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By Kath Filmer-Davies

This e-book examines how modern myth literature deals severe insights into western society and tradition by way of drawing at the old myths of Wales. those books emphasise the necessity to have a collection of social and private values in an effort to be loose from a feeling of dislocation and alienation in a hugely technologised society and so that it will fulfill the experience of 'hiraeth' or eager for a spot the place one really belongs.

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I pass the test', she said. ' (385) Tolkien is obviously antipathetic to the worship of the Great Mother; he seems to think that the power wielded by men would, in the hands of a woman, be much more dangerous. Tolkien's imputed misogyny has been well documented by such critics as Catharine Stimpson2, but in fairness he shows also the penalties and pain that come from the misuse of power by males as well. The misuse of power is the most common theme - indeed, it is the allpervading theme- in fantasy fiction.

From magic of this kind come the motifs of several well-known twentieth-century fantasies. Among them are Louise Lawrence's The Earth Witch, Alan Gamer's The Owl Service, Liane Jones's The Dreamstone, Jay Ashton's The Door in the Wall, Brian Caswell's Merryll and the Stones, and Madeleine L'Engle's A Swiftly Tilting Planet. In this chapter and the next I shall look at the use of Welsh hanesion in these novels and show how they work at once to arouse hiraeth and the yearning to belong, and to evoke a strong sense of the spirit of Welsh place.

Jaques Clamorgan, Sapin's Welsh West Indian in StLouis, immediately organized an imperial expedition into the west, while a minor outbreak of Madoc fever seized the USA. That passion hit Wales at a critical moment. (171) According to the popular historian, Jan Morris, there is a plaque on an old flint-and-stone structure in a garden on the seafront at Rhos, near Llandudno, which proclaims, 'Prince Madoc sailed from here to Mobile, Alabama' (Morris 319). 3 Liane Jones has relied on the association of the Madoc myth with the Mandan Indians for the plot of her novel, but L'Engle has been more imaginative, and has her Welsh characters not only colonising the New England area but also beginning the earliest Welsh settlement in Patagonia.

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