The four ancient books of Wales [Black book of Carmarthen, Book of Haneirin, Book of Taliesin, Red book of Hergest] containing the Cymric poems attributed to the bards of the sixth century, by W.F. Skene

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William Forbes Skene
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Page 361 - Of this body it is said in stanza 21, " Three heroes and three score and three hundred, wearing the golden torques of those who hurried forth after the revelry. But three escaped by the prowess of the gushing sword — the two war-dogs of Aeron and Cynon the dauntless.
Page 410 - Mary's Church of Stow) is a very fine perennial spring, known by the name of the Lady's Well, and a huge stone, recently removed in forming the new road, but now broken to pieces, used to be pointed out as impressed with the print of the Virgin Mary's foot'.
Page 391 - Kilhwch and Olwen appears to be purely British. The characters and events which it celebrates are altogether of native origin, nor has any parallel or counterpart been discovered in any other language. It abounds in allusions to traditions of personages and incidents belonging to a remote period, and, though it is true that some few of these have now become obscure or unintelligible, yet many are, even to the present day, current in the Principality. Of a much greater number though all distinct recollection...
Page 367 - bedin" or host of Gododin. The identity of the battle of Catraeth with the " bellum Miathorum" of Adomnan enables us to fix its date ; for in another chapter, in giving the fate of the sons of Aidan, he says : " Nam Arturius et Eochodius Find...
Page 367 - Breck, which the bard saw from the heights of Adoyn. The date of this event is known to be in 642. The site is not difficult to fix. Tighernac calls it Strathcauin ; the Annals of Ulster, Strathcairinn. The upper part of the vale of the...
Page 368 - In the Statistical Account of the parish of Fintry there is the following notice : " At the foot of the rock which encircles the western brow of the Fintry Hills there is a considerable extent of table-land, and on the descent below this...
Page 310 - At the top of the pages 48, 49, and 50 are, in the same hand-writing and character, the celebrated stanzas beginning "niguorcosam", and on the last page are, in the same hand-writing and character, fifty lines of Latin hexameters, of which the words " dignissime Fethgna
Page 334 - Chwifleian that we are to attribute the origin of the Viviane of the romances of chivalry, and who acts so conspicuous a part in those compositions ; although it is true there is not much resemblance betwixt the two names. But, if we look into...
Page 365 - Firth, on which was a royal castle called Blackness, where probably was the " Ynys Eiddin yn y Gogled" mentioned in the Bonedd y Saint. Caredin is not far from the river Avon, and parallel to it flows the river Carrón ; the two rivers enclosing a district at the west end of which is a great moor still called Slamannan ; in old Gaelic, " Sliabh Manand," or the moor or plain of Manand.
Page 457 - A triad in the Hengwrt MS. 536, translated by Skene. It was Trystan who was watching the swine for his uncle, while the swineherd went with a message to Essylt (Iseult), "and Arthur desired one pig by deceit or by theft, and could not get it" and led to his capture and imprisonment. Manawyddan son of Llyr, -confined him in the mysterious and gruesome bone-fortress of Oeth and Anoeth, and there he languished for three days and three nights before a rescuer came in the person of Goreu, his cousin.1...

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