Poetry

Prayer to Rhiannon for the Return of the Divine Child

To the Divine Queen, I pray:   Goddess of Thresholds, Of Boundaries   Of Borders…   Great Queen of the Otherworld, Divine Mother — Rhiannon…   You know what it is to come, a stranger, into a new land Seeking happiness Seeking freedom.   You know what it is to be looked at as Other To be betrayed To be lied about.   To have Your child ripped from Your loving arms.   You Know.   You know the pain, The agony, The uncertainty of reunion.   You know the Burden that can never be set down.   Compassionate, loving […]

The Welsh Origins of King Arthur – Part 1

With the recent opening of yet another movie adaptation of The Matter of Britain, this time in the form of Guy Richie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword , I thought it was a good time to share an overview of the earliest extant sources for the legend of Arthur. It is my hope that this multi-part series may shed some light on the origins of this enigmatic king and his surrounding lore. Part 2 to follow.   The Earliest Sources and Their Characterization of Arthur The earliest prose sources which mention Arthur, the Historia Brittonum dating to 829 -30  and the Annales Cambriae, the earliest […]