What did King Arthur have for Christmas Dinner?

by michaelharvey, December 28, 2019 in Folktales, General, King Arthur, Mabinogi, Mythology

Asking what King Arthur had for Christmas Dinner is not as stupid as it seems. To answer it we need to know which one of  the many Arthurs we are talking about. The one that most interests me is the Arthur of the long Welsh epic, the Mabinogi. This is Arthur the warrior, statesman, hunter, […]

Stalked by Oxen – on the trail of the Ychain Bannog

by michaelharvey in Folktales, Mabinogi, Mythology, Storytelling

I had decided to  spring clean my hard drive the other day. Suddenly, I found an old article I had written over fifteen years ago about storytelling and the Welsh landscape. I was about to drag and drop it into the bin when I changed my mind and opened it. It was good to see […]

Mythology is still Important

by michaelharvey in Mabinogi, Mythology

Click here for more blog posts about mythology, Pig Boy and much else besides… Why should we be interested in the myths of long ago? Mythology is still important because, although we talk about theses stories as ‘ancient’, we have not changed much over the millennia. The supernatural beings of the mythic world are larger […]

Did King Arthur really exist?

by michaelharvey in General, Mabinogi, Mythology

King Arthur may or may not have existed but he definitely was – and is – real!

The Mabinogion or Mabinogi? A guide for the confused.

by michaelharvey in Mabinogi, Mythology

Mabinogion or Mabinogi? So which is it? The short and confusing answer is – both. The Mabinogion or Mabinogi are a collection of stories collected together in the Middle Ages around eight hundred years ago. The Mabinogion usually refers to the whole collection within which there are four separate ‘branches’ of related stories called the […]

Norse Mythology – a review of Neil Gaiman’s book

by michaelharvey in Mythology, Review

Norse mythology is closer than you think. If you speak English you summon the old Norse gods every time you say the words Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Tyr is the one handed god of war. Odin is the one-eyed all father who hung on the world-tree in order to win wisdom. Thor is the […]

Welsh myth – Review of ‘Assembly of the Severed Head’ by Hugh Lupton

by michaelharvey in General, Mabinogi, Mythology, Review

There are several versions available of the Welsh myth ‘The Mabinogion’ but Hugh Lupton’s is strikingly effective. For Mabinogion geeks like myself the texts as they have come down to us in modern Welsh and English translations are a mine of wonder and magic about the soul of the country where I live. However, for […]