Sign-ups are open now and will remain open throughout the readathon (latecomers are welcome!).
The readathon itself will run from 1st to the 30th September in your own timezone.
Please feel free to post Twitter updates, reading sprints, Instagram photos or just generally share how you’re getting on with the readathon using the hashtag #mythothon Follow and tag @mythothon for updates, info and retweets.
Any questions, just let me know!
Create a full or partial TBR on any platform that suits you — YouTube, Twitter, blog post, Goodreads etc. — and leave a link in the comments if this post to join up.
If it can be added on Goodreads, it counts — novellas, graphic novels, audiobooks etc. are all fair game.
You can double up on prompts if you want.
Your TBR can change over the course of the readathon.
To be clear, the books you choose DO NOT need to be mythology related to count, they just need to fit the prompt. For anyone who really wants to max their #mythothon game and work more celtic retellings and mythology-inspired books into their TBR, I’ll have a list of suggestions for you to look out in the coming weeks.
This year’s readathon is going to be a little different from the previous two. Celtic mythology is really broad and more than a little messy. Because of that, I didn’t feel like a pantheon-inspired bingo board really fit as well for this round.
Instead, we’ll be working a little deeper into one particular mythological story.
The Four Branches of the Mabinogi or Pedair Cainc Y Mabinogi are the earliest prose stories in the literature of Britain. Originally written in Wales in Middle Welsh, but widely available in translations, the Mabinogi is generally agreed to be a single work in four parts, or “Branches.”
The first of the four parts is The Tale of Pwyll Pendefig Dyfed. That’s what we’ll be basing this readathon around.
To participate in this readathon, you’ll work your way through the tale, reading a book for each prompt you come to. The eleven prompts are designed to be done in order, with one book a prompt but, if that’s not feasible for whatever reason, you can double up or switch things around. Make it work for you!
The Tale of Pwyll Pendefig Dyfed
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The tale ends with Pwyll’s death and Pryderi’s ascension to the throne.
* Read a book featuring royalty.
If you have any other questions, please comment or contact me via twitter 🙂
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