The Song of Rhiannon by Evangeline WaltonThe Song of Rhiannon, a retelling of the Third Branch of the Mabinogion, isnt as powerful as The Children of Llyr, which is a relief, in a way. Theres a time of healing for the characters, as well as what they suffer during the action of the story, and theres a happy end for them as well. It continues to follow the characters of Manawydan, Rhiannon, Pryderi and Kigva. There are actually few other characters in the story, fleshed-out or not, but the character of the Bogey made me smile quite a bit, as did his interactions with Manawydan.
Once more, Evangeline Walton brings the characters to life. I cant remember anything in the Mabinogion about some of the elements she introduces, e.g. about Pryderis father, but they all seem to belong quite naturally.
If I didnt already care about Pryderi, Rhiannon and Manawydan, though, I dont know how much I would have loved this book. The retelling of the Second Branch is the strongest so far, and can stand alone, but this cant, to my mind.
I have serious love for her version of Manawydan, in all his wisdom and dignity and his love for his land.
Craig Allen’s Fun Facts: Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac
Here are 17 reasons why this performance proves Stevie is simply the coolest thing in the universe. This version is the epic. Keep in mind, the audience has no idea who Stevie Nicks is. She and Lindsey just joined Fleetwood Mac last year. I think she just said this song is about a sandwich? Stevie is not in mellow mode tonight.
Bibliomancy, a mystical practice dating back to the s, holds that if a book is picked up and opened to a page at random, the first word or sentence one sees will reveal some kind of epiphany. True to its witchy beginnings, in time the song would reveal deeper significance. This is all in the Welsh translation of The Mabinogion, their book of mythology. So there was, in fact, a song of Rhiannon. I had no idea about any of this.
Its US chart peak was in June , when it hit The song is always referred to as simply "Rhiannon" on Fleetwood Mac albums. The song built to a climax in which Nicks' vocals were so impassioned that, as drummer and band co-founder Mick Fleetwood said, "her Rhiannon in those days was like an exorcism. The novel is about a woman named Branwen, who is possessed by another woman named Rhiannon. Nicks bought the novel in an airport just before a long flight and thought the name was so pretty that she wanted to write something about a girl named Rhiannon.
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Play "Rhiannon" on Amazon Music. Rhiannon is said to be the maker of birds, the goddess of steeds, and the protector of horses. Rhiannon had left her magical world to marry a mortal king and she had then lost all of her powers. She did not lose knowledge of them, she knew what would happen and could do nothing about it, which was difficult. As punishment for a crime she did not commit, Rhiannon was forced to carry people around on her back, thus she was called the Mare-Goddess. Rhiannon commands attention, like a ringing bell. Rhiannon is also said that she: "Rules her life like a bird in flight.
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We think that she was, in fact, Queen and that her memory became the myth. I definitely feel that there's a presence Lindsey, don't you think that Rhiannon is a beautiful name? Yes Stevie, I do. I think that Rhiannon is a beautiful name. And, um, so I wrote this song and made her into what I thought was an old Welsh witch. Which is pretty weird because I never saw that.