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Aran Fawddwy

Round Cairn


There's some stoney folklore for this area (and shape changing animals of various colours). But you'll have to ask GM if he sat on any big blue stones.
[Saint Tydecho,] upon a quarrel between him and Emyr Llydaw (i.e., Emyr, King of Armorica) he came over to Mowddwy and built a temple (teml) there, and kept a good house; that his bed was the blue rock on the side of the valley, and that he wore a hair coat (pais rawn), and was a confessor.

Maelgwn Gwynedd, in the heat of his youth, sent his horses and dogs to be fed by his prayers. Tydecho turned them loose into the mountain; and when they were fetched, though it had been cold winds and hoar frost, they were found fat and strong, and their white colour changed into a gold colour. Maelgwn Gwynedd, provoked at this, took away Tydecho's oxen; but the next day deer instead of oxen were found in his team aploughing, and a grey wolf drawing the harrow after them.

Maelgwn came with a pack of white dogs to hunt to these rocks, and sat upon Tydecho's blue stone; but when he endeavoured to get up, he found his backside was quite fastened to the stone that he could not stir, and was so obliged to make matters up with the saint. He sent back his oxen, and gave him for atonement the privilege of sanctuary for a hundred ages so that neither man nor beast could be taken from his land; no battles, or burning, or killing to be admitted there.
From Dafydd Llwyd ap Llewelyn ap Gruffydd's account, collected in Lewis Morris's Celtic Remains (1878).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
10th January 2014ce
Edited 10th January 2014ce

Comments (2)

What a great story, I love the bit about the deer and wolf.

Although generally sitting on a blue stone will just give you piles, so is to be avoided regardless of anything else.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
10th January 2014ce
Dunno about a blue stone. But there is Cefn Glas (Blue Ridge) to the immediate west of Aran Fawddwy. And I've climbed Glasgwm to the south-west.... so there are certainly a few local 'blue' references. Incidentally there are quite a number of 'black' references to the east (Cwm Du, Llechwedd Du etc) suggestive of it all being down to the direction of prevailing sunlight. GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
11th January 2014ce
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