The old story stirs and wakes again. Measure and dream of our island soul.
Regarding the "Mabinogi" tales itself...let us read now what Robin Williamson wrote for the insert sleeve insert of the album
"The Mabinogi is one of the great classics of World mythology. Though first transcribed by clerics in the early Norman period, the tales portray a society many centuries older, when old Welsh was spoken throughout much of what is now England and South Scotland as well as in Wales. Thus while at the backbone of Welsh culture, the Mabinogi relates profoundly to the soul of the entire island of Britain. The stories, moreover, have certain parallels both in character and theme m the Gaelic mythologies of Ireland and the Highlands. Elements in the tales hark back to the most remote antiquity, told and retold perhaps even befare the Celts first invaded Britain a thousand years or more before Christ by unknown bards of forgotten kings. The characters in the stories are deities thinly clad in mortal coils and in the Celtic tradition they are portrayed as neither infallible nor immortal necessarily, at once grand, comic, sad, joyful, beautiful and cruel. The four stories (or branches) of the Mabinogi are not necessarily sequential, though same characters are featured in more than one tale. The work is sometimes called The Mabinogion, particularly in Victorian writings, and its title derives from the Welsh word "mab" (lad, son, youth, perhaps hero) meaning basically something like "the lad's tale".
Robin Williamson – All rights reserved - 1983