Pwyll Pendeuic Dyuet

  • Middle Welsh
  • Mabinogion
Initial words (prose)
  • Pwyll Pendeuic Dyuet a oed yn arglwyd ar seith cantref Dyuet
  • Middle Welsh
  • Middle Welsh




Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] [tr.] Boyd, Matthieu [ed. and tr.], The Four Branches of the Mabinogi, Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2017.  
In addition to texts and English translations of the four tales, this publication also contains an introduction, map, and a section headed “In context”, with illustrations from the Welsh laws, Peniarth MS 28 (images), the Welsh Triads and Gerald of Wales’ Description of Wales (1194).
Set in a primal past, the Mabinogi bridges many genres; it is part pre-Christian myth, part fairytale, part guide to how nobles should act, and part dramatization of political and social issues. This edition of what has become a canonical text provides a highly engaging new translation of the work, an informative introduction, and a set of background contextual materials that help place the Mabinogi in the context of medieval Welsh history and culture.
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[ed.] Thomson, R. L. [ed.], Pwyll Pendeuic Dyuet: the first of the Four Branches of the Mabinogi, edited from the White Book of Rhydderch, with variants from the Red Book of Hergest, Mediaeval and Modern Welsh Series 1, Dublin: DIAS, 1957.
[ed.] Williams, Ifor, Pedeir Keinc y Mabinogi, allan a Lyfr Gwyn Rhydderch, 2nd ed., Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1951.
TITUS – electronic edition: <link>
White Book of Rhydderch text
[ed.] Evans, J. Gwenogvryn [ed.], The White Book Mabinogion: Welsh tales and romances reproduced from the Peniarth manuscripts, Series of Old Welsh Texts 7, Pwllheli, 1907.
Internet Archive: <link>
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[tr.] Davies, Sioned [tr.], The Mabinogion, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
[tr.] Bollard, John K., The Mabinogi: legend and landscape of Wales, Llandysul: Gomer Press, 2006.  
comments: English translation of four branches of the Mabinogi, with notes on the text.
[tr.] Ford, Patrick K., The Mabinogi and other medieval Welsh tales, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1977.
[tr.] Gantz, Jeffrey (tr.), The Mabinogion, Penguin Classics, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1976.
[tr.] Jones, Gwyn, and Thomas Jones (tr.), The Mabinogion, Everyman’s Library 97, 2nd ed., London: Dent, 1974.

Secondary sources (select)

Ford, Patrick K., “Gwydion in the court of Pryderi”, in: Sheehan, Sarah, Joanne Findon, and Westley Follett (eds.), Gablánach in scélaigecht: Celtic studies in honour of Ann Dooley, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2013. 238–252.
Sims-Williams, Patrick, Irish Influence on medieval Welsh literature, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.  
See also the web edition: Patrick Sims-Williams, Irish Influence on medieval Welsh literature (2011).
Sullivan III, C. W. [ed.], The Mabinogi: a book of essays, Garland Medieval Casebooks 16, New York: Garland Press, 1996.
Hemming, Jessica, “Ami and Amile: a partial source for Pwyll?”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 32 (Winter, 1996): 57–93.
Welsh, Andrew, “Traditional tales and the harmonizing of story in Pwyll Pendeuic Dyuet”, Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies 17 (Summer, 1989): 15–41.
Mühlhausen, Ludwig, and Stefan Zimmer, Die vier Zweige des Mabinogi. Pedeir ceinc y Mabinogi, mit Lesarten und Glossar, Buchreihe der Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 7, 2nd ed., Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1988.
Ford, Patrick K., “Prolegomena to a reading of the Mabinogi: Pwyll and Manawydan”, Studia Celtica 16–17 (1981–1982): 110–125.
Hanson-Smith, Elizabeth, “Pwyll Pen Annwfn: narrative structure”, Studia Celtica 16–17 (1981–1982): 126–134.
McKenna, Catherine A., “The theme of sovereignty in Pwyll”, Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies 29 (1980): 35–52.
Ó Coileáin, Seán, “A thematic study of the tale Pwyll Pendeuic Dyuet”, Studia Celtica 12–13 (1977–1978): 78–82.

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