Manawydan uab Llyr ‘Manawydan son of Llyr’

  • Middle Welsh
  • prose
  • Mabinogion
Manawydan uab Llyr
‘Manawydan son of Llyr’
normalised: Manawydan fab Llŷr
First words (prose)
  • Guedy daruot y’r seithwyr a dywedyssam ni uchot ...
  • Middle Welsh
  • Middle Welsh.

prose (primary)




The beginning of the text in Peniarth 4, f. 16r (NLW).


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.] Hughes, Ian [ed.], Manawydan Uab Llyr: Trydedd Gainc y Mabinogi, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2007.
[ed.] Ford, Patrick K. [ed.], Manawydan uab Llyr: text from the diplomatic edition of the White Book of Rhydderch, by J. Gwenogvryn Evans, Belmont, MA: Ford & Bailie, 2000.
[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
[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.] Jones, Gwyn, and Thomas Jones [tr.], The Mabinogion, 2nd ed., Everyman’s Library, 97, London: Dent, 1974.
[tr.] Gantz, Jeffrey [tr.], The Mabinogion, Penguin Classics, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1976.

Secondary sources (select)

Hughes, Ian, “Tripartite structure in Manawydan Uab Llyr”, in: Mícheál Ó Flaithearta (ed.), Proceedings of the Seventh Symposium of Societas Celtologica Nordica, Studia Celtica Upsaliensia, Uppsala: University of Uppsala, 2007. 99–109.
 : <link>
Coe, Paula Powers, “Manawydan’s set and other iconographic riffs”, in: Joseph Falaky Nagy, and Leslie Ellen Jones (eds), Heroic poets and poetic heroes in Celtic tradition: a Festschrift for Patrick K. Ford, 3, 4, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005. 42–54.
Welsh, Andrew, “Manawydan fab Llyr: Wales, England and the ‘new man’”, in: Cyril J. Byrne, Margaret Harry, and Pádraig Ó Siadhail (eds), Celtic languages and Celtic peoples: proceedings of the Second North American Congress of Celtic studies, held in Halifax, August 16-19, 1989, Halifax, Nova Scotia: D’Arcy McGee Chair of Irish Studies, Saint Mary’s University, 1992. 369–382.
Mühlhausen, Ludwig, and Stefan Zimmer, Die vier Zweige des Mabinogi. Pedeir ceinc y Mabinogi, mit Lesarten und Glossar, 2nd ed., Buchreihe der Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie, 7, Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1988.
Koch, John T., “A Welsh window on the Iron Age: Manawydan, Mandubracios”, Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies 14 (Winter, 1987): 17–52.
Ford, Patrick K., “Prolegomena to a reading of the Mabinogi: Pwyll and Manawydan”, Studia Celtica 16–17 (1981–1982): 110–125.
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