Brenhin uu. Reading the death of kings in Culhwch ac Olwen
North American Journal of Celtic Studies
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Russell, P. (2019). Brenhin uu. Reading the death of kings in Culhwch ac Olwen. North American Journal of Celtic Studies https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.33260
The medieval Welsh tale Culhwch ac Olwen has usually been regarded as a romp, full of slapstick humour, and irony. The darker elements of the tale have largely been ignored. This paper argues that for a proper appreciation of the tale its darker sub-text has to be acknowledged: not only does it sharpen the humour but it allows us to view the depiction of Arthur in a darker light; for all his pomp and glory, he too will fall.
This record's DOI: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.33260
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