The Gododdin Revisited

The Gododdin Revisited

Clarkson, Tim

The Heroic Age, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 1999


A critical review of John Koch’s reconstruction of the historical background to the Old Welsh Gododdin poems which, in addition to depicting aspects of the heroic society of “Dark Age” Britain, may contain the earliest literary reference to Arthur.

This essay is a review of the contextual sections of John Koch’s The Gododdin of Aneirin, published in 1997 by the University of Wales Press. The book has been long-awaited and is likely to be regarded as very controversial. For Arthurian studies it offers for the first time a glimpse of how the allegedly earliest literary reference to Arthur may have appeared in the spoken language of the sixth century Britons.


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