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Welsh Wednesdays | Welsh Books

A discussion on Welsh books, or books related to Wales.

Today, for Welsh Wednesdays, Llinos and I will be sharing about Welsh books. It’s obvious that I am obsessed with both Wales and books, so it only makes sense that I would have a shelf solely dedicated to Welsh history and culture.

A discussion on Welsh books, or books related to Wales.

I have many history books…I have about two and a half shelves full of them. Most of them have to do with medieval times, especially medieval Britain. That was, after all, my emphasis in my history major. So, of course, that also includes Wales, and is also part of the reason I decided to study Welsh.

Welsh books

As you can see, I have a Welsh dragon, or Draig Cymraeg. I also have my Welsh grammar books and dictionaries to help me practice my Welsh. La Morte D’Arthur is included in that because I’m in the school that yes, Arthur was a real historical figure, and yes, he was in fact, Welsh.  Then, stacked, are all my history books: one specifically is a short history on Wales, itself. But, the rest all have to do with Wales as part of Great Britain.

I also have a Welsh Book of Mormon:

Welsh books

The Book of Mormon is the scriptures that sets Mormons apart from other Christians. We believe it is another testament of Christ. It has been translated into numerous languages across the globe, including Welsh. However, the translation was done in the mid-1800s, and trying to read its style of Welsh is like an ESL learner trying to read Shakespeare! It’s an older, more formal format and is grammatically pretty difficult. But, it’s great to learn the spiritual and religious Welsh vocabulary.

I also have a few Welsh books that I will give Rhys when he is older.

Welsh books

The first is actually a Welsh book for Welsh boy scouts! I can’t wait to use it when Rhys is in Scouts! The second is a picture book about Welsh princes, one of which is Rhys’s namesake!

And, of course, I’ve done book reviews on both The Castle of Llyr and Born to Treason, novels that take place in Wales and have to do with Welsh history or legends.

What Welsh books or books about Wales have you read?

Join Llinos from the Lilac Linnet and Tayler from The Morrell Tale on the last Wednesday of every month for Welsh Wednesdays!

Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Welsh Names | Welsh Wednesdays

Rhys is a Welsh name with Welsh etymology. It means enthusiasm, but it's heritage and history goes far beyond that one-word definition.

I have always, always been interested in etymology. Even as a little kid, I loved looking through the big baby names books and looking to see what my favorite names meant. So, after I became obsessed with Wales and all things Welsh, I knew that I was going to use Welsh names for my children…all I had to do was convince my husband!

Rhys is a Welsh name with Welsh etymology. It means enthusiasm, but it's heritage and history goes far beyond that one-word definition.

Rhys was an all-time favorite Welsh name of mine. It is easy to say, sounds smooth, and has a proud heritage. Many princes and warriors have been named Rhys in Welsh history. The most famous of all is Prince Rhys ap Gruffydd. He held Wales together while the Norman kinds, especially ruthless Henry II, tried to bring Wales under their rule. Rhys stood up for the rights of the Welsh and kept them united. He ruled most of Southern Wales. Prince Rhys was a smart tactician and politician. He was very witty and wise. He also is the ancestor of Henry VII, who began the Tutor Reign.

Rhys is also in many fantasy books and videogames. They all happen to be red-headed warriors. Well, I knew I wanted my son to be a red-headed warrior who was proud of his Welsh heritage, as I am. It helps to now know that Justin’s family tree includes many Dark Age Irish, Scottish, and Welsh kings and princes, including King Arthur himself!

When I brought up to my husband my burning desire to name our firstborn son Rhys, he was ok with it. Mainly because one of his favorite characters from his favorite series of videogames, Fire Emblem, had a red-headed warrior healer named Rhys.

The true etymology of Rhys is “enthusiasm”, and our son Rhys definitely has an enthusiasm for life!

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Some other famous Rhyses are John Rhys-Davies (Gimli on Lord of the Rings) and Rhys Ifans the actor.

