Monday, July 24, 2017

R: THE O'DALAIGH AMONG ERIN'S ANCIENT SCHOLARS


Eight pages, automatic pfd download link.

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Conspicuously recorded throughout ancient Erin's accounts of her men of learning are the O'Dalaigh; and their fame as literary scholars is heralded widely by the ancient historians of the Gael. Depicted as well in these records is the enduring renown of the O'Dalaigh. Indeed, in times past it must have seemed that the O'Dalaigh were destined to go on as literary scholars through the ages; so consistently did they maintain their exalted reputation not for generations merely but centuries. But conditions in Gaelic Ireland, the cradle of the O'Dalaigh litterateurs, were suddenly and devastatingly changed; and the talents of the men of learning of the Gael were finally trampled to destruction by English laws compelling Ireland's scholarly activities to cease, that the defiant spirit of the Gael might be subdued. From times immemorial Ireland had maintained a highly trained class of professional scholars. Originally, her learned classes appear to have been the pagan filidh, or druids, of the pre-Christian era. These druidical scholars claimed to be masters of all learning natural and preternatural. Their educational system appears to have embraced all the known higher branches of knowledge of their ages: astronomy, nature study, theology and other such subjects. Among the druidical filidh seven standardized grades or degrees of learning were awarded for scholarly accomplishment. Each grade designated the extent of the knowledge mastered by the filidh graduates and the awarded titles of learning ranged from that of the ollamh or master scholar down through six lower standards: the anruth, the cli, the cano, the doss, the mac fuirmid and the f ocloc. Concerning the druidical system of education Professor Eoin MacNeill says: "The druidical plan of education seems to have been: 1-Collegiate 2-Unlimited as to the range of subjects 3-Conducted in the method of graduation" ("Celtic Ireland" note, page 26.) Whether the druidical plan of learning was the mother of our modern university system is still a debated question. Regarding such a relationship Professor MacNeill comments:
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http://www.strandnet.com/daly/pdf/dalyhis2.pdf

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

R: Help in Writing Correct Bardic Triads



To check for having preferred seven syllables in each verse.


Simply paste any text into the box below and click Calculate Word Count! Default settings count words, syllables, characters, and averages.

http://www.wordcalc.com/

Why we care:

The most ancient of the Cambrian bards taught in
verse, and preserved the records of transactions through
the medium of rhyme and measure. Their verses
consisted of stanzas of three lines, called, Englyn
Milwr, or the Warrior's Triplet, each containing seven
syllables.

Reference:

THE Ancient Laws of Cambria
CONTAINING THE
INSTITUTIONAL TRIADS OF DYVNWAL MOELMUD,
THE LAWS OF HOWEL THE GOOD,
TRIADICAL COMMENTARIES,
CODE OF EDUCATION, AND THE HUNTING LAWS
OF WALES ;
TO WHICH ARE ADDED,
THE HISTORICAL TRIADS OF BRITAIN.
Translated from the Welsh,
By WILLIAM PROBERT (1823)


Also, see:
Druid's Traids or Warriors' triplet
http://lebordruidic.blogspot.com/2017/05/druids-traids-or-warriors-triplet.html

Friday, May 5, 2017

B: Musical and poetical relicks of the Welsh Bar

By Edward Jones (1808)

Can be downloaded free, from books.google.com

A very rich find and very informative work for any student or scholar of the Druidic past.

TDK

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Relating to Rhetoric and Hi Tech



Data Mining Reveals the Six Basic Emotional Arcs of Storytelling

Scientists at the Computational Story Laboratory have analyzed novels to identify the building blocks of all stories.

Scientists at the Computational Story Laboratory have analyzed novels to identify the building blocks of all stories.
TECHNOLOGYREVIEW.COM|BY EMERGING TECHNOLOGY FROM THE ARXIV

Saturday, July 2, 2016

B: Free Books on Poetic Grammar for the Bard

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Here I will try to share free downloadable (most often very old) books on Poetic Grammar, Meter and the like. That can be a great aid to the becoming Bard or even the Elder Bard.

