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water till scarcely could I escape from him. Then I summoned all my kindred to destroy him, but he made peace with me, and I took fifty fish spears from his back. Unless he may know something of the man whom you seek I cannot tell who may. But I will guide you to the place where he is.'
So they followed the eagle, who flew before them, though so high was he in the sky, it was often hard to mark his flight. At length he stopped above a deep pool in a river.
' Salmon of Llyn Llyw,' he called, ' I have come to thee with an embassy from Arthur to inquire if thou knowest aught concerning Mabon the son of Modron ? ' And the salmon answered :
' As much as I know I will tell thee. With every tide I go up the river, till I reach the walls of Gloucester, and there have I found such wrong as I never found elsewhere. And that you may see that what I say is true let two of you go thither on my shoulders.' So Kai and Gwrhyr went upon the shoulders of the salmon, and were carried under the walls of the prison, from which proceeded the sound of great weeping.
' Who is it that thus laments in this house of stone ? '
' It is I, Mabon the son of Modron.'
' Will silver or gold bring thy freedom, or only battle and fighting ? ' asked Gwrhyr again.
' By fighting alone shall I be set free,' said Mabon.
Then they sent a messenger to Arthur to tell him that Mabon was found, and he brought all his warriors to the , castle of Gloucester and fell fiercely upon it; while Kai and Bedwyr went on the shoulders of the salmon to the gate of the dungeon, and broke it down and carried away Mabon. And he now being free returned home with Arthur.
After this, on a certain day, as Gwythyr was walking across a mountain he heard a grievous cry, and he