Discussion of Bryn Myrddin's Arthurian Connections
David Nash Ford
B R Y N
M Y R D D I N
entombed in Carmarthenshire
Myrddin or "Merlin's Hill" stands alongside
the A40, two and half miles up the Tywi Valley from
Carmarthen in South Wales.
This is one of the
supposed scenes of the imprisonment of King
Arthur's great advisor, Merlin
the Magician, by his lover, the Lady
of the Lake. Having taught the lady everything
he knew about the mystic arts, poor Merlin had served
his purpose and wicked water-nymph turned on him. She
used her new-found powers to magically enclose him in
a cave beneath the hillside. He lives there still, and
if you can find the place where the cave-wall is
thinnest, you will hear his subterranean groans.
Adjoining the hill is
Merlin's Wood and, across the road, is Cerrig Fyrddin
or "Merlin's Stone". This was said to mark
where Merlin had hidden his vast store of treasure.
Hence there have been many treasure hunters. The stone
once fell on one and crushed him to death. Thus
fulfilling an old prophesy that a raven would drink a
man's blood off the Merlin's Stone.
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