Assembly of the Wondrous Head
Taken from the Mabinogion: a king is shot by a poisoned arrow in battle; he asks his troops to sever his head to curtail the pain; he promises that his head will never corrupt, and that the band will never know age or sorrow if they keep his kernel sacred in a certain glen, and never part company with each other or the relic; the instructions are carried out and all is well for 80 years, when one soldier turns from the council fire to pursue his own fortune; all the suspended years of mourning come down at once, and the group fragments.
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