The Legend of Gwion


In the Mabinogi, Cerridwen brews up a potion in her magical cauldron to give to her son Afagddu (Morfran) to make him clever and handsome.

She puts young Gwion in charge of guarding the cauldron

but three drops of the brew fall upon his finger,

blessing him with the knowledge of the Welsh Gods. He is not supposed to have this knowledge. 

Ceridwen pursues Gwion through a cycle of seasons until,

in the form of a hen, she swallows Gwion,

disguised as an ear of corn. Nine months later, she gives birth to 

Taliesen, the greatest of all the Welsh poets