"Bendigeidfran son of Llŷr was crowned king over this island"

The name Bendigeidfran means ‘Blessed Raven’ (or Crow). He is also sometimes known in English as Brân the Blessed. It has been suggested that the portrayal of Bendigeidfran may be an example of euhemerism, whereby a real historical person with heroic qualities is retrospectively attributed with the qualities of a god. This, of course, is exactly the opposite to the idea put forward in the bookmark for page 11, which discussed the concept of gods/goddesses being downgraded to the role of heroes/heroines.

Bran (Bran mac Feabhail/mac Febail ) is also the name of a mythological Irish hero, and there is some controversy as to whether there is any connection between this Bran and Bendigeidfran.

 

Sculpture of Bendigeidfran and Gwern in Harlech (Ivor Roberts-Jones, 1984)
GNU Free Documentation LicenseSculpture of Bendigeidfran and Gwern in Harlech (Ivor Roberts-Jones, 1984) - Credit: Oosoom