Perceptions of Annwn : the otherworld in the four branches of the Mabinogi.

Rees, Rhian (2012) Perceptions of Annwn : the otherworld in the four branches of the Mabinogi. Masters thesis, University of Wales, Trinity St David.

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Abstract

There is little description or positive information about the realm of Annwn in the Four Branches, and relatively few publications have explored the Otherworld in the Mabinogi in any depth. The redactor presumably did not deem such detail necessary since in his time the Otherworld was a place familiar to his audience from many other stories and folk-tales which have not survived to inform our own times. The objective of this thesis, therefore, is to establish the perceived location of the Celtic Otherworld, its nature and topography, and to obtain descriptions of its people, buildings and animals and any distinctive objects or characteristics pertaining to it. The ways in which Annwn influences each of the Four Branches are also considered. Some sketchy evidence is available in Welsh poetry, mostly various descriptive names reflecting different aspects of Annwn, but for more detailed information it is necessary to trawl the waters of early Irish literature. The Irish poems and stories give much fuller particulars of all characteristics of the Celtic Otherworld, though they do suggest that there was more than one such other world. Some parallels from Norse literature and the Lais of Marie de France also reinforce certain themes of this thesis, such as magical tumuli and magical bags and animals.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information: Series: Carmarthen / Lampeter Dissertations;10412/258.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mabinogion
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GR Folklore
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Theses and Dissertations > Masters Dissertations
Depositing User: John Dalling
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2014 18:53
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2016 13:50
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/366

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