The Rhiannon Dagger
Rhiannon is a prominent figure in Welsh mythology and is often associated with the otherworld and the Welsh underworld. According to the Mabinogion, a collection of Welsh myths and legends, Rhiannon is a significant and enigmatic figure, often depicted as a powerful and beautiful queen.
One of the most well-known tales involving Rhiannon is the story of "Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed," where she first appears riding a white horse. This striking image of her riding through the countryside and luring Pwyll to her has become an iconic representation of her character.
Rhiannon's name is often linked to the mysterious figure of Epona, a Celtic goddess associated with horses and fertility. This connection emphasizes Rhiannon's association with sovereignty, the land, and the cycle of life and death.
A horse gallops under a crescent moon on the hilt to honor Rhiannon's relationship to the magnificent creatures. The end of each handle features a horse shoe embellished with a moon phase.
Her story is marked by themes of endurance, transformation, and the complexities of human relationships. Rhiannon is a symbol of feminine strength and resilience.
According to another account in the Mabinogion, Rhiannon is unjustly accused of a terrible crime and punishes herself by standing at the gates of the royal court, where she is compelled to tell her story to passersby.
During this time, she is discovered by a lord named Teyrnon, who witnesses a mysterious and miraculous event. One night, he notices a group of strikingly beautiful and ethereal foals being born in his stable. To his amazement, the foals disappear almost as soon as they are born, leaving him and his wife without an explanation.
Rhiannon, who has endured great hardship during her unjust punishment, eventually reveals that the foals are in fact her son, as she had been tricked and her son stolen from her at a young age. Teyrnon helps her prove her innocence, and the child is returned to her.
After reclaiming her son and clearing her name, Rhiannon is often symbolically associated with a flock of magical birds, often depicted as starlings. These starlings play a significant role in the redemption and vindication of Rhiannon's character, emphasizing her connection to the spiritual and magical elements of the natural world in Welsh mythology.
A murmuration of starlings fly across the curved blade. Starlings symbolize collective consciousness, communication, and synchronicity.
The hair dagger is made from a steel and zinc blend. Nickel and lead free.
Measures 6.5" long