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Y Darogan Annwn by Lorna Smithers
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Y Darogan Annwn (edition 2019)

by Lorna Smithers

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Lorna Smithers has written three previous books arising from her relationship with the Brythonic deity Gwyn ap Nudd. Here she tells the story of Y Darogan Annwn ((The Prophecy of Annwn) and takes her shaping of Brythonic mythopoiesis to a new level of creative interpretation. The emergence of a young girl into consciousness and the fulfilment of the prophecy which she embodies forms the main narrative thread, told initially in prose but then continuing in a series of poems. Woven into this thread is a considerable amount of mythic lore drawn upon unobtrusively as it naturally arises from the story told: the fulfilment of the prophecy and the growth to full consciousness of the one who is both the prophet and the prophecy.

The verses carry her emerging story with a flexibility and a deftness of touch that keeps the reader engaged with the developing narrative right through to its moving conclusion. The story draws upon layers of the mythic history of Britain as well as bringing in other elements that have influenced that history and had a bearing upon it, including biblical imagery, notably from the Book of Revelation, and a ring bringing in echoes of the Norse tradition. The fluency and ease of referential allusions is possible because the author steeped in the mythic material she uses, allowing it to arise instinctively as she writes.

This, then, is no laboured treatment of mythological sources, nor is it an arbitrary work of fantasy. It shapes the mythos in an entirely new way, and in a context that brings it alive for our own times, in much the same way that the medieval sources which drew on that mythos and re-shaped it for their times. But, more than this, it re-interprets and re-presents the stories of the families of Don and of Annwn in a configuration that is entirely original and that thereby re-invigorates the mythos, taking it our of the sphere of antiquarian interest - though such interest informs it throughout - to make what is ancient entirely new. Drawing on what is deep and bringing it alive for her readers, Lorna Smithers fulfils her adopted role of an awenydd in whom the awen sings with the breath of inspired expression.
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