The Mabinogion - Study Guide Branwen Daughter of Llyr Summary & Analysis

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Branwen Daughter of Llyr Summary

Matholwch, king of Ireland, wants to marry Branwen, Bendigeifran's sister, and make an alliance. When Efnisien learns of the marriage, he mutilates Matholwch's horses. As recompense, Bendigiefran gives Matholwch a cauldron that can give life back to a dead warrior.

In Ireland, Branwen gives birth to a son. Matholwch's nobles persuade him to banish Branwen. She is made a kitchen-wench. To prevent word reaching Bendigeifran, all ships from Britain are banned. Branwen tames a starling and it carries a letter to her brother.

Bendigeifran and his army cross the sea. He demands that Matholwch yield his throne to his son, and to recompense Branwen. Matholwch builds the giant Bendigeifran a house large enough to hold him but hides warriors in bags throughout the hall. Efnisien is told that the bags contain flour, but he kills the warriors when he feels inside...

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