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Irish Influence on Medieval Welsh Literature$
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Patrick Sims-Williams

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199588657

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588657.001.0001

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The Irish Geography of Branwen

The Irish Geography of Branwen

(p.188) 7 The Irish Geography of Branwen
Irish Influence on Medieval Welsh Literature

Patrick Sims‐Williams

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses allusions in the Second Branch of the Mabinogi, Branwen, to Irish geography: the former rivers between Britain and Ireland called Lli and the Archan and the submerged kingdoms; the river Liffey and Dublin; and the origin story of the ‘five fifths of Ireland’. The last is compared with Lebor Gabála Érenn and Giraldus Cambrensis, with the Lot story in Genesis 19, with the stories of Cairbre Cattchenn and Túathal Techtmar, and with the ‘Treachery at Scone’.

Keywords:   Mabinogi, Branwen, Lli, Archan, submerged kingdoms, Liffey, Dublin, ‘five fifths of Ireland’, Lebor Gabála Érenn, Giraldus Cambrensis, Lot, Cairbre Cattchenn, Túathal Techtmar, Scone

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