3. Manawydan, son of Llyr
The third branch is the most folktale-like of the the four, taking as its subject the travails of the shrewd nobleman Manawydan (brother of Branwen and Bendigeidfran) and his attempts to keep his family safe by outwitting an unknown enemy with magical powers—and an army of co-ordinated mice.
Dr Mark Williams is Fellow and Tutor in English at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford. He is a specialist in the medieval languages and literatures of Wales and Ireland, and the author of Ireland’s Immortals: A History of the Gods of Irish Myth (Princeton, 2016), and The Celtic Myths that Shaped the Way We Think (Thames & Hudson, 2021). He is in training as a Jungian psychoanalyst
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