TDK


1) A really nice find and something on this line I have been look for for a long time.
Not having any formal training on the subject. tdk

"The Original Rhythmic Grammar of the English Language or the Art of Reading and Speaking on the Principles of the Music of Speech"
by  THE REV. JAMES CHAPMAN,
Teacher of the Science and Practice of Elocution  at Edinburgh.
(1821)

Ref. this book may be searched for by title and downloaded free from Books.Google.com

Monday, April 11, 2016

R: Princess Elizabeth (Queen) Initiated A Welsh Bard (1946).

"Princess Elizabeth being initiated into the Gorsedd of Wales (the national Gorsedd of Wales, the Gorsedd Beirdd Ynys Prydain, meaning "The Gorsedd of Bards of the Island of Britain") by two Druid priestesses, 1946."Most interesting bit of recorded history.


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Mountain Ash, Wales. Princess Elizabeth becomes a bard in ancient Welsh ceremony.

Druids raise the ancient and sacred sword above their heads for the ceremony at the National Eisteddfod of Wales at Dyffryn Park. High angle shots of the ceremony in progress. Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II), dressed in ancient robes, is led to the Arch Druid to become a bard, everyone applauds her. M/S as a lady-in-waiting adjusts the ancient head-dress for Princess Elizabeth. She walks from the ceremony. C/U of Princess Elizabeth dressed in the robes of a novitiate. M/S as the Arch Druid drinks from the "Horn of Plenty". C/U individual shots of various druids in the ancient white costume of the calling. Various shots of the ceremony. <<
http://www.britishpathe.com/video/princess-a-welsh-bard/query/DRUIDS+CEREMONY+AT



2) Same as above, movie and newscaster soundtract

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Young+Queen+Elizabeth+and+druid&&view=detail&mid=EB2D070C89959F6F355EEB2D070C89959F6F355E&FORM=VRDGAR

3) Video and live soundtrack, with horns and singing..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WUtGN2rdyw

4)
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Queen Elizabeth Meets the Druids
Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) in a robe of green is led by an acolyte to Archdruid Crwys Williams, who will initiate her into the Mystic Circle of Bards at the national Eisteddfod, or festival, at Mountain Ash, Glamorgan, Wales, August 6, 1946. Men and women who have made a significant and lasting contribution to Welsh culture are sometimes initiated or ceremonially welcomed into Druidical mysteries. But again — there’s no certainty that these mysteries, so many hundreds of years after the original Druids thrived, are related in any way to the actual practices, beliefs, and rituals of the ancients themselves.
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https://eternalidolinterlude.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/film-of-princess-elizabeths-initiation-into-welsh-druid-order-1946/

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  • Soon, Princess Elizabeth started accompanying her parents on official trips both within England
  • and abroad.

  • She was inducted into the Welsh Gorsedd of Bards at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 1946.
  •  A year later, on her first official visit with her parents, she travelled through the South African countries.

Read more at:

 http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/queen-elizabeth-ii-2987.php#cupiZZfUKZ4u6GgJ.99



Generally accepted colors for Druidic Robes:and Vestments.

http://thedruidking.blogspot.com/.../druidic-chains-robes

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Capitive Archer







To-morrow I will bend the Bow!

My Soul shall have her mark again ,

My Bosum feel the Archer's stain!


No longer pasing to and fro

With loosened arms and slacken brain,

As goes the arrow, forth I go!


And pride and purpose I shall know!

Red Moon hangs above the grain,

My Soul shall have her mark again

My Bosum feel the Archer's stain!

To-morrow I will bend the Bow!

by Padraic Colum.


Reference: Found it in >

The Leading Principles of the Brehon Laws

John A. Costello


Vol. 2, No. 8 (Dec., 1913), pp. 440

Image:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Skythian_archer_plate_BM_E135_by_Epiktetos.jpg