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Welsh title for a short, obscure poem of great antiquity preserved in the Book of Taliesin (13th cent.), known in English as The Battle of the Trees or The Army of. Check out Cad Goddeu (The Battle of the Trees) by Cernunnos Woods on Amazon Music. Stream ad-free or purchase CD’s and MP3s now on . Nest is a project of fellow pianists and record label operators Otto Totland (Deaf Center / Type Records) and Huw Roberts (Serein).

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Some short lines long usually five syllables and a restand falling into several sections, the poem begins with an extended claim of first-hand knowledge of all things, in a fashion found later in the poem and also in several others attributed to Taliesin.

The Battle of the Trees

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Sign in via your Institution. Let us cut short heavy days, A female restrained the din. Alder, front of the line, formed the vanguard Willow and Rowan were late to the fray. The birch, though very noble, Armed himself but late: The blood of men up to our thighs, The greatest of importunate mental exertions Sported in the world.

Robert Graves took up a speculation that had been considered and rejected by Nash; that the trees that godxeu in the battle correspond to the Ogham alphabet, in which each character is associated with a particular tree. I travelled in the earth, Before I was a proficient in learning. Long white my fingers, It is long since I have been a herdsman.


It includes a total of nineteen Ogham trees, excluding: Gwern blaen llin, A want gysseuin Helyc a cherdin Buant hwyr yr vydin. The Battle of the Trees is a medieval Welsh poem preserved goddu the 14th-century manuscript known as the Book of Taliesin.

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Escape by Sidereal Fortress. I have been compliant in the banquet. Hazel-trees, it was judged, That ample was thy mental exertion The privet, happy his lot, The bull of battle, the lord of the world Morawg and Morydd 7 Were made prosperous in pines. Thomas Stephens held the poem to concern “a Helio-Arkite superstition, the metempsychosis of a Chief Druid, and a symbolical account of the Deluge”. When he was half-burnt, I was enchanted by the sage Of sages, in the primitive world.

Cad Goddeu

The laburnuin held in mind, That your wild nature was foreign. The swift pursuing reed, The broom with his brood, And the furze but ill-behaved Until he is subdued.

Meditation im Wald Very wrathful was the vine Whose henchmen are the elms; I exalt him mightily To rulers of the realms. There are contemporary passing allusions to the Battle of Trees elsewhere in the mediaeval Welsh collections: To the song of praise I am inclined, which the tongue recites. The Drawing of the Dark.

Forest Meditation by Cad Goddeu. Each tree had a meaning and significance of its own, and Gwydion guessed Bran’s name by the alder branch Bran carried, the alder being one of Bran’s prime symbols. He suggested that Arawn and Bran were names for the same underworld god and that the battle was probably not physical but rather a struggle of wits and scholarship: Strong chieftains were the Blackthorn with his ill fruit, The unbeloved whitethorn Who wears the same suit.


The common people were charmed, During time proceeding of the men. A very wrathful wood, The chestnut is bashful, The opponent of happiness, The jet has become black, The mountain has become crooked, The woods have become a kiln, Existing formerly in the great seas Since was heard the shout: Print Save Email Share.

Tim Powers has the protagonist of his book The Drawing of the DarkBrian Duffy, utter a few verses of the Cad Goddeu to evoke ancient beings to fight with him.

Cad Goddeu – oi

This song, a variation on Erik Satie ‘s Gnossienne No 1[5] uses references to Cad Goddeu to reflect on the power of language as a battle-ready weapon.

Not of mother and father, When I was made, Did my Creator create me. The willows and quicken trees Came late to the army.

Retreating from happiness They would fain be set In form of the chief letters of the alphabet. Five battalions of arms Will be caught by my knife. A valiant door-keeper against an enenly, his name is considered.

User Account Sign in. Francesco Bennozo argues that the poem represents ancient fears of the forest and its magical powers.