Sep 07 2014

Saltire Annihilation Part 1 – Scotland’s Superhero returns in a tale of Dark Age horror!

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Saltire: Annihilation Pt. 1

Saltire: Annihilation Pt. 1

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We met the Big, Blue,Red-Headed Immortal Guardian of Scotland, Saltire – the first real Scottish Superhero in the style of the classic Marvel and DC greats, in his first outing Saltire: Invasion. His second adventure starts in the follow-on Graphic Novel – Saltire: Annihilation Pt.1!With John Ferguson still penning the adventure and a new artist, Claire Roe, at the helm this Graphic Novel plunges us into the Dark Ages and a time of conflict between the Saxons and Clans of the North. Into this maelstrom of political turmoil, an ancient evil awakens and begins to prey upon the Clans. Once more the Clans and their Guardians call upon Saltire, our Immortal Hero, to awaken and come to their rescue. The action is fast and furious as a bloody swathe is cut across the Highlands and Valleys of Saltire’s land!

A Proud Heritage Reborn!

The bookwas launched on September 6th at theMCM Expo and will be inWaterstones/Forbidden Planet and comic book shops across the UK and on Amazon USA and UK. Author John Ferguson says:

After the success and critical acclaim of the first book in the series, Saltire Invasion, it was important to expand our horizons, enrich the characters, and delve deeper into the country’s past. A proud heritage is now reborn as the ancient tales of Scotland are envisioned within the modern comic book genre for the first time.

Once again this project brings together the country’s best emerging artistic talent to create the dynamic and visually breathtaking first volume of an epic two part sequel.

With award nominations and main stream media attention, Saltire is fast becoming a new iconic figure in comics and in Scotland. In an era when a nation awakens, our immortal guardian returns.

Saltire! Out from Sept. 6th!

Saltire! Out Sept. 6th!

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What evil grows in Scotland’s Darkest Hour?

The Clan Guardians are attacked!

The Clan Guardians are attacked!

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The Dark Age, a desolate time.
A power grows to the south. A power bent on destruction…on annihilation.
Not human…not spirit or shadow. Unleashed, she will bring despair.
To protect the innocent, the guardians will stand once more…
As chaos reigns before a vengeful enemy he shall rise once more…the Immortal Guardian of a Nation.

Spreading a terrible curse and affliction amongst the clans, the evil Ban Sith makes her way north from the Saxon strongholds deep into Clan territory, leaving a trail of blood and pain behind her. Each of the Clans has a Guardian – a Champion if you will – and they try to gather their people together and lead them to safety under the guidance of the Shamans and the Fae to a Secret and Safe Place.

The Mythic Superhero walks amongst us

Each panel is drawn with a vibrant and dramatic flair that matches the fast pace of the driving story, leading us inevitably to the summoning of our Hero once more from his rest to defend the Clans! With more action than most comics can wave a pointy stick at, you can expect drama, tragedy and some poignant scenes in this second excursion into the unique Scottish mythology that Ferguson is creating with Saltire. Our iconic hero, and all of his friends, have the potentiality to bring us a great depth of characterisation and a rich stock of lore in the future. There is so much material here already, in just these two issues, that the amount of stories that can be told, the questions that can be asked, can provide us with tales for many more episodes. We can expect that the sagas of Scottish Superhero lore laid down by John Ferguson and Diamondsteel Comics will set a high standard in a new hybrid genre. The Realm of the Mythic Superhero is with us – Celtic Mythology steps into the modern world of Superheroes.
A hard-won peace?

A hard-won peace?

Pic: Diamondsteel Comics

Saltire – Annihilation Pt.1. Full Colour Graphic Novel by John Ferguson. Art by Claire Roe, Coloured by Lauren Knight. Cover by Jim Devlin. Published by Diamondsteel Comics Ltd.

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Aug 26 2014

Living as an Ancient Celt in an online world

Mabinogi Do you fancy playing an online game as an ancient celt in the worldof the Mabinogion? Nexus are developing a computer game called ”Mabinogi” in which you can play online with thousands of other people also trying to survive and better themselves. These types of games are known as MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game), the most famous probably being World of Warcraft. The English closed beta of this game has been started and so we can only wait to start hearing the news of its success or failure. It is an anime style game, with a version scheduled for release on the XBox.

I”m not a computer gamer, but my son informs me that this is a very exciting release and enables its players to accomplish some ”pretty neat” things – such as aging. I notice that players can create their own music and their online personas can play it – virtual bards, I guess.

