Blodeuwedd and Lleu
I really like Welsh mythology, but I have to confess, Welsh names make me a little crazy. My mind turns them to mush and I never know who is who. Having said that, I will lean heavily on labels in this tale.
Who cannot be killed indoors or outdoors, on horseback or on foot, and only by a spear forged when people are attending mass? Lleu Llaw Gyffes, that’s who.
Lleu Llaw Gyffes, whose mother conceived and birthed him while jumping over a magic wand to prove her virginity to King Math so she could be his foot holder, cursed her son for the humiliation in the King’s court. One of the curses stated that he would never have a human wife.
Naturally, when he grew up, King Math and Lleu’s Uncle Gwydion created a wife for him out of flowers and named her Blodeuwedd.
Lleu married his flower wife but all was not well. She had an affair with Gronw Pebr and together they plotted to kill Lleu and assume his power.
The flower wife tricked Lleu into revealing the secret of how he could be killed. After creating the scenario, flower wife led Lleu down to the riverbank and asked him to demonstrate. He obliged his lovely wife, as her lover lay in wait with the correct spear. Lleu placed one foot in the bathtub with a roof over it and the other foot on the back of a goat.
The lover struck, killing Lleu, who turned into an eagle. When Uncle Gwydion heard about it, he found Lleu flying around and restored him back into a man.
Lleu then killed the lover. The Uncle cursed the flower wife, turning her into an owl so she couldn’t face the light of day and other birds would hunt her down and maul her.
Mark your calendars! This Monday, the 22nd, is the official release date for Wish, The Awakening. I’m excited and I hope you’ll come over to help me celebrate the event!