We have decided to have Welsh names be part of all our kids’ names, either the first or middle name. If this baby #2 happens to be a girl, we already have a name picked out: Irish first name and Welsh middle name.

Do you have any Welsh names or know someone who does? What is it and what does it mean?

Make sure you check out Llinos’s post to see what her very Welsh name means!

Join Llinos from the Lilac Linnet and Tayler from The Morrell Tale on the last Wednesday of every month for Welsh Wednesdays!Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Welsh Wednesday | St. David’s Day

Croeso! Welcome back!

Today, Llinos and I will be talking about St. David’s Day….or Dydd Gwyl Dewi. Saint David’s Day is celebrated every year on March 1st.

 

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Saint David is the patron saint of Wales. He brought back Christianity to the Welsh people after the Roman Christians left Great Britain. He also advised the Welsh to all wear leeks on their lapels as they fought against the invading Saxons and they won.

So, we celebrate much like the Irish celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day…much reveling and wearing green and red. Oh, and we wear “leeks” on our shirts…I have a felt leek pin that I wear. We also wear Welsh clothing…like flags on our shirts!

And, then there is the food! Cornish Pasties and Leek and Potato Soup!

 

Llinos and I have also decided to add in little mini-vlogs. We thought it would be very interesting to have us both speak the same words and phrases to see the differences between a Native North Welshwoman and an American speak Welsh.

Hello/how are you. Smae, Sut dych chi? (shmai shoot-dik-kee)
Happy Birthday Penblwydd hapus (pen-blue-eth happees)
Nice to meet you Braf cwrdd a chi (brav coorth a kee)
I live in…. Dw i’n byw yn Utah (dween be-you in Utah)
It’s a lovely day Mae’n dydd hyfryd (mine deeth huv-red)
My name is…. Tayler dw i (Tayler dwee)

What else would you like to learn about Wales?

 

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Welsh Wednesday // Cymru Am Byth

Croeso! Welcome!

A few months ago, I got a random email from someone named Llinos from The Lilac Linnet. I immediately knew that was a Welsh name. She said she was glad to have found my blog and was excited that I knew Welsh and had traveled to Wales. I immediately followed her back. Since then, we’ve talked about Wales, sometimes in Welsh. Llinos always ignites my wish to go back to Wales in a bad way! So, we decided that we needed to share with the world the amazing-ness that is Wales. Therefore, we’ve created Welsh Wednesdays!

Welsh Wednesdays--all about Wales!

The last Wednesday of every month, Llinos and I will both create a post based on a specific topic on Wales. This week, we’ve decided to talk about what we love about Wales and why we are doing this linkup.

Make sure you check out Llinos’s post!

First of all, I want to make sure you know where Wales actually is:

Via

I have always been obsessed with English history–Celt and Romans, Dark Age and King Arthur, Medieval Age and knights and wars, and the Tudors. I have also been obsessed with fantasy, and the history just molds so nicely together. In high school, I started researching more about the Celts and their culture and mythology and decided I wanted to learn a Celtic language (Irish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic, or Welsh–it didn’t matter).

When I got to BYU, I found that the only Celtic language they offered was Welsh. So I began taking the courses my sophomore year. I also found out about the same time that I was part Welsh–not as much as my Danish and Swedish ancestry, but my Scandinavian blood never really called out to me; whereas, my Celtic ancestry pumps through my veins loudly. I mean, I would always listen to Celtic music, loved British history, and was obsessed with Celts and fantasy!
I loved learning the language and how it rolled off the tongue. I also loved the history of Wales–it is very similar to Scotland–full of rebels! I then had the opportunity to go to Wales for a study abroad in 2010. I felt so at home in Wales–like I was connected to the land, to the history, to the culture. It was quite a spiritual experience for me to be honest. I have been yearning to return ever since then, but sadly, finances disagree.

Here are some other posts I’ve written about Wales!

Cymru Am Byth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.