According to Wikipedia, the Adar Llwch Gwin, are giant birds, similar to the griffin. Griffins have the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. Sometimes it is depicted as having a long snake tail. The female has wings and the males have spikes on their backs in place of wings, this is according to kidzworld. The rendering by TheGreatOmegaDragon from deviant art, to the left, shows the Adar Llwch Gwin as just a huge bird. Your imagination is important for filling in the blanks about what this creature looked like.
Cryptids Wiki tells the story of the Adar Llwch Gwin, (according to the myth from the 17th century,) who was given to the warrior named Drudwas ap Tryffin, by his fairy wife.
Drudwas’s father was the King of Denmark and his sister was one of King Arthur’s mistresses, playing an important role in her brother Drudwas’s demise.
Drudwas himself was killed by three of the Adar Llwch Gwin one bloody day in Camelot. He had been a knight in King Arthur’s court.
On the day that Drudwas was preparing to battle the hero Arthur, (for reasons still unclear to me,) Drudwas’s sister held King Arthur back, making him late. Drudwas had commanded the Adar Llwch Gwin to kill the first man to enter upon the battlefield, thinking that Arthur would be the first one there. Since Arthur himself was delayed, the birds immediately turned on Drudwas who arrived first and tore him to pieces. Upon realizing what they had done…they let out the most pitiful wail.
Adar Llwich Gwin in pop culture
- In the photo to the left, the Adar Llwich Gwin is depicted as a character in the massive multiplayer game, Dark Age of Camelot.
- The name of the creature derives from the Welsh words llwch (“dust”) and gwin (“wine”). These birds were said to understand human speech and to obey whatever command given to them by their master. (The story can also be viewed here from Wikiwikiup on YouTube.)
- Later, in medieval Welsh poetry, the phrase Adar Llwch Gwin came to describe all kinds of raptors including hawks, falcons, and brave men.
The Writing Prompt
The year is 1932, and the Adar Llwch Gwin is in a huge cage, being sold for $30,000 in New York City. It is being sold on the Alley of Exotic Creatures. In this parallel universe, this type of magical creature could go for much, much more. You are a magical creature tradesman and see that the Adar Llwch Gwin is a key to the past…and could possibly give you insight into the gilded age of Camelot. You decide to buy him and study him.
How does he understand so may languages? Does he also speak them? I am inclined to say yes.
Why does he blindly adhere to commands from humans, even to the point of destroying a beloved master? You employ the help of a doctor friend.
What you find in the bird’s giant brain could change the world forever…what do you find?
If you find this fun and interesting and decide to expand on it- let me know how this story continues in the comment section below, and as usual…happy writing!