The Irish Geography of <i>Branwen</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 Geography of Branwen

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This chapter discusses allusions in the Second Branch of the Mabinogi, Branwen, to Irish geography: the former rivers between Britain and Ireland called Lli and the Archan and the submerged kingdoms; the river Liffey and Dublin; and the origin story of the ‘five fifths of Ireland’. The last is compared with Lebor Gabála Érenn and Giraldus Cambrensis, with the Lot story in Genesis 19, with the stories of Cairbre Cattchenn and Túathal Techtmar, and with the ‘Treachery at Scone’.

Keywords: Mabinogi; Branwen; Lli; Archan; submerged kingdoms; Liffey; Dublin; ‘five fifths of Ireland’; Lebor Gabála Érenn; Giraldus Cambrensis; Lot; Cairbre Cattchenn; Túathal Techtmar; Scone

Chapter.  12062 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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