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Adar Llwch Gwin

“Birds of the Wine Lake,” “Birds of Dust and Wine”

These avian giants, three in number, were bestowed upon Drudwas ab Tryffin by his fairy wife, a gift steeped in otherwordly enchantment. With wings that spanned the heavens and talons as sharp as the cutting edge of destiny itself, these magnificent creatures were bound to their master’s will, obedient to his every command, whether noble or nefarious.

It was in a moment of fateful ambition that Drudwas called upon his feathered companions to execute a dark deed. Challenging the mighty King Arthur to single combat, he sought to claim victory by any means necessary. Yet, in a twist of fate, his sister – entwined in a web of love and loyalty – intervened, delaying Arthur’s arrival at the appointed field of battle.

Unbeknownst to Drudwas, his delay proved to be his downfall. Arriving first at the scene of the impending confrontation, he was met not with the adulation of victory, but with the merciless onslaught of his own faithful companions. The Birds of the Wine Lake, blinded by their loyalty and allegiance to their master, failed to recognize Drudwas and descended upon him with a fury born of misunderstanding, tearing him asunder in a whirlwind of feathers and blood.

In the verses of later medieval Welsh poetry, the name Adar Llwch Gwin became synonymous with all manner of raptors – hawks, falcons, and eagles – as well as with those brave souls who dared to soar to great heights, embodying the spirit of courage and determination in the face of adversity.

See also
Griffins | The Legend of King Arthur

Red Book of Hergest | C. 1425
Text of the Mabinogion and Other Welsh Tales | John Rhys, 1887