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Bendigeidfran's head was one of the Three Fortunate concealments; what are the other two?

The dragons trapped by Lludd. In The Adventure of Lludd and Llefelys, there are three plagues which fall upon Britain. The second is a horrible screech that renders the inhabitants scared. King Lludd,...
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Why was Bendigeidfran's head buried facing France and not Ireland?

The head was placed facing France to protect Britain from Saxon invasion. Ireland, was no longer a concern (emphasis mine): 'Shame on my beard,' said he 'if I don't open the door and find out whether ...
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Does Roman folklore feature an account of The Dream of Macsen Wledig?

Does this story appear in Roman folklore? No. Firstly, we should verify that the Magnus Maximus in the story is, in fact, the same Magnus Maximus as we see in recorded history. This excerpt is from ...
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What were the original names of Mochdref, Mochtref, Mochnant and Mochtref?

Onomastic tales like this one are common in literature and histories, be it the Middle Ages or Ancient Greece (there are several others in The Mabinogion, as well). Such place-name explanations can ...
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Why did the Lli and Archen rivers flood, separating Ireland and Britain?

It is interesting to note that these rivers, as well as other sunken places, are mentioned in Patrick Sims-Williams's Irish Influence on Medieval Welsh Literature, p192ff. (Findable at Google Books.) ...
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