S2 E1: Heroines and Heroes - The Mabinogian: Culhwch and Olwen Part I

Stories That Made Us

04-05-2021 • 37 min

Welcome to the first episode of a brand new series of Stories That Made Us. This second series is all about the Heroes of mythology. It's the stories of conquests, love, wars, and heartbreaks; the tales of men and women who, through their bravery, conviction, integrity, and strength, created the moral and social constructs that govern our lives to date. Once the world was created, as discussed in the first series, it fell to heroes and heroines to guide the race of mankind to be a better version of ourselves. These are those tales. The inspirational stories of courage, selflessness and justice that were passed down to us by our parents and grandparents.


The first of the tales that we cover in the first three episodes is the famous story of Kilhwch and Olwen, which is a classic hero quest during the times of the great fabled British King Arthur. The story is translated from the book - THE MABINOGION. Now the Mabinogion is one of the earliest compilation of stories to have come from the British isles. Written around the 12th and 13th centuries, these tales provide a fascinating glimpse into pre-Christian British life.


This episode covers only the first part of this wonderful tale, while the next two conclude our story. The book we refer to is free for use and distribution and can be found in Gutenberg.org. Check out the description for more details on the book! It is, as you would find out, an intriguing read!


Reference:

Title: The Mabinogion

Author: Lady Charlotte Guest


Transcribed from the 1849 edition text by David Price, email ccx074@pglaf.org

URL: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/5160/5160-h/5160-h.htm#page5



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