Claws in the Night
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As told in Llyfr Gwyn Rhydderch (or the Mabinogion), a collection of Welsh legends:

At the Black Stone in Llanfair in Arfon, the great sow Henwen gave birth to a kitten (after having previously birthed a wolf-cub and an eagle). Coll mab Collfrewy was the swineherd, and when he picked up this ferocious little kitten, ball of scratching and fur and claws, and Coll hurled it into the sea to drown.

The kitten clung to life as fiercely as it had clawed at Coll, and managed to survive and swim to shore at Anglesey, where it was discovered and raised by the sons of Palug. (Hence the name Cath Palug, "Palug's Cat", although it is sometimes thought to be translated as "clawing cat" as well.)

It is said that this Cath Palug grew to become an enormous beast who terrorized the surrounding lands. When word came of the ravages, King Arthur sent his knight Sir Cai to dispatch the giant cat. Nine-score warriors and champions rode alongside Cai...and none of them returned, save Cai. How the confrontation went - whether Cai slew Cath Palug, or simply fled...the poems and stories do not say.
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CorgiFoxi's avatar
CorgiFoxi|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kitties! I like this and the Welsh Legend about Paulg's Cat is fascinating!
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beautiful! :) i saw your art on the front page of DA and was like, wait a minute.... this looks very similar to a book i purchased.... haha
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yuffierose27|Student Traditional Artist
this is super awesome!
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thandav|Professional General Artist
wow :)its weldone cool
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Zekkentak|Student General Artist
That an extremely interesting story..
How is there no ending to all of it just brings this all out.. :o

I've got to hear more legend! :D
And see more artwork like this as amazing as the Legend! ;)
It looks as though it taken directly from an ancient manual of the story and it's just so amazing..
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This is very beautiful !!!
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hawthorne-cat|Professional General Artist
BEAUTIFUL! i love this myth!
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Aldagon|Professional Traditional Artist
I love your work! What an imagination, what a colr tehnic!
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I just love this. There seems to be a dreamlike quality about this picture and even the story behind it. Love. Love. Love!!!
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i absolutely ADORE your work!!!!!!!!!!!
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Love love <3
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So beautiful...I love the blue

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Fantastic work!! :clap:
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I always liked this story! As usual so admire your details!
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beautiful feline critter! Oh, by the way, I recieved your astrology calander for Christmas - now I get to see your stunning work every day!
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wooow, loving it! x
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Wow, it's awesome :) I love the colours :D
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unmerwe|Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful mood created by this painting! Love the deep blues.
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Treyos|Hobbyist Writer
Interesting tale. The old Celtic, Norse and Welsh stories are some of the strangest ever told. ;)
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great awesome work!
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Lovely as ever. Magical strokes my dear.
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