The Irish Elements in <i>Culhwch and Olwen</i>

Patrick Sims‐Williams

in Irish Influence on Medieval Welsh Literature

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199588657
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595431 | DOI:
The Irish Elements in Culhwch and Olwen

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This chapter discusses Irish personal names and place‐names in Culhwch and Olwen and what they meant to the author in terms of Irish literature, e.g. Esgair Oerfel, Seisgeann Uairbheóil, the ‘five fifths of Ireland’, Diwrnach, Cai, Llenlleawg, Caledfwlch, Conchobar mac Nesa, Cú Roí mac Dáiri, Fergus mac Róich, Lóegaire Búadach, Conall Cernach, Maelwys mab Baedan, Scilti scawntroet, Gilla goeshydd, Garselit gwyddel, Brys fab bryssethach. Use of Annals, floating lists, and sheer invention is suggested. Some comparison is made with narrative themes in the areithiau, Cathcharpat Serda, Fled Bricrend, Widsith, Cath Maige Tuired and Rigomer.

Keywords: Culhwch and Olwen; Esgair Oerfel; Seisgeann Uairbheóil; ‘five fifths of Ireland’; Diwrnach; Cai; Llenlleawg; Caledfwlch; Conchobar mac Nesa; Cú Roí mac Dáiri; Fergus mac Róich; Lóegaire Búadach; Conall Cernach; Maelwys mab Baedan; Scilti scawntroet; Gilla goeshydd; Garselit gwyddel; Brys fab bryssethach; Annals; areithiau; Cathcharpat Serda; Fled Bricrend; Widsith; Cath Maige Tuired; Rigomer

Chapter.  32136 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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