In-game characters age over the course of weeks, and can engage in numerous activities besides the hack and slash of gameplay. Alternate games include actual music composition, cooking, farming, and working with a spouse to maintain a household.

says www.massively.com. A slightly worrying aspect to the imminent launch of this game is that it already appears to have been hacked – see here.

I would appreciate if any of our members who do have experience of this type of modernmedia as well as being fans of Celtic Myth would comment in the Modern Survivals section of our forums.

To me, it is good to see Celtic Myth still being re-told but how far away fro the core can we take the symbols and stories without losing its unique identity? I don”t know.

Originally posted 2008-01-30 20:53:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Aug 26 2014

Merlin was born and bred in Glasgow, Scotland

Merlin The BBC reports that the legendary wizard Merlin has been added to a list of famous Glaswegians, it has emerged. The council included the wizard, who featured in Arthurian legend, on a list of well-known figures from the city. A council spokeswoman admitted that like most mythical figures, it was difficult to trace Merlin’s origins. But she said the wizard had been added to its website list after an amateur historian suggested Merlin had lived in the Partick area of the city.

He joins Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh and comedian Billy Connolly on the list of famous characters, both real and fictional.

‘Glorious history’

Merlin has his very own category on the list – filed under wizard.

The council spokeswoman said:

Recently an amateur historian has pointed to the fact that the legendary Merlin lived a ‘comfortable life’, with his wife Gwendolyn, in Partick, not Camelot and I’m sure most Glaswegians think that’s just magic.

Tradition has it that King Arthur’s magician was either English or Welsh.

But in the book Finding Merlin: The Truth Behind the Legend, author Adam Ardrey claimed he actually hailed from Scotland. [Amazon]

Mr Ardrey, who spent six years researching the subject, told a newspaper he believed the wizard had lived in Partick “where the River Kelvin meets the Clyde”.

He told the paper:

I am thrilled that Glasgow has recognised Merlin as a Glaswegian and that almost 1,400 years after his death he can take an official place in Glasgow’s glorious history.

Read the original article at the BBC site.

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Aug 26 2014

Episode 39 Prophecy of the Druid is now available for you!

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Celtic Myth Podshow LogoPic: Celtic Myth Podshow The latest episode in the First Branch of the Mabinogi – Prophecy of the Druid – is now out and available for you to download or listen to. This is Episode 10 of the First Branchi: Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed. Pwyll and Rhiannon are finally married and enjoying the feasting in the Halls of the Otherworld. It is not too long before Pwyll and his Companions get homesick for Dyfed, the land of their Birth. Pwyll and Rhiannon decide to head back to Dyfed where they are faced with an unexpected prophecy!

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Aug 11 2014

Archaeologist Tells Of Neolithic Discoveries

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The Morpeth Herald Tells us:NEW Thoughts on Ancient Northumberland was the title of Paul Frodsham’s lecture at Morpeth Antiquarian Society. Mr Frodsham was the Northumberland National Park archaeologist for 15 years until 2007.

His talk concentrated on a small but incredibly rich area of the Breamish valley on and around Ingram Farm, where amazing archaeology has survived years of agricultural work. Twelve years of research from 1994 revealed evidence of occupation from the Neolithic to the present-day.

The work was done by more than 400 diggers, including staff and students from Durham University, amateurs and professionals from the Northumberland Archaeological Group, and other experts.
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Aug 11 2014

King Arthur at Parliament No.12 – King Arthur carried in a barge to Avillon attended by Queens


King Arthur in the Barge
Pic: Explore Parliament
As King Arthur lay dying he commanded his knight Sir Bedivere to take his sword Excalibur and throw it into the nearby lake. This is the 12th part in our series of animated/audio stories of King Arthur based on artwork found around the Houses of Parliament, courtesy of a wonderful Virtual Tour found at explore-parliament.net. We highly recommend you go to the Explore Parliament site to watch/hear the presentation about this artwork.

As King Arthur lay dying he commanded his knight Sir Bedivere to take his sword Excalibur and throw it into the nearby lake. As he did so, an arm rose up out of the water and caught the sword, then vanished back under the water once more. King Arthur then commanded Sir Bedivere to take him down to the lakeside

And when they were at the waterside, even fast by the bank hoved a little barge, with many fair ladies in it… Now put me into the barge, said the king: and so he did softly. And there received him three queens with great mourning, and so they set him down, and in one of their laps king Arthur laid his head.
Malory.

And then the barge carrying the ladies and King Arthur sailed off into the mist, never to be seen again. The next day a hermit told Sir Bedivere that a number of ladies had brought a dead body to him, and asked him to bury it for them. The body was said to have been that of King Arthur.

