Origin of the name GLEWLWYD.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name GLEWLWYD.
A Welsh name meaning "Brave-Grey."
Imperial performers on the harp, of the Island of Britain: King
Arthur; Glewlwyd Gavaelvawr (i.e. Brave-Grey with Powerful
Grasp;) and Crella, Bard of the Harp to Prince Griffith ab Cynan.
Three men are of equal rank: A King; a Harper; and a
Bard. (The Bardic Museum, Jones, 1802)
youth: "Is there a porter?" "There is; and if
thou holdest not thy peace, small will be thy welcome. I am
Arthur's porter every first day of January." "Open the
portal." "I will not open it."
"Wherefore not?" "The knife is in the meat, and the
drink is in the horn, and there is revelry in Arthur's hall; and none
may enter therein but the son of a king of a privileged country, or a
craftsman bringing his craft. But there will be refreshment for
thy dogs and for thy horse; and for thee there will be collops cooked
and peppered, and luscious wine, and mirthful songs; and food for fifty
men shall be brought unto thee in the guest-chamber, where the stranger
and the sons of other countries eat, who come not into the precincts of
the palace of Arthur. Thou wilt fare no worse there than thou
wouldst with Arthur in the court. A lady shall smooth thy couch,