What was the Preface of BOOK I of the 3 part ebook trilogy, which was to look at 2,000 years of the ‘Arthurs’ from history and the imagination, from the son of Zeus – Arktouros – to Arthur I, Duke of Brittany; from Lucius Artorius Castus to the legendary King Arthur.
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Due to ill health I’m going to have to take a break from blogging and social media in general. I hope to be back within a couple of months, when I’ll continue the post about Artúr mac Áedán and Merlin/Myrddin/Lailoken. When I do, I will probably put parts VI, VII, VIII and IX together as they all cover the Myrddin question, and there will be some changes to parts VI and VII.
Before I had to retire from being a puppeteer due to ill health, I worked with the Jim Henson Company and The Muppets (who are now with Disney) for many years. I was so glad that the last film I was able to do was with the Muppets on Muppet’s Most Wanted, but how I wish they could have done a version of King Arthur!
In PART VII we’ll be looking at the next ‘Black Book’ poem, which includes the famous 6th century bard, Taliesin (pronounced ‘Tal-yessin’ – meaning, ‘Shining- (or Radiant-) Brow’), who also got incorporated into the Artúr mac Áedán theories. Is it possible they all knew one another, or is it all just misinterpretation of the evidence? We’ll also look at Myrddin and Arfderydd in Trioedd Ynys Prydain (‘Triads of the Isle of Britain’), which will give us yet another take on events, and Myrddin.
I realised that I’d missed a very important site off my maps to this part, so the below PDF is an update with the maps changed. I’ve also updated the PDF to the original blog. If you don’t wish to download this one, the new maps will be included in PART VII. (In case you’re wonder, the important site is where Taliesin, or his alter-ego, Gwion Bach, was said to have been from: Llanfair Caereinion near Welshpool in Powys.
In PART VI we’ll be looking at the other important elements the Artúr mac Áedán proponents give: the inclusion of Merlin (Old Welsh Merðin; Welsh Myrddin – pronounced ‘Merthin’ – with rolling ‘Rs’, and ‘th’ as in ‘then’), and the famous 6th century bard, Taliesin (pronounced ‘Tal-yessin’ – meaning, ‘Shining Brow’). Inclusions that their critics would say are ill-founded …but are they?
In PART V, which will be longest part, we will be delving even deeper into Artúr mac Áedán, and especially the conquests of his father, Áedán mac Gabráin, to see if his elder’s fame could have rubbed off on his son. We’ll also look at another Artúr: Artúr mac Conaing (my Arthur VI) also of Dalriada, and at the theories that say he was, in fact, Arthur IV; meaning Artúr mac Áedán didn’t exist!