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Pronunciations for Celtic Texts

Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed

Pwyll, the First Branch of the Mabinogi (now anthologized in the Broadview Anthology of British Literature), is full of daunting names, starting with that of Pwyll himself. We realize that not everyone is comfortable reading International Phonetic Alphabet transcriptions, and that written pronunciation guides are often ambiguous, if someone is entirely new to the language. Nevertheless, we believe that being able to comfortably pronounce the names in Pwyll makes it more enjoyable to read and discuss the text. So here are .mp3 recordings of the personal names and toponyms in Pwyll. Recommend this page to your colleagues, students, and friends! Click on a name in the lists below to hear the pronunciation. The names marked MW are forms you will encounter if you are reading the text in the original Middle Welsh. The recordings are by Dr Aled Llion Jones.


Casnar Wledig (MW: Cassnar Wledic)
Cigfa, daughter of Gwynn Gohoyw (MW: Kicua, uerch Wynn Gohoyw)
Dyfed (MW: Dyuet)
Gloyw Walltlydan, son of Casnar Wledig (MW: Gloyw Walltlydan, uab Cassnar Wledic)
Gwawl, son of Clud = Gwawl fab Clud (MW: Gwawl, uab Clut)
Gwri Wallt Euryn
Gwynn Gohoyw
, son of Gloyw Walltlydan (MW:Gwynn Gohoyw, uab Gloyw Walltlydan)
Hefeydd Hen
Pendaran Dyfed (MW: Pendaran Dyuet)
Pryderi, son of Pwyll, Chief of Annwn (MW: Pryderi, uab Pwyll Penn Annwn)
Pwyll, Chief of Annwn = Pwyll Penn Annwn
Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed = Pwyll Pendefig Dyfed (MW: Pwyll, Pendeuic Dyuet)
Rhiannon, daughter of Hefeydd Hen (MW: Rhiannon, uerch Heueydd Hen)
Teyrnon Twrf Liant (MW: Teirnyon Twryf Uliant)

Annwn (MW: Annwuyn), the Otherworld
Arberth (MW: Gorsedd Arberth, the mound of Arberth)
Ceredigion (MW: Keredigyawn)
Glyn Cuch (MW: Glynn Cuch) Gwent Is Coed (MW: Gwent Is Coet) Pen Llwyn Diarwya
Preseli (MW: Presseleu)
Ystrad Tywi (MW: Ystrat Twyi)

Pronunciation help for other texts will follow in the coming months. In the meantime, please visit the Spoken Word pages maintained by the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge University.