Brythonic Resources

Brythonic BooksBelow is a list of resources I’m gathering on Brythonic mythology and polytheism. Aside from the ‘primary sources’ and ‘secondary sources’ discussing them there is isn’t an awful lot of literature with a primarily Brythonic focus. However, information about Brythonic traditions can be found in books on the Celts, Bardism, Druidry. In contrast to other contemporary pagan religions there is a dearth of material on Brythonic polytheism and individual Brythonic gods and goddesses. Fortunately a few people are working to rectify that.

Brythonic Mythology

Primary Sources

Patrick Ford, Mabinogi and Other Welsh Tales, (University of California Press, 2008)
William F. Skene (transl), The Four Ancient Books of Wales, (Forgotten Books 2007) HERE

A.O.H. Jarman (transl.), Aneirin – Gododdin, (Gomer Press, 1998)
Lady Charlotte Guest, The Mabinogion, (1877) HERE
Kenneth Hurlstone Jackson (transl), The Gododdin, (Edinburgh University Press, 1969)
Marged Haycock, Legendary Poems from the Book of Taliesin, (CMCS, 2007)
Marged Haycock, Prophecies from the Book of Taliesin, (CMCS, 2013)
Meirion Pennar (transl.), The Black Book of Carmarthen, (Llanerch Enterprises, 1989)
Rachel Bromwich (ed), The Triads of the Island of Britain, (University of Wales Press, 2014)
Rachel Bromwich and Simon D. Evans (eds), Culhwch and Olwen, (University of Wales, 1998)
Sarah Higley, ‘Preiddu Annwn’ HERE
Sioned Davies (transl.), The Mabinogion, (Oxford University Press, 2007)

Edward Eyre Hunt, Sir Orfeo, (Forgotten Books, 2012)
Dafydd ap Gwilym, Poems, (Gomer Press, 1982)
Geoffrey of Monmouth, The History of the Kings of Britain, (Penguin Classic, 1973)
Geoffrey of Monmouth, The Life of Merlin, (Forgotten Books, 2008)
Gerald of Wales, The Journey through Wales / The Description of Wales, (Penguin Books, 1978)
Iolo Morganwg, The Barddas, (Weiser, 2004)

Secondary Sources

Caitlin and John Matthews, King Arthur’s Raid on the Underworld (Gothic Image, 2008)
John Morris, The Age of Arthur, (Phoenix, 1993)
Peter Bartrum, A Welsh Classical Dictionary: People in History and Legend up to about A.D. 1000, (National Library of Wales, 1993)
John Rhys, Studies in the Arthurian Legend, (Adamant Media Corporation, 2001)
Margaret Isaac, Arthur and the Twrch Trwyth, (APECS Press, 2012)
O. J. Padel, Arthur in Medieval Welsh Literature, (University of Wales Press, 2000)
Rachel Bromwich, A. O. H. Jarman, Brynley F. Roberts, The Arthur of the Welsh, (University of Wales Press, 1991)
Thomas Green, Concepts of Arthur, (Tempus Publishing, 2007)
Will Parker, The Four Branches of the Mabinogi, (Bardic Press, 2005)

Celtic Literature Collective
Mabinogion.info
Mabinogi.net
Sacred Texts

Brythonic Polytheism

Caer Feddwyd
Dun Brython
Dun Brython Blog

Awen ac Awenydd
Cylch Rhiannon
Muddy Boots and Mistletoe
Musings of a Scottish Hearth Druid
Paganarch
Round the Herne
The Way of the Awenydd

Brythonic Gods and Goddesses

Miranda Green, The Gods of the Celts, (Bramley Books, 1986)
R. J. Stewart, Celtic Gods and Goddesses, (Blandford, 1990)
Robin Herne, Old Gods, New Druids, (O Books, 2009)
Susie Fox, Ritual Journeys with Great British Goddesses, (Trafford, 2012)

Arianrhod

Rhyd Wildermuth, ‘Arianrhod, the Crown of the North

Blodeuwedd

Jhenah Telyndru (ed), Flower Face: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Blodeuwedd, (Ninth Wave Press, 2016)

Brigantia

Sheena McGrath, Brigantia: Goddess of the North, (Lulu, 2016)

Brân

Rhyd Wildermuth, ‘Awakening the Land: Madness and the Return of the Welsh Gods,’ Walking the Worlds, Building Regional Cultus, Volume 1 Issue 2 Summer 2015,

Elen

Elen Sentier, Elen of the Ways, (Moon Books, 2013)
Caroline Wise, Finding Elen: The Quest for Elen of the Ways, (Create Space, 2015)

Gwyn ap Nudd

Angelika H. Rudiger, ‘Gwyn ap Nudd: Transfigurations of a character on the way from medieval literature to neo-pagan beliefs’, Gramarye, Issue 2 (University of Chichester, Winter 2012)
Heron (transl) ‘Gwyn ap Nudd and Gwyddno Garanhir
Yuri Leitch, Gwyn: Ancient God of Glastonbury and key to the Glastonbury Zodiac, (The Temple Publications, 2007)

Mabon

Caitlin Matthews, Mabon and the Guardians of Celtic Britain, (Inner Traditions, 2002)

Myrddin Wyllt

Nikolai Tolstoy, The Quest for Merlin, (Sceptre, 1985)
Neil Thomas, ‘The Celtic Wild Man Tradition and Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Vita Merlini: Madness or Contemptus Mundi?’, Arthuriana, Vol. 10, No. 1 (Spring 2000)
Tim Clarkson, Scotland’s Merlin, (Berlinn, 2016)

