The End Of The World Picture

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This is an English translation (and a bad one indeed, since it loses all its puns) of a poem I wrote in French about Finistère.

I am reading more and more book about the Gauls and found an interesting quote from Greek historian Claudian about Finistère:
"There is a place at the end/edge of Gaul, a place beatten by the waves of the ocean where one hears the shadows' complaints as they fly with a soft sound".

As for the capitalized names of the places mentioned, they all exist in Finistère and in very ancient stories and bardic songs. This is because the Celtic underworld is supposed to be in Eastern Brittany and that the "otherworld" is far over the Atlantic ocean.

And now, some detailed explanation:

- The Black Mountains are also called the Mountains of Arée, and most of the other places mentioned are in the same region, except the ones near the coast, which are in Finistère. Finistère, by the way, means "end of the world" in several languages:
in French: Finis = to end, Terre: Earth.
In Breton, "Penn-ar-Bed" literally means "End/Head-of [the]- World".

- Riwannon is one of the goddesses of the dead in Celtic mythology.

- The "krierien" are spirits of those who were wrecked along the coast. In Breton, it means "cries".

- Apples were considered holy in Celtic mythology and apple trees were also called "trees of life". It is said the "other-world" is full of these.

- There are lots of legends about cristal palaces in Celtic legends. In Wales, it is said that sorcerers and gods lived there, and in Brittany, it is said they belong to the Duz , a tribe of Korrigans.

- The harp of fire belonged to Lug, the god of the sun who was also said to be an exceptional musician.

- The great kings, Arthur included, are said to sleep on an island guarded by fairies. Bards will wake them up one day, when Wales and Brittany will need them most.

- The second-last paragraph is a translation of an excerpt of what Claudian wrote about Finistère and the last paragraph is made up, based on several bardic songs.

I hope that you liked it, even though it doesn't rhyme.
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