Dinas Bran: Castle Corbenic?
major claim to be Castle Corbenic, the Grail
Castle, is held by Castell Dinas Bran above
Llangollen in North Wales.
present castle is certainly medieval, it stands
on the site of an ancient Iron-Age hill-fort,
believed to have been the home of the Kings of
Powys, well into the 8th century. It is
particularly associated with King Elisedd of
Eliseg's Pillar fame. The castle is, however,
named for King Bran Fendigaid (the Blessed), a
Celtic God known from both Welsh and Irish
mythology who was later mortalized into a monarch
of North Wales.
The name of the
Castle of Corbenic appears to stem from Corbin-Vicus.
The ending is almost certainly derived from the
Latin for "Settlement," while Corben
is a French translation of the word Crow or
Raven: Bran in Welsh. Castell Dinas Bran is, in
fact, sometimes known as "Crow Castle".
In Welsh myth, Bran Fendigaid, like King Arthur's
knights, went on a long journey to recover a
magical vessel of plenty: a Celtic Cauldron of
Rebirth. Like the Grail-King, he was wounded by a
spear and the land perished until he was healed.
It would appear that Bran was the first of the
Grail-Kings of Arthurian legend, named Brons. He
was the son-in-law of St. Joseph of Arimathea.
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