabinogion, trans. J. Gantz (London, 1976), p. 140. 21 ANN DOOLEY the old Fenian hero Caílte and St Patrick together in massive tale-telling sessions there is a general request from Patrick to tell another tale; and upon his asking about the mounts of the Fíanna, Caílte proceeds to tell the story of a Fenian hunt on Benn Edair (Howth Head).

The Art of the American Folk Preacher (revised edn Urbano and Chicago, 1990). 42 See F. H. Bäuml, ‘Medieval Texts and the Two Theories of Oral-Formulaic Composition: A Proposal for a Third Theory’, New Literary History 16 (1984), 31–49. 43 Greetings and oaths are kept to a minimum, partly due to the nature of the dialogue in the text which tends to be grandiose and pompous rather than informal. ‘Henpych gwell’ (Hail) is used twice, while oaths are limited to ‘duw a wyr’ (God knows), ‘yr Duw’ (‘for God’s sake), ‘myn y gwr an gwnaeth ni’ (by Him who made us) and ‘myn llaw uygkyueillt’ (by the hand of my friend) which may well be a reference to Bedwyr who he is described as ‘unllofyawc’ (one-handed) in line 396.

Lines 529–59) (They feasted that night in Custennin’s house. And the second day . . they came into the hall . . They went to their food. And they come the third day to the court . . They went to their food. )44 Formulae are also commonly employed to describe horses and persons in the native medieval tales, and indeed, in Culhwch ac Olwen, Goreu is described as ‘gwas pengrych melyn’ (a yellow, curly-haired lad) following the traditional pattern. However, the description of Culhwch (together with his horse), and of Olwen are unusual, and lend themselves to a vocalised performance.

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