2020 Just Reading: October

Completed reads for October:

  • The Feast at Conan’s House, by Anonymous
  • Finn and Grainne, by Anonymous
  • The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Grainne, by Anonymous
  • The Hiding of the Hill of Howth, by Anonymous
  • The Battle of Gabhra, by Anonymous
  • The Battle of Ventry, by Anonymous
  • The Chase of Sid na mBan Finn and the Death of Finn, by Anonymous
  • Cormac’s Panegyric and Finn’s Death, by Anonymous
  • The Lay of Oisín in the Land of Youth, by Micheál Coimín
  • The Colloquy with the Ancients, by Anonymous
  • Tales of Mongan, by Anonymous
  • The Mabinogion, by Anonymous
  • The Tale of Taliesin, by Elis Gruffydd
  • The Spoils of Annwn, by Anonymous
  • Encomium of Helen, by Gorgias
  • The Defence of Palamedes, by Gorgias
  • Arthur and the Porter, by Anonymous
  • Geraint son of Erbin, by Anonymous
  • The Battle of the Trees, by Anonymous
  • The Welsh Triads (6 versions), by Anonymous
  • The Stanzas of the Graves, by Anonymous
  • The Dialogue of Myrddin and Taliesin, by Anonymous
  • The Dialogue of Taliesin and Ugnach, by Anonymous
  • The Praise of Tenby, by Anonymous
  • The First Address of Taliesin, by Anonymous
  • The Elegy of the Thousand Sons, by Anonymous
  • The Fold of the Bards, by Anonymous
  • The Pleasant Things of Taliesin, by Anonymous
  • Oh God, the God of Formation, by Anonymous
  • The Prophecy of Prydein the Great, by Anonymous
  • The Hostile Confederacy, by Anonymous
  • Juvenile Ornaments of Taliesin, by Anonymous
  • Daronwy, by Anonymous
  • Song on Lleenawg, by Anonymous
  • The Praise of Taliesin, by Anonymous
  • The Chair of Taliesin, by Anonymous
  • Song Before the Sons of Llyr, by Anonymous
  • The Chair of the Sovereign, by Anonymous
  • The Chair of Cerridwen, by Anonymous
  • Song of the Wind, by Anonymous
  • A Rumour Has Come, by Anonymous
  • Song to Mead, by Anonymous
  • Song to Ale, by Anonymous
  • The Plagues of Egypt, by Anonymous
  • The Satire on Cynan Garwyn, by Anonymous
  • The Rod of Moses, by Anonymous
  • The Song of the Horses, by Anonymous
  • The Contrived World, by Anonymous
  • On the Face of the Earth, by Anonymous
  • Alexander the Great, by Anonymous
  • God the Possessor, by Anonymous
  • The Battle of Gwenystrad, by Anonymous
  • A Song for Urien Rheged (4 versions), by Anonymous
  • The Affair of Argoed Llwyfain, by Anonymous
  • The Spoils of Taliesin, by Anonymous
  • A Song on Gwallawg ab Lleenawg, by Anonymous
  • The Satisfaction of Urien, by Anonymous
  • The Death Song of Erof, by Anonymous
  • The Death Song of Madawg, by Anonymous
  • The Death Song of Corroi, by Anonymous
  • The Death Song of Dylan, by Anonymous
  • The Death Song of Owain, by Anonymous
  • The Death Song of Aeddon, by Anonymous
  • The Death Song of Cunedda, by Anonymous
  • The Lesser Prophecy of Britain, by Anonymous
  • The Death Song of Uther Pendragon, by Anonymous
  • A Bright Festivity, by Anonymous
  • May God Exalt, by Anonymous
  • The Eternal Trinity, by Anonymous
  • The Praise of Lludd the Great, by Anonymous
  • Truly There Will Be to Me a Roman Friend, by Anoymous
  • The Reconciliation of Lludd the Lesser, by Anonymous
  • A Song to the Great World, by Anonymous
  • A Song to the Little World, by Anonymous
  • The Prediction of Kadwaladr, by Anonymous
  • The Dialogue of Taliesin and Aneirin, by Anonymous
  • The Quarrel of Rhun and Elidir Mwynfawr (The Privileges of Arvon), by Anonymous
  • The Gododdin, by Anonymous
  • The Gwarchan of Tudvwlch, by Anonymous
  • The Gwarchan of Adebon, by Anonymous
  • The Gwarchan of Cynfelyn, by Anonymous
  • The Gwarchan of Maelderw, by Anonymous
  • The Second Gododdin, by Anonymous
  • Songs for the Philologists, by J.R.R. Tolkien, E.V. Gordon, and Others
  • Meigant, by Anonymous
  • God Supreme, by Anonymous
  • The Ode of Cyridwen, by Anonymous
  • A Skilful Composition, by Anonymous
  • Soul, Since I Was Made, by Anonymous
  • Let Us Not Reproach, by Anonymous
  • Let God Be Praised, by Anonymous
  • Hail, Glorious Lord, by Anonymous
  • I Will Extol Thee, by Anonymous
  • In the Name of the Lord, by Anonymous
  • There is a Graciously Disposed King, by Anonymous
  • Dinas Maon, by Anonymous
  • The Birch Trees, by Anonymous
  • The Apple Trees, by Anonymous
  • Listen, Piglet, by Anonymous
  • The Cynghogion of Elaeth, by Anonymous
  • Not To Call Upon God, by Anonymous
  • As Long As We Sojourn, by Anonymous
  • The First Song of Yscolan, by Anonymous
  • The Second Song of Yscolan, by Anonymous
  • A Blessing To the Happy Youth, by Anonymous
  • Keen is the Gale, by Anonymous
  • The Dialogue of Gwyddno Garanhir and Gwyn ap Nudd, by Anonymous
  • Though I Love the Sea-Shore, by Anonymous
  • Seithenhin, by Anonymous
  • The Names of the Sons of Llywarch Hen, by Anonymous

So I rounded out the Irish stuff this month (this more-or-less means I have worked through the Mythological, Ulster, and Fenian Cycles in 2019-2020), before switching to Welsh material. Translated Welsh material, anyway, and I am fully aware that the nineteenth and early twentieth century translations have a poor reputation. Oh well.

Speaking of the Welsh, I was also rather stuck with how to list the poetry – sure, it is mostly part of the wider Books of Taliesin, Aneirin, and the Black Book of Carmarthen, but as with the old Irish texts, the Welsh items were read separately… so they get listed separately. That also avoids duplication between overlapping collections, and situations where individual components of a Book are not available in translated format. I do rather worry though that I am inadvertently making the list appear padded.

The Mabinogion (counted as a single entity) was a re-read of the Jones and Jones translation. This was actually my first read of it in about fifteen(!) years. Years ago, I remember being struck by the sheer oddness of the stories, as well as being a bit surprised by the sexual content. Now… having binge-read my way through Irish myth, I can safely say that the Welsh myths are a bit tamer, on both fronts*. Also, having now read the Welsh texts a bit more widely, I realise that ‘myth’ is the wrong word. ‘Tradition’ feels better.

Oh, and The Battle of the Trees is a potential Tolkienian influence for the Ents. Check it out yourself:

https://www.ancienttexts.org/library/celtic/ctexts/t08.html

*There’s some differentiation of motifs and subject matter too. The Irish like cattle-raiding, pretty clothing, and sex. The Welsh like mead, Christianity, and fighting the Saxons.

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