Manawydan, son of Llŷr.


Pryderi of Dyfed returns from the Irish War as one of its few survivors, to reunite with his mother Rhiannon, and his wife Cigfa. He brings with him his beloved war comrade, Manawydan, the heir to the kingship of all Britain. But Manawydan’s rights as heir to Britain have been usurped by Caswallon, and he does not want more war. Pryderi establishes him as the lord of Dyfed, including marriage to Rhiannon, a union which both partners welcome. The four of them, Pryderi, his wife Cigfa, Rhiannon and her new husband Manawydan, become very good friends indeed, and travel the land of Dyfed admiring how bountiful it is.

Together they sit the Gorsedd Arberth, as Pwyll once did. A clap of thunder, a bright light, and magical mist descend. Afterwards the land is devastated of all other life except wild animals. The four live by hunting, but after two years they want more, so they travel to England. In three towns in turn they craft saddles, shields and shoes of such quality that the local craftsmen cannot compete, so their envy becomes dangerous. Pryderi dislikes the lower class way of life, and Manawydan stops him from fighting their enemies. Instead Manawydan insists on moving away. After three attempts like this, they return to Dyfed.

Once more living as hunters Pryderi and Manawydan follow a shining white boar to a strange castle. Pryderi, against Manawydan’s advice, follows his hounds inside to become trapped there by a golden bowl. Manawydan waits, then reports to Rhiannon who rebukes his failure to rescue his friend. But when she follows her son she too becomes trapped. Alone with Cigfa, Manawydan reassures her he will respect her virtue. After another attempt in England as shoemakers, the pair return to Dyfed, and Manawydan farms three fields of wheat next to Gorsedd Arberth. But his first field’s harvest is cut down by thieves, and his second. He sits vigil at night, and sees a horde of mice eating the ripe corn. He catches a slow, fat one. Against Cigfa’s protest he sets up a miniature gibbet to hang it as a thief.

A scholar, a priest and a bishop in turn offer him money if he will spare the mouse which he refuses. When asked what he wants for the mouse’s life he first demands an explanation. The bishop tells him he is Llwyd, friend of the wronged Gwawl, the mouse is Llwyd’s shapeshifted wife, and the devastation of Dyfed is to avenge Gwawl. Manawydan bargains to release of Pryderi and Rhiannon, and the lifting of the curse on Dyfed.


A Study in Biscuit



masterclass in upper foor painting

Masterclass in Upper Foot Painting.

Have a wonderful week. Keep sparing a smile for those faces that don’t bear one and if a hug is welcome, make sure you hug. Don’t forget to ask for plenty yourself too.

My apologies but I will be off the radar for a while so you’ll have to get someone else to bore you but I will be checking up on those smiles. Though I will get to individual emails I won’t be commenting on blogs or tweeting  anything. No promotions I’m afraid but it doesn’t mean I don’t care for you all. I just need some time.

Hugs Galore



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46 responses to “Manawydan, son of Llŷr.

  1. David, the story is delightful as always, but the photos and captions are priceless! A Study in Biscuit stole my heart ♥

  2. Super photographs and a good retelling of the story…now I have to find out more…
    Look after yourself.

  3. I would love to see A Study in Biscuit up on the walls of the National Gallery. Hugs!

  4. I agree with those other comments – A Study in Biscuit is just a superb photo. And I also love Radiance – she is!! Take your time David, be well, much love and many hugs!!

  5. Thank you for the story, David. You will be missed but understand the need to get away. Lovely photos. Hugs

  6. Enjoyed the story, David, and you enjoy your time away. Peace and Blessings. ❤

  7. Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    Hows this for a classic ramble by the lovable but mad David. Sorry – Lord David.? 😉

  8. Very entertaining and pictures great as usual, so where are you of to? How will I survive without you David? Lots of love Karen xxx

  9. Enjoy your time off, David, and come back refreshed. We all need that space at times. Hugs, naturally.

  10. Hope you time away from us is jolly and fruitful, David. Hugs and smiles all the way from me 🙂

  11. Is radiance a photo of Yvonne? Tell her she looks lovely. And tell the little rainbow biscuit we think she’s lovely too!
    Time out is always a good thing. Come back refreshed and snarky. 😀

  12. Hope you’re okay and everything goes well, David ❤

  13. Jane Sturgeon

    Mass hugs flowing across The Dee for you and much love for you in your time and space. ❤ xXx ❤

  14. Your daughter is so beautiful – I want eyes like that! Hugs xxx

  15. I love those photos! Hope all is well, David. Hugs!

  16. Thanks so much, David. Love and take care. Big hugs. ♥

  17. Enjoy your time away, David. Great song choice and photos. See you when you get back..:)

  18. Wonderful story, David, and as always, the photos are precious. Have a lovely, restful time away. Huge hugs ❤

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  20. Take all the time you need, David. Hugs and smiles to you and yours.

  21. I really got into this story and enjoyed it very much! And the kids are gorgeous as always … I especially love the first one … Amelie looks like she is so deep in concentration, as if she were working a Rubik’s cube!

    I shall miss you, dear David, but I certainly understand the need to step away for a bit. I hope everything is okay with you? You probably already have my email, but in case you don’t, it’s … feel free to email me any time. Again, I will miss you, but take care! And hurry back!

    xxx HUGE Cwtch Mawr, dear friend xxx

  22. I understand, I’m taking some time as well – I do love the rhythm of your tales and look forward to reading more!

  23. Wonderful story David, and the photos are priceless! Enjoy your time out, we all need one. Hoping all is well and sending you ((((humongous hugs)))) ❤

  24. This literally warmed my heart and wow, ‘A Study in Biscuit’ is a new masterpiece. Enjoy and thank you for letting us be part of your journey. Massive biscuity hugs xoxoxo

  25. Look after yourself, David – after all, you give so much to others. I’ve known your blog only briefly, but I feel I found a friend in so many ways. I’m at if ever you need anything, or if you just want to chat. All the best for now, and I hope to see you back soon. Hugs, Fred.

  26. Ali Isaac

    Omg… you’re doing it! You really Are! You’re teaching us Welsh Myth! I’m so happy. And may I say it is way more complicated than the Irish stuff! 😊 Enjoy your break, David. Hope all is well. Xxx

    • Just so there’s no mistake, I mentioned this is all your fault in the first one.
      xxx Massive Hugs xxx

      • Ali Isaac

        Lol! I saw that! I still say it was a good decision. Are you enjoying the stories? Once I started reading the Arthurian ones and the Irish ones, I got seriously hooked. The Welsh ones I don’t know much about so this is an education for me.

      • I might do the fourth branch of the Mabinogion and then maybe the Arthurian legend from the Welsh perspective, making sure everyone knows Merlin (Mereddyn) was Welsh.
        xxx Unlimited Hugs xxx

      • Ali Isaac

        You mean people don’t know that??? Looking forward to reading them! 😀 xxx

  27. Great post, David, and I loved hearing Bill Withers belt out “Lean on Me.” Great fun taking a moment on the Soul Train. Enjoy your hiatus — here’s some big hugs for you. 🙂

  28. Thanks so much Jet. Bill Withers was always a favourite.
    xxx Humongous Hugs xxx

  29. Wow! This is one great story, David.

  30. That’s quite a magical tale, David. Good music. Lovely pictures of the children and your daughter. xxxHuge Hugsxxx 🙂 — Suzanne

  31. Nice to see you branching out with the blog into some Wales Tales. Hope your break does you as much good as mine has done me! Please don’t stay away too long though….you’ll be missed! Hugs galore from France! xoxo


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