Cultured Wednesday: Alan Lee’s Pwyll

What is Pwyll looking at?

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Here is Alan Lee‘s illustration of Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed, for your enjoyment:

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Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed

If you have not read the First Branch of the Mabinogi, there is an online version of Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed, but in short, it is a story full of magic and love, battles and monsters, honor and betrayal, in other words, the ancient theme clothed anew.  Well worth your time, I dare say.

But even if you are quite uninterested in reading more than this post, the picture alone can conjure up a story, and thus we invite you to have a look at Alan Lee’s illustration, the scene, the foreground figure, the background figures, and let yourself be transported to another time and place.  Who is the man, and what is his standing in life?  Who are the men behind him?  Why might they be in this green world, half tamed and have wild, and what, dear Reader, might Pwyll be looking at?

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