Taliesin

Welsh - A 6th C. Poet, author of The Book of Taliesin. Occasionally identified as Taliesin, Gwion, Gwion, Gwion Bach, Irish Finn mac Cool, Shining Brow, Shining Brow, Taliesin, Taliessin, Taliessin, Taliesin or Taliesin.
Welsh - A bard and wizard. Father of Addaon. Ceridwen, a witch, boiled a magic brew to yield just three drops of a liquid which would give all knowledge to whoever drank it, intending it for her ugly son, Avagddu. The boy Gwion whom she employed to stir the brew inadvertently swallowed the drops when they splashed on to his hand and he licked them off, so acquiring the supernatural knowledge. Ceridwen chased after him when he ran off and, after several shapechanges, eventually caught him, she in the shape of a hen, he as a grain of wheat. She swallowed the wheat-grain and found herself pregnant with Gwion who, when born again, was thrown into the sea in a sack. He was caught in a fish-trap (or, some say, found inside a leather wallet at the weir) and rescued by Elphin who reared him, calling him Taliesin. Another version makes him the son of Eimon and Olwen while others maintain that he was created by the magician Gwydion. When Elphin was thrown into prison by his uncle Maelgwn, for boasting that his bard, Taliesin, was the best in the country, Taliesin obtained his release by winning a bardic contest. He was one of the seven survivors of the battle between Bran and Matholwch. Some writers have suggested that he was reincarnated as Merlin. Occasionally referred to as Taliesin, Gwion, Gwion, Gwion Bach, Irish Finn mac Cool, Shining Brow, Shining Brow, Taliesin, Taliessin, Taliessin, Taliesin or Taliesin.
Welsh - The story of the bard in one version of The Mabinogion. In some accounts, identified as Taliesin, Gwion, Gwion, Gwion Bach, Irish Finn mac Cool, Shining Brow, Shining Brow, Taliesin, Taliessin, Taliessin, Taliesin or Taliesin.

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