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Aug 11 2014

Hollow Hills and Goddess Chants

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Damh, Kellianna & us

Damh the Bard, Kellianna & us

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On Wednesday last, we had the great honour of meeting American Pagan Spirit Singer, the lovely Kellianna. She has allowed us to play her music on the show almost since it started, so we were very excited to meet her. She had been at the Goddess Conference in Glastonbury, so when we picked her up from the train station in Eastbourne, she had had a gruelling day travelling across country. You’d think it would be a straight-forward journey along the South of England to get from Glastonbury to Eastbourne but, oh no – you have to travel up to London first, change trains at Paddington, travel across London via Tube (the subway) to got to London Victoria and then come down to us.

Unless you’re very used to train travel in the UK, this is a nightmare and even more so when you live in a very remote part of the States with no access to trains! It was obvious that the poor lady was exhausted and desperate for a Coffee!

Coffee, Soup and lots of chat!

So after stowing her belongings in the car we drove through the lovely Sussex downland to find some refreshment and a good view. Once revived with coffee and soup, Kellianna spoke to us about her life as a pagan singer in the USA. It was good to hear that like here most of the musicians all know each other, and often tour together and play at the same Renaissance Faires, camps and gatherings, and mostly everyone one supports each other like a huge extended family. We were interested to hear that the Celtic inspiration for Kellianna’s music comes from her heritage, though her Celtic, Native American and Norse roots all mingle together to bring out a completely unique style in her music.
Beachy Head, looking over Eastbourne

Beachy Head, looking over Eastbourne

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Serious Food, Great Company and Jenga Stonehenge

The Giant's Rest

The Giant’s Rest

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So after a quick photo session at Beachy head and Birling Gap, we drove on to the beautiful country pub, the Giant’s Rest in Wilmington village (which has awards for being the most Druid-Friendly Pub in Sussex!) at the feet of the famous hill-figure known as the Long Man of Wilmington. There we met up with Damh the Bard, and Cerri Lee for a jovial evening full of laughter, good food and and even better company! Kellianna even managed to build a superb representation of Stonehenge with Jenga blocks while Damh provided the light of the rising sun shining onto the Heel Stone using a tea-light candle coming over the table-top!

In fact it was such a good evening that gradually the pub staff had politely closed the pub around us by time we left. With many hugs and blessings, Kellianna went off to stay with Damh and Cerri, and we promised to meet up with them all the following night to see Damh and Kellianna’s magical gig.

Enchantment and Magic at the Lamb in Eastbourne

The following evening we gathered at the ancient Lamb Pub in Eastbourne, along with many friends new and old.  Damh opened the evening with the beautiful song January Man, leading on to Land, Sea and Sky. Regaling us with tales and his infectious love of life, Damh engaged the audience with his musical magic and had everyone joining in and singing along for the first hour of the evening. He even treated us to a sneak preview of an enchanting song that will be on his new studio album due to be released later this year. After a break for refreshments Damh introduced Kellianna. It’s almost impossible to describe how Kellianna manages to build up the energy in a room and connect the audience with something deep, ancestral and primal but she did with humour and pure passion.
Damh the Bard capturing our hearts

Damh the Bard capturing our hearts

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Songs from the Ancient Ones, Rhythms of the Earth

Damh the Bard and Kellianna

Damh the Bard and Kellianna

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 Kellianna’s pure energy and amazing, heart-pounding drum chants soon started to infect us, and before long we were toe-tapping and singing along with her. She sung a beautiful Grandmother chant about healing the earth which affected many of us deeply, as well as wowing us with old favourites, such as Persephone and Freya – telling us the stories of these ancient goddesses. Her song Warrior Queen is a beautifully evocative song of the life and death of a Norse Tribal Queen, and Kellianna told us that she is writing three Novels to tell the complete story of life of this warrior queen.  She told us about standing in the stones of Stonehenge in 2004 and feeling that it was a turning point in her life, discovering a new path laid out for her by the Mother.

From then she went on to release her first album Lady Moon. She chanted and drummed to her powerful chant Stonehenge which was so moving and emotive, it must have affected everyone in the room.

Throughout her set she also asked for requests and responded to the audience calling out for different songs by producing amazing and often new arrangements of her famous chants at the drop of a hat! At one point, the amazing chantress had the whole room whooping, singing and hollering to her upbeat song Aphrodite and Pan. Towards the end of her set, Kellianna invited Damh to come up and sing with her and they gave us an amazing version of John Barleycorn with complex, inter-woven harmonies – absolutely superb! With calls for “More” and “Encore” still ringing in our ears, Kellianna finished with what must now surely be her signature Chant, I Walk With The Goddess.
Damh and Kellianna duet

Damh and Kellianna duet

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How many of us have sung along so many times to this wonderful song? I know we have!  It was a brilliant set, and was wonderful for us to finally meet and see Kellianna play live at last! It was a magical couple of evenings with some fantastic people that we will remember for a long time to come – thank you so much folks! :)

You can find Kellianna’s website at kellianna.com and Damh’s website at paganmusic.co.uk or check out their Contributor Pages on this site (Kellianna and Damh).

