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Re: Merlin - elements of the original legends

Poster: "Brett W. McCoy" <bmccoy@lan2wan.com>

On Thu, 30 Apr 1998, Susan and Ken Reed wrote:

> I thought I was very familiar with the _Mabinogion_, having read most of
> its stories scores of times and studying them in considerable depth, but I
> cannot recall seeing a single reference to "Queen Mab" or any female
> character called "Mab." Could you be more specific about where she appears?

I don't recall the name either.  It's been a while since I read the
_Mabinogion_, though.

> There is, however, a rather prominent character in "Culhwch and Olwen"
> called Mabon ap Modron, or "Son, son of Mother"; he is very definitely male
> and his associations are a different kettle of salmon indeed ;-). It would
> easy to see how the names could become confused.

Does Mab or Mabh have any connection with the Queen Maeve of Connacht?

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