Welsh myths and legends from King Arthur to Celtic ritualsThe stories were compiled in Middle Welsh in the 12th—13th centuries from earlier oral traditions. There are two main source manuscripts , created c. The title covers a collection of eleven prose stories of widely different types, offering drama, philosophy, romance, tragedy, fantasy and humour, and created by various narrators over time. There is a classic hero quest, " Culhwch and Olwen "; a historic legend in " Lludd and Llefelys ," complete with glimpses of a far off age; and other tales portray a very different King Arthur from the later popular versions. The highly sophisticated complexity of the Four Branches of the Mabinogi defies categorisation.
Elidoris in Fairyland (Welsh folk tale)
Myths and legends, traditional stories passed down the generations from adult to child, told by the fire or round the table as long as people have gathered to eat, drink, sing or pluck a harp, are really a kind of history. Myth is how people explained the world, long ago, and such stories are often associated with real places.
Myths and legends
Its wassailing singers indulge in a round of lampooning and, in a merry conclusion, an exchange of ales and cakes. This sleeping dog lies in a beautiful village — depending on who you listen to, it might even have been named after him. She became his devoted wife, but his bad behaviour, legend has it, made her return to the lake. It remains one of the greatest castles in Europe. See his statue in the square of the town where he once played, then head to the Cambrian Mountains to feel the magic he felt. They ran the annual race honouring him in a town where his statue stands. It is, naturally, a record-breaker and the stuff of films, music and books —enjoy the picturesque village, and go landscape for any photos with those signs.
British Broadcasting Corporation Home. Wales has a rich heritage of magical and mystical tales. Here is a selection, including the Mabinogion, Gelert, and profiles of famous bards and writers. What are these? Search term:. Read more.