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Blodeuwedd - Oil

Blodeuwedd is the Welsh goddess of spring created from flowers to be the wife of Lleu. She was created by the great magicians Math and Gwydion to be Lleu's mate, in response to a curse pronounced by his mother that he would never have a wife from any race then on the Earth. They fashioned Blodeuwedd from nine types of blossom - oak, meadowsweet, broom, cockle, bean, nettle, chestnut, primrose, and hawthorn - and breathed life into her. She proved treacherous to Lleu, and she and her lover Gronw Pebyr plotted against him, killing the invulnerable Lleu by tricking him into the only pose in which he could be harmed. Blodeuwedd was punished for this by being transformed into a tawny owl - though she still kept her name. Blodeuwedd, meaning 'Flower-face', is the Welsh name for an owl. Pronunciation: blod EYE weth ('th' as in 'weather')

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8 comments so far...


Jane Adams

16 Apr 2012 17:24

A beautiful, intricate painting, Margaret and thank you so much for telling the story - so interesting.


Pete Crowbaby

17 Apr 2012 01:48

enchanting, wonderful like the colors of spring. great story.


Carole Swingler

17 Apr 2012 10:34

Interesting story, beautiful painting.


Sue Petty

18 Apr 2012 11:23

What a lot of work, well done.


Satu Vartiainen

09 Jun 2012 18:01

What a beautiful painting Margaret! The face is very good and all those tiny flowers so well painted. I like the owl and the composition too!


Margaret Ellis

09 Jun 2012 22:32

The legend of Blodeuwedd was used for the book 'The Owl Service' by Alan Garner. It won the Carnegie Medal Award. It's very spooky! 'The Owl Service' was also made into a television series by Granada in the nineteen seventies. You can still get it on DVD from Amazon.


Angus Ballantine

21 Jun 2013 22:25

Great picture - Nasty bit of work though that Blodeuwedd


Margaret Ellis

21 Jun 2013 22:50

You're a bit hard on her, Angus. She was created adult with no chance of learning right from wrong or how to behave - no-one to teach her anything. And then she found she was just the property uf a man she didn't know and didn't care for. She was trapped in a life not of her making.

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