My Nerdiness Reaches New Heights!

Okay, so I was all set to write a post that would rehash the whole Tiresias question, because I grow more and more convinced that we have it better, but then I decided that it might be a heterosexist question and I got all caught up on trying to remember Tiresias’s name to begin with and then I read that “Since Cronus ruled over the earth, the heavens and the sea, Adamanthea hid Zeus by dangling him on a rope from a tree, suspended between earth, sea and sky, and thus invisible to his father.”

Cool, right, but it got me thinking about that dude who can only be killed when he’s got one foot in a tub and one foot on a goat and I for the longest time could not convince myself that it wasn’t Taliesen, who, you may recall, as a child is given the task of stirring the witch Ceredwin’s cauldron of wisdom and three drops fall on his finger, burning him.  He sticks his finger in his mouth (Much like how Fionn mac Cumhaill ended up eating the salmon of knowledge) and is immediately granted great wisdom, the first instance of is the realization that Ceredwin is going to be pi-ISS-ed at him.

But no tub/goat straddling.  Finally, after a lunch hour of research, I remember that it’s dear Lleu Llaw Gyffes, who also has a kind of jerk of a mother figure who has to be tricked into giving him the stuff he needs in life (so you can see why I was confused).

Anyway, it turns out that Lleu’s Gaulish counterpart, Lugus, is sometimes attributed with three penises, in which case, I think, we’re brought nearly full circle, because it’s hard to say whether a man with three penises is having the best of times or the worst of times.

8 thoughts on “My Nerdiness Reaches New Heights!

  1. unless the Gauls knew of a woman with three vulvas, Lugus certainly wasn’t having the best of times. maybe not the worst either, but still.

  2. I love the way you just tossed out “the salmon of knowledge” as a brief aside. I’ve also found that I can’t read the words “salmon of knowledge” without chuckling.

  3. I don’t remember my Celtic stories all that well. But wasn’t Lleu Llaw Gyffes the guy married to Blodduewedd? On whom she cheated? If so, why did he leave his extra penises in Gaul?

  4. Oh, and again with the Jungian coincidences.

    This post was written on the very afternoon that I’m up to my elbows in Welsh medical documents.

    I swear to God, everything I read with only one “l” looks strange to me now.

  5. When I studied in Wales for a semester in undergrad, the name of the student center on campus (in Swansea) was the Taliesen. Now I know who that was! So much more interesting than “the Student Union.” I wish IU had named theirs after “the salmon of knowledge.”

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