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natural antagonist, irish warrior, branwen, half brother


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(unpeaceful). Welsh

Maternal half-brother to Bendigeidfran (Bran) and full brother to Nisien. Quarrelsome and a natural antagonist, he is said to be able to cause strife between two brothers when they were most loving. He it is that is responsible for the heinous insult to the Irish leading to Branwen's punishment; he it is that slays her son Gwern at the feast of reconciliation. When the Irish begin using the Cauldron of Regeneration to overwhelm Bran's forces, he feels remorse and, pretending to be a slain Irish warrior, is cast alive into the Cauldron, breaking it and killing himself.

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follow the footsteps - Cadw - Welsh Government
had a half-brother, the cruel Efnisien. The story begins one day when Bendigeidfran and Manawydan were sitting in Harlech, north Wales, looking out to sea.
1. Branwen ferch Llŷr: Priodas yn dinistrio yn lle uno [pdf - Cadw
hanner brawd, Efnisien greulon. Mae'r stori'n dechrau wrth i Bendigeidfran a Manawydan eistedd un diwrnod ar graig Harlech, gogledd Cymru, yn edrych allan ...
Gwyr y Gogledd? Some Icelandic Analogues to Branwen Ferch Lyr
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Gwern in the Fire - Caer Australis
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CSANA/CCC 2015 Program - Celtic Studies Program, UC Berkeley
Kathryn Klar (Berkeley): Nisien and Efnisien: A suggested etymology of the names. Joshua Smith (U-Arkansas) and Lindy Brady (U-Mississippi): Buchedd Einion ...

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