Blodeuwed was born into circumstances beyond her control. Born to be a personal and domestic attendant to all Lleu Llwa's needs. In most arranged unions loss of free- will can result in lonelyness.. People can't be told who to love. We are attracted to who we are atrracted to. The heart craves love - imaginary or real, the heart wants what the heart wants.
Math a high-ranked wizard in the rich mountain lands of Gwynedd in Northern Wales ruled with his feet on the lap of the virgin named Arianrod.
Math left Arianrhod alone to defend his lands.
Desire can create harmful actions when thought for others is not applied. While Math was gone, Gilfaethwy had his way with Arianrhod in the most wicked of manners.
Arianrhod became bitter by the crime done to her. She decided to take revenge on all men, including her son Lleu Llaw. Arianrhod was the only person who had the authority to name, arm him for battle and bless his bride. After being tricked in naming her son and arming him for war, she swore the final oath. "You will never know the love of a woman. There will be no bride to share your bed or give you an heir to bear your name. Your life will be one of solitude."
Math felt Lleu Llaw's loneliness. He and Gwydion (Lleu's father figure) created a woman lacing the four elements, earth, air, fire, and water together and named her Blodeuwed, Fairie Queen, Giver of Life.
When Lleu Llaw met the woman, there was an instant attraction, and the two wed. Math gave the lands of Ardudwy in southern Gwynedd with a fortress at Mor Castle as wedding gift.
While Lleu Llaw was on a mission for the King, Blodeuwed from the castle watched a group of hunters on the hunt. At nightfall the men stood at her gates. Goronwy, Lord Penllyn, asked her for a night's shelter. Blodeuwed felt lust at first sight and agreed. Later that evening she took Goronwy, as her lover.
Little did she know Goronwy was not an honorable man. His was ego driven. He wanted the rich lands of Ardudwy and would use her to get what he wanted. He told her she needed to find the secret that would break the protective shield that surrounded her husband from death.
When Lleu Llaw returned home he saw his wife had changed. When he confronted her, Blodeuwed told him she feared his death. He tried to calm her but she became hysterical at the thought of being alone. Out of love, he told his wife how to break the safeguards placed on him.
Blodeuwed laughed in delight. Her husband thought it was because he had set her mind at ease. Little did he know that the next morning she sent a messenger to Goronwy fortress at Penllyn.
For a year Goronwy set out Lleu Llaw's demise and a day later, Blodeuwed convinced her husband to show her how difficult the task would be to kill him. He wanted to please her so he did as she asked. He placed one foot on the rim of the cauldron that sat beside the stream for travellers to bathe, and the other on the back of a goat. At that moment, Goronwy shot a poisonous spear hitting Lleu Llaw in the ankle, killing him. Blodeuwed begged Goronwy to stay at her side. He, in turn, abandoned her to fend for herself among the wild animals.
Math told Gwydion of Lleu Llaw's death. He went in search of his son. He followed a fat, wild boar to an eagle dripping flesh and blood. Gwydion charmed the eagle from the tree. He touched his wand to the bird's brow, his son, magically appeared. Lleu Llaw told him of his wife's deceit. Gwydion found Blodeuwed on the highest mountain peak. He raised his hand and said, " You shall be a bird who is hated by all other birds. Never will your face enjoy the light of day." He waved his wand, turning her into a owl.
Goronwy's punishment was to stand where Lleu Llaw had and Lleu Llaw would stand and cast the spear. Goronwy asked his kinsmen for one to take his place. None stood up for him. At the River Gynvael, Lleu Llaw shot the poisoned spear at his enemy. Goronwy, in fear of his life, grabbbed a stone which lay by the river bank. The arrow pierced through the stone and knocked him to the ground. His back broken, he died.
The Stone of Goronwy still lays where the punishment took place.
Legend taken from my book, "In Our Oneness...Know Thy Self"