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Mythothon Round 3 - Celtic Mythology

Updated: Jul 13, 2021

Mythothon is a mythology themed readathon hosted by blogger Foxes and Fairy Tales. Round 3 took inspiration from celtic mythology and was based around The Tale of Pwyll Pendefig Dyfed.

I see a readathon based on mythology, I join said readathon no questions asked. This consisted of 11 excerpts from the tale and each one has a corresponding prompt. There was an optional group book to read, The Witches of Ash and Ruin, but I didn't know about it...


Here are all the books I read for the readathon. I unfortunately did not end up completing this readathon as I did DNF some books...

If you want to see my reviews for the books, click on the linked titles.

1. Prince Pwyll of Dyfed is out hunting and becomes separated from his companions. He stumbles across a pack of hounds feeding on a slain stag and takes the kill for his own. *Read a book with an animal on the cover or in the title*

- The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

2. This earns the anger of anger of the dogs’ master, Arawn, lord of the otherworldly kingdom of Annwn. *Read a book featuring the fae or some other supernatural element*

- A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

3. In recompense, Pwyll agrees to trade places with Arawn for a year and a day. He take on the lord’s appearance and Arawn’s place at court. At the end of the year, Pwyll engages in single combat against Hafgan, Arawn’s rival, and mortally wounds him with one blow. *Read a book featuring a rivalry*

- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

4. He earns Arawn overlordship of all of Annwn. Pwyll and Arawn meet once again, revert to their old appearances and return to their respective courts. They become lasting friends. *Read a book featuring a friendship or with serious squad goals*

- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

5. Pwyll encounters Rhiannon, a beautiful and powerful maiden on a shining magical horse. They are strangely unreachable. After three days Pwyll finally calls out to her asking her to stop. Rhiannon does so immediately and says she will gladly stop and it would have been better for the horse if he had asked sooner. She then tells him she has come seeking him because she would rather marry him than her fiance, Gwawl ap Clud. *Read a book from a trilogy*

- The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

6. On Rhiannon and Pwyll’s wedding day, Gwawl vab Clud appears in disguise and tricks Pwyll into giving him the entire wedding feast and Rhiannon. Rhiannon, unhappy with this turn of events explains that the feast is hers and not Pwyll’s to give away and it has already been promised to the guests and hosts. *Read a book with food on the cover or in the title*

- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

7. Rhiannon then guides Pwyll through a cunning strategy using her magic bag which can never be filled, to extricate her from her betrothal to Gwawl. Gwawl is trapped in the bag and beaten by Pwyll’s men until he agrees to Rhiannon’s terms, including foregoing vengeance. *Read a book you already own*

- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

8. Rhiannon and Pwyll have a son, but the child disappears the night he is born. Rhiannon’s maids, in fear of their lives, accuse her of killing and eating her own baby. Rhiannon negotiates a penalty where she must sit at the castle gate every day for seven years telling her terrible tale to strangers and offer them a ride on her back. *Read a book written by a female author*

- A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

9. Meanwhile, the child is rescued from its monstrous abductor by Teyrnon Twrf Lliant. He and his wife adopt the boy. They called him Gwri Wallt Evryn (‘Golden Hair’). The child grows to adulthood at a superhuman pace and, as he matures, his likeness to Pwyll grows more obvious and, eventually, Teyrnon realises Gwri’s true identity. *Read a book with a beautiful cover*

- Wilder Girls by Rory Power

10. Their son is renamed Pryderi “Loss”, as is custom from his mother’s first words to him: “Pryderi” puns on anxiety and labour. *Read a book featuring mental health representation*

- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

11. The tale ends with Pwyll’s death and Pryderi’s ascension to the throne. *Read a book featuring royalty*

- Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston


For more information about this readathon, check out the Foxes and Fairy Tales website.

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