The Mabinogion is the mythology of Wales – part of United Kingdom: a small country few visitors to the UK ever have the opportunity to visit and enjoy. Outside of the coalmines of South and North East Wales, the Welsh countryside consists of mountains, hills and ridges that separate the farms nestled snugly along the rivers and stream flowing down the many valleys of this small Principality.
Prior to the defeat of the last Welsh-born monarch by Edward I, the Welsh largely enjoyed an independent life from the rest of Britain. They were never completely pacified by the Romans, Saxons or Angles during the various waves of invasion taking place over the previous millennium in the British Isles. Even today, at the beginning of the second millennium following Edward’s conquest of Wales, the language and culture of the country survives and is thriving.
Welsh, the ancient language of Wales, survives as an active language and is related to Gaelic, Breton and Cornish, since all these languages are descendant from the original Celtic languages of Europe. Welsh is the language of poets and minstrels.: it is a lyrical language, steeped in the geography and culture of Wales. For example, in Welsh there are ways of describing a location based on features of the local landscape.
In fact, those who have experienced the hospitality of the Welsh and eaten the hearty food of Wales while listening to Welsh spoken or sung in the many country Pubs and Inns that are tucked into villages and valleys throughout the land have, perhaps, come the closest to experiencing the warm and rural character of J.R.R. Tolkien's Hobbits in their Shire.
While the country long ago was converted to Christianity, its original culture stems from beliefs, like its language, more rooted in the land itself:
The books of the Mabinogion, sometimes called the Maginogi, detail the stories of the gods, princes and people who were believed to rule and determine the future of Wales and its people. Mixed into the context of the Mabinogion are the Druids – the priests of Wales. The Druids held to the ancient traditions and through them the Mabinogion initially survived the turbulence of a country undergoing both political pacification by the English and religious pacification by the Roman Catholic, and later Anglican, churches.
Within the Mabinogion, the tales of the likes of Bran, Rhiannon and Pwyll are sagas of heroic accomplishment full of sweeping color, scale and archetypes – some of which are similar to other mythology and belief systems in the world and some are uniquely Welsh.
This website is dedicated to providing a glimpse into the Mabinogion and its characters. Given the richness of the material, it will take time to expand the site to provide insight into the entire body of work. Please check back from time to time to as the site is updated and extended.
The name "Mabinogi" has recently been selected as the name of a new PC-based computer game just launched in Korea. Though unrelated to the Mabinogion, the creators of that game have graciously included a link on their web site to this web site so that those interested may start to learn of the Mabinogion - legend that was born far in distance and time from this age of high technology.
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