And Greidyawl-the-Wise came into the clearing where sat
Gwythyr surrounded by all the birds and animals, and he took
from Gwythyr’s grasp the harp of Tertiu-the-Melodious.
“Like a spear that roars for blood,” sang Greidyawl-the-Wise,
“Or the flower whose face is fair,” sang back Gwythyr-the-Bright.
“Like a sea that beats upon the shore,” sang Greidyawl-the-Wise,
“Or the wind that blows across a lake,” sang back Gwythyr-the-Bright.
“Like a drop, the sun lets fall,” sang Greidyawl-the-Wise,
“Or the hill on which a poet muses,” sang back Gwythyr-the-Bright.
“Like the lover torn from love’s sweet flight,” sang
Greidyawl-the-Wise, “Or an idea that sets the mind alight,”
sang back Gwythyr-the-Bright, and then he took from
Greidyawl’s grasp, the harp of Tertiu-the-Melodious.
“Like the stag of seven tines,” sang Gwythyr-the-Bright,
“Or a boar, ruthless and red,” sang back Greidyawl-the-Wise.
“Like the flood that spreads across a plain,” sang Gwythyr-the-Bright,
“Or a wave which drags to death,” sang back Greidyawl-the-Wise.
“Like the hawk that hovers atop a cliff,” sang Gwythyr-the-Bright,
“Or a salmon which circles beneath the pool,” sang back Greidyawl-the-Wise
and then a quiet stillness fell upon the clearing, with the bright radiance
of the moon alone, seemingly loud over the whole of that becalmed forest.
Crucible of the Sun: The Mabinogion Retold
By Stuart France
“I will dazzle like fire, hard and high, will flame the breaths of my desire; chief revealer of that which is uttered and that which is asked, tonight I make naked the word.”
Once upon a time we gathered around the flames of the hearth and listened to tales of long ago and far away. The stories grew in the telling, weaving ancient lore whose origins lie somewhere in a misty past with tales of high adventure, battles, magic and love. In Crucible of the Sun this oral tradition is echoed in a unique and lyrical interpretation of tales from the Mabinogion, a collection of stories whose roots reach back into the depths of time, spanning the world and reflecting universal themes of myth and legend.
These tales capture a narrative deeply entwined through the history of the Celtic peoples of the British Isles, drawing on roots that are embedded in the heart of the land. In Crucible of the Sun the author retells these timeless stories in his own inimitable and eminently readable style. The author’s deep exploration of the human condition and the transitions between the inner worlds illuminate this retelling, casting a unique light on the symbolism hidden beyond the words, unravelling the complex skein of imagery and weaving a rich tapestry of magic.
‘The author’s creative and scholarly engagement with the material and enthusiasm for the original tales is evident throughout.’ The Welsh Books Council
‘I found it very inspiring!’ Philip Carr-Gomm, Chosen Chief, Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (O.B.O.D.)
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