By Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko

Jason's dad has a tendency to stroll in his sleep and leads to the main not going areas. On one specifically chilly evening it falls to Jason to discover his father and maintain him secure.

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There is no mention of brains and bones. Colum also lightens Branwen's punishment; instead of being reduced to a scullery maid who is beaten regularly by the cook, she is merely forced to be the cook. On the other hand, Colum retains the mutilation of the horses as he found it in Guest's translation. This mutilation was an unspeakable outrage to the Irish, who value their horses above all else, and Colum was an Irishman. Colum makes several interesting emendations. In a footnote he defines Annwn as "the Realm of Faerie" (13), rather than as the Welsh Land of the Dead.

Gwyn Jones certainly simplifies the name "Bendigeidfran" to "Bran"; on the other hand, Lieu Llaw Gyffes and Blodeuwedd retain all their proper syllables, perhaps because both names have an onomastic purpose in the story. Jones begins his children's version in the middle of the First Branch, omitting Pwyll's encounter with Arawn and subsequent sojourn in Annwn. Arawn is replaced by an old man with two deerhounds (white with red ears—the traditional Celtic hellhounds). The old man tells Pwyll about the magical properties of the hill known as Gorsedd Arberth, then he and his dogs vanish.

And as Pwyll points out to his nobles in Guest's account, "But children has she now had, therefore will I not put her away, if she has done wrong, let her do penance for it" (3: 62). Birth in general seems to be a forbidden subject. Lanier excises all references he possibly can—in fact, a number that are vital to the plots of the Four Branches—so that children, colts, and other newborn creatures appear in the stories as if by spontaneous generation, often without any acknowledged parentage. In the First Branch, Teyrnon's horse is allowed to retain her fame as a brood mare, but she is not permitted to give birth on the printed page.

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