Arianrhod appears in the fourth branch of Mabinogion. Her name means silver wheel, so I have depicted her with a silver wheel, emblazoned with the Triskelion. Ancient stories see her as a moon goddess that could shapeshift into an owl, so I included the full moon and an owl, with her castle, Caer Arianrhod in the background. Arianrhod magically gave birth to Dylan, a sea spirit, and Lleu Llaw Gyffes, Blodeuwedd’s husband.
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Blodeuwedd (meaning flower face) is from the fourth branch of ‘the Mabinogion’. She is created from the flowers of broom, meadowsweet and oak by magicians Math and Gwydion, to become the wife of Lleu Llaw Gyffes after his mother, Arianrhod, curses him that he will never have a human wife. However, Blodeuwedd falls in love with Gronw Pebyr, and together they plot to kill Llew. As punishment, she is turned into an owl.
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Rhiannon is a character from the Mabinogion and strongly associated with horses. She first appears in the first branch of the Mabinogion, when Pwyll, prince of Dyfed, sees her riding past on a magic, white horse. He tries to catch up with her but she always remains ahead of him, despite her horse just ambling along. Pwyll finally reaches her when he simply asks her to stop. She and Pwyll eventually marry and have a son, Pryderi, which lead to further adventures in the Mabinogion.
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Branwen is a character in the second branch of the Mabinogion. She marries Matholwch, king of Ireland, but the marriage does not go well as a result of her half brother, who mutilates the king’s horses. Matholwch and Branwen return to Ireland, but the Irish king mistreats Branwen in retaliation and banishes her to the kitchen where she is beaten each day. Branwen finds a young starling, which she tames and teaches it to carry a message to her brother, Bran the Blessed, in North Wales. This results in a war between Wales and Ireland.
‘Branwen’ - Graphite on bristol board. Framed size - 41.91 x 41.91cm. Available - £120