Rigantona

Lee Davies (ed), The Grey Mare on the Hill, (Grey Mare Books, 2015)
The Horse Goddess

Celtic History, Mythology and Religion

Alistair Moffat, The Sea Kingdoms: The History of Celtic Britain and Ireland, (Harper Collins, 2002)
Anne Ross, Pagan Celtic Britain, (Cardinal, 1974)
Bernard Maier, Dictionary of Celtic Religion and Culture, (The Boydell Press, 1997)
Barry Cunliffe, The Celtic World, (Outlet, 1987)
Barry Cunliffe, Ancient Celts (Penguin, 1999)
Charles Squire, Celtic Myths and Legends, (Parragon, 2000)
Francis Pryor, Britain BC, (Harper Perennial, 2004)
Guy de la Bedoyere, Gods with Thunderbolts: Religion in Roman Britain, (Tempus Publishing Ltd. 2002)
James MacKillop, Dictionary of Celtic Mythology, (Oxford University Press, 1998)
John T. Koch (ed), The Celtic Heroic Age, (Celtic Studies Publications, 2003)
Miles Russell and Stuart Laycock, Unroman Britain, (The History Press, 2011)
Miranda Green, Animals in Celtic Life and Myth, (Routledge, 1998)
Miranda Green, Dying for the Gods, (The History Press, 2002)
Miranda Green, The Gods of the Celts, (Sutton Publishing, May 2011)
Moyra Caldecott, Women in Celtic Myth, (Arrow Books, 1988)
Ronald Hutton, The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain, (Oxford University Press, 2001)
Ronald Hutton, Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles: Their Nature and Legacy, (Wiley, 2010)
Sioned Davies and Nerys Ann Jones (eds.), The Horse in Celtic Culture: Medieval Welsh Perspectives, (Cardiff, 1997)
T. W. Rolleston, Celtic Myths and Legends, (Senate, 1994)

Bardic and Druidic Tradition

Caitlin and John Matthews, King Arthur’s Raid on the Underworld, (Gothic Image Publications, 2008)
Charlotte Hussey, Glossing the Spoils, (Awen Publications, 2012)
D. W. Nash, Taliesin or Bards and Druids of Britain, (Kessinger)
Greg Hill, Creatures, (Nant Publications, 2014)
John Matthews, The Celtic Shaman, (Random House, 1991)
John Matthews (ed), The Bardic Source Book, (Blanford, 1998)
John Matthews (ed), The Celtic Seer’s Source Book, (Blandford, 1999)
John Matthews, Taliesin: The Last Celtic Shaman, (Inner Traditions, 2002)
Kevan Manwaring, The Bardic Handbook, (Gothic Images Publications, 2006)
Kevan Manwaring, The Way of Awen, (O Books, 2010)
Kristoffer Hughes, Natural Druidry, (Thoth Publications, 2007)
Kristoffer Hughes, From the Cauldron Born, (Llewellyn, 2013)
Kristoffer Hughes, The Journey into Spirit, (Llewellyn, 2013)
Kristoffer Hughes, The Book of Celtic Magic, (Llewellyn, 2014)
Mererid Hopwood, Singing in Chains, (Gomer Press, 2004)
Robert Graves, The White Goddess: A Historical Grammer of Poetic Myth (Faber & Faber, 1999)
Rev. Robert Skip Ellison, The Solitary Druid: Walking the Path of Wisdom and Spirit (ADF Publishing, 2014)
Rhyd Wildermuth, Your Face is a Forest (Rhyd Wildermuth, 2014)
Rhyd Wildermuth, A Kindness of Ravens (Rhyd Wildermuth, 2016)
Robin Herne, Bard Song, (Moon Books, 2012)
R. Hutton, The Druids (London, 2007)
Tom Cowan, Fire in the Head, (Harper One, 1993)

Folk and Fairylore

Edward A. Armstrong, The Folklore of Birds, (Dover Publications, 1958)
Francis Jones, The Holy Wells of Wales (Cardiff, 1992)
Katherine Briggs, The Fairies in Tradition and Literature, (Routledge, 1967)
John Rhŷs, Celtic Folklore: Welsh and Manx (Oxford, 1901)
T. Gwynn Jones, Welsh Folklore and Folk-Custom, (Redwood Burn, 1979)
Trefor Owen, Welsh Folk Customs, (Gomer Press, 1987)
Wirt Sikes, British Goblins, (Lightning Source, 1880)
W. Jenkyn Thomas, The Welsh Fairy Book, (Dover Publications, 2001)
W. Y. Evans Wentz, The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries, (Colin Smythe Limited, 1977)

The Old North

Andrew Breeze, “The Name and Battle of Arfderydd, near Carlisle,” Journal of Literary Onomastics: Volume 2: Issue 1, Article 1. (2012)
Brian Hartley and Leon Fits, The Brigantes, (Alan Sutton, 1988)
Denise Kenyon, The Origins of Lancashire, (1991)
Guy Ragland Philips, Brigantia: A Mysteriography, (Routledge, 1976)
Melville Richards, The Fictitious Kingdom of Teyrnllwg, (1960)
Nick Higham, The Northern Counties to AD1000, (Longman Group 1986)
Nicki Howarth, Cartimandua: Queen of the Brigantes, (The History Press, 2011)
Tim Clarkson, The Men of the North: The Britons of Southern Scotland, (John Donald, 2010)
Ronald Cunliffe Shawe, The Royal Forest of Lancaster, (The Guardian Press, 1956)
Ronald Cunliffe Shawe, The Men of the North, (Leyland Printing Co., 1970)

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