Culhwch & Olwen: A Tale of King Arthur & His Warriors performed by David Lee Summers

Tofu used as a bookstand, again.
Tofu used as a bookstand, again.

Where I Got It: Bought a copy from the publisher.

Narrator: David Lee Summers

Publisher: Hadrosaur Productions (2000)

Length: Approximately 70 minutes

Music: Kevin Schramm

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Around 1100 AD, the story of Culhwch and Olwen was committed to paper. It had long before been part of the Arthurian and Celtic oral tradition of tall tales. Now, David Lee Summers has brought that tale back to modern audiences with a grand telling, complete with music, on a modern CD.

This was highly amusing! It is a grand, tall tale indeed. When listening to it, I had to picture Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail. The basics are that Culhwch wants to marry Olwen. However, her father sets him this long string of impossible tasks before he will consent. Luckily, Culhwch is good friends with King Arthur and his Round Table knights.

Each noble man sets off on his assigned quest. Mostly, these quests are to obtain ridiculous grooming supplies! There’s a witch to kill, a couple of giants to defeat, a dwarf’s pot to steal, and so much more.

It’s great to hear this tale brought to life once again. I think those interested in Arthurian tales or even Celtic or English lore would find this amusing. I often found myself chuckling out loud.

The Narration: David Lee Summers tell the story with vigor and an underlying amusement. The music is a nice touch, putting me in mind of a Medieval court telling of the tale.

What I Liked: An old tale brought to life; such an amusing tall tale!; a bardic performance; accompanying music; the cover art.

What I Disliked: Nothing –  I really enjoyed this little slice of historic legend.

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