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Aug 05 2014

BBC Alba launch strengthens Celtic language broadcasting

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There has been an important development in terms of Celtic language television broadcasting with the launch of the new Gaelic TV station BBC Alba.

The new channel is initially available on Sky satellite TV channel 168 and also on Freesat. The station will also become available on the digital terrestrial service Freeview. However the Freeview launch will not take place until 2010 at the earliest which is disappointing. Continue Reading »

Originally posted 2008-10-08 09:20:20. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Aug 05 2014

The Mermaid Queen – Machinema, Lisa Thiel and Celtic Mythology

This is an absolutely beautiful piece of animated art by one of our friends, called Celestial Elf.  It is an art form called Machinema where an animated film is made by using the construction engine of a computer game – usually one of the MMORPGs (Massive Multi-player Online Role-Playing Games). He has matched it beautifully with the wonderful song by Lisa Thiel’s Song of the Mermaid Queen. This is what he says:

The Mermaid Queen

The Celtic legends of Mermaids may have their origins in the part-man part-fish Sea-God Oannes who was worshiped by the Babylonians around 5000BCE, who was also the Sun-God, rising out of the sea each day and disappearing back under the waves each night. He was a civilizing force for the good, bringing light and life to his people, representing the positive values connected with the sea. Oannes’ Goddess counterpoint was Atargatis, a Semetic moon Goddess who became the first official Mermaid and represents nature herself..

The Mermaid is the most persistent and pervasive symbol of the old Goddess energy that represents women, particularly their mysterious, life-generating element. However, battling the Ancient ways in an effort to establish itself, the early Christian church promoted the ideas that mermaids were dangerous temptresses and had no souls, but embodied the lure of fleshy pleasures to be shunned by the God-fearing. The anti feminine propaganda was also carried out against many harmless old women who were put to death as witches by burning or hanging for practicing traditional herb-lore. Similarly the Goddess-Mermaid was stripped of all her spiritual qualities and relegated to be an evil Siren of the seas. Such views have endured in the many sailors stories that simultaneously tell of one family of mermaids, the Nereids, who were protective of sailors, whilst another, the dangerous Sirens, lured men to their doom.

Myths from the Isle of the Druids

In contrast with such negative portrayals, the earlier myths and legends such as those of the Isle of Iona, off the west coast of Scotland, present many tales in which Mermaids and Druids abound in happy community. Known as the Isle of Druids and once called Innis nan Druidhneach, Iona is known to be a ‘thin place’ where the veil between worlds can be traversed, a place where the sense of the sacred seems more pronounced than in more mundane parts of the world.
Iona was also a seat of learning long before the first Christians first came to these lands. There are tales that a new Divinity will take human form on the Isle of Iona, this time in the body of a woman, an amalgam of the Divine Sophia and the Goddess called by many names including Brith, Brid and Mary of the Gael. It is said that when She arrives, the world will know peace. Today the remains of over 350 standing stones are still to be found on Iona….

The Selkie

In this film we also see the Selkie, who according to Celtic folklore is mythological shapeshifting sea fairie, usually living in the form of a bright-eyed seal and found in Northern Scotland and the Shetland Islands. In earlier times Selkies often came to land in a human form, where they would dance, especially on the night of the full moon.
In taking human form the Selkies would shed their Seal-skins, and hide them in a safe place. There are many tales from the clans of leaders taking Selkie wives by stealing their skins, because Selkies are said to make good wives, although they always longed for the sea, and would return to their Seal form as soon as they gained repossession of their skins.
Fortunately for us, our Selkie was not pursued by anybody, but runs free to this day, as far as we know.

Following Lisa Thiel’s lead in her beautiful song, in this film we celebrate the life giving goodness of the Goddess of the Seas, the Mermaid Queen restored. For the sake of narrative unity, I have named our Scottish man Morcant-Taisch, composed of two ancient Celtic names, MorCant meaning Sea Circle, or Circle of the Sea, and Taisch being the Celtic name given to those with the Second Sight. Morcant-Taisch then has been blessed with the Second Sight and sees the Queen of the Mermaids visiting her ancient kingdom of Innis nan Druidhneach, The Isle of Iona.

The Credits

Grateful thanks for Lisa Thiel’s permission to use the Song of the Mermaid Queen (C) 1990 Lisa Thiel,
To Alicia Bonnet as the voice of the Mermaid Queen,
And David J. Macvitie for Kaan Pipes Intro instrumental, from Circle of the Seasons (c) 2005 Lisa Thiel
via Sacred Dream .com ( http://www.sacreddream.com/ )
In addition Gaelic pipes and nature sounds c/o freesound.org.

Additional Thanks:
To Laufey Markstein of Trident Creations for providing the Menhir.

As The mermaid Quenn, Starheart Erdhein
As Morcant-Taisch FreeSky Republic,
As the Selkie, Celestial Elf,
Filmed on location at The Scottish Castle, Sandvik, courtesy of Conjunctio Magic,
And The Asylum Island coral reef park, courtesy of samothyerac Savira.

Seal avatar co Conjoh Kohime,
Morcant-Taisch outfit co Trasgo Beaumont of Le Grenier Du Chateau,
Runic Magic Circle co Julianus Nightfire
Runic chat symbols co Harvey Swenson
Mermaid Rock co oborotuki Obolensky.

Filmed on SecondLife via Snowglobe 1.4.2.
Made using Frapps, Serif MoviePlus X3 on Windows XP.
Conceived, Directed and Produced by Celestial Elf 2011.

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Aug 05 2014

Which books should we take on a family holiday in Wales?

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Tales from the Mabinogion

Tales from the Mabinogion

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Are there any traditional Welsh stories or modern adventure stories set in the Welsh countryside that might give kids an introduction to the country? Wales is rich in mythology, not least as one of the possible places where King Arthur held court. The most famous book of folk stories in Wales is The Mabinogion, a collection of prose stories which was collated from medieval manuscripts but also draws on oral stories from earlier times including the Iron Age and from early Celtic mythology. It was first translated into English in the 19th century and individually and collectively the stories have been retold in countless versions for children.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “Which books should we take on a family holiday in Wales?” was written by Julia Eccleshare, for theguardian.com on Tuesday 6th August 2013 14.25 UTC

We are taking our children who are six, eight and 10 to Wales for the first time this summer holiday. Are there any traditional Welsh stories or modern adventure stories set in the Welsh countryside that might give them an introduction to the country?

Wales is rich in mythology, not least as one of the possible places where King Arthur held court. The most famous book of folk stories in Wales is The Mabinogion, a collection of prose stories which was collated from medieval manuscripts but also draws on oral stories from earlier times including the Iron Age and from early Celtic mythology. It was first translated into English in the 19th century and individually and collectively the stories have been retold in countless versions for children.

Gwyn Thomas and Kevin Crossley-Holland’s Tales from the Mabinogion, with illustrations by Margaret Jones, is an excellent introduction to the stories.

The Arthurian legends as well as stories seeped in the secret magic of the hidden valleys and crags give a strong sense of place as well as history in Gwyn Jones’s Stories from Wales in the Oxford Children’s Myths and Legends series.

Meinir Wyn Edwards’s Welsh Folk Stories, illustrated by Morgan Tomos is a collection of five folk stories which tell of love and loss, giants and an emperor searching for the perfect Welsh bride.

Unsurprisingly, given its atmospheric scenery, independent history and powerful mythology,there are a great many outstanding fictional adventure stories set in Wales. For children aged sevens and upwards, Jenny Nimmo’s The Snow Spider trilogy and Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising sequence both effortless cross between real and magical worlds enabling even sceptics to believe the powerful magic behind them.

Jenny Sullivan, The Magic Apostrophe

In her Gwydion titles, a sequence which begins with The Magic Apostrophe, Jenny Sullivan creates an upbeat fantasy adventure full of magic and peopled with some of the major characters from Welsh mythology including Gwydion and Taliesin.

There is slippage between two worlds in Alan Garner’s The Owl Service, which darkly blends the story of three teenagers together in a Welsh valley one summer who find their own interactions are influenced by the passion – and violence – from the Celtic story of Bloddeuwedd from The Mabinogion.

For older readers, Lloyd Alexander, the American author of the highly regarded fantasy sequence The Chronicles of Prydain, draws on characters and ideas from The Mabinogion in the creation of his own powerful mythology.

Wales is brought to life in all of these stories and the many others about specific Welsh places including the evocative ruins of Harlech Castle and Cricceth Castle, fortresses for the Welsh in their battles against the English; the many narrow gauge railways encapsulated in books such as Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin’s Ivor the Engine and specific towns such as Beddgelert, immortalised in stories about the faithful dog Gelert and the fateful end he met.

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