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« Reply #3: May 26, 2007, 05:10:03 am »

I found 3 references to Myrrdin in a quick scan of my library.  And I'm somewhat confused by them, since I'm not familiar with Myrrdin.  Here's what I've got:

Charles Squire, in Celtic Myth and Legend, refers to Myrrdin as "the Zeus of Arthur's cycle" and credits his wife, Elen with founding the town of Carmarthen (Caer Myrddin).  Squire also refers briefly to a 6th century bard named Myrddin.

Miles Dillon and Nora Chardwick, in The Celtic Realms, have a fair amount of detail about the 6th century bard, Myrddin, who was apparently a prophet.

RJ Stewart, in Celtic Gods and Celtic Goddessess, also includes quite a bit of info on Merlin and the prophecies of Merlin, whom he equates with Myrddin.

Sorry, that's all I could find.

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Triad 87 of Trioedd Yns Prydein -

Three skilled Bards of Arthurs Court: Myrddin Son of Morfen, Myrddin Emrys and Taliesin.

This would seem to infer that there are infact several Myrddin; and it might be worth exploring the possibility that the term "Myrddin" was actually a title or description given to multiple people. It is certainly an area that has been sitting on my "To Do" list for a while.

The triad can also be interpreted as the same person with different epithets. This is an area that I have been recently exploring and have written about, which I don't mind sharing a snippet of, but remember this is my own personal gnosis and your mileage may vary.

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If we assume that each Myrddin is in fact the same person with different names, then the one that is perhaps of greatest interest is the first, which gives him a parentage, Morfen.

Afagddu which has several possible meanings, it can be translated as "Utter Darkness" and also "Great Raven", depending upon which of the welsh books you read, he either has two epithets or a brother, Morfan, meaning "Big Crow". My gut feeling is that these are one and the same.  He/They are the son of Tegid Foel (this has been translated as Tacitus the bald), who appears to have some titanic lineage. Cronos for example ihas been described as the bald headed man. Interesting then that folklore till exists today around Llyn Tegid (lake Bala) regarding a "monster" who according to sightings is a serpent with 4 legs. A real welsh dragon perhaps, or maybe even Tegid Foel himself, a hippocamp perhaps, half horse half serpent or a Wyvern even?

As Lake Bala is in Gwynedd, what we have here is undoubtedly a representation of the house of Don, and Ceridwen with the bird symbology of her offspring which is one of the sacred birds of the "Rigan" or great queen, call her what you will, Epona, Rhinanon, Rigantonia. The "Mhor Rigan".  Seems to infer a lineage from Llyr, so we have here titanic guardians at the gate, the marriage of the house of Llyr and Don.

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If and Myrddin is the son of Morfan, then this "could" infer that he is the offspring of deity, if not a god himself. Folk lore around the world is abound with the sons of gods, who appear to be almost immortal and blessed with powers of wisdom, prophecy, unrivalled warrior skills (One of earliest possible references to Myrddin was Y Gododdin names him as a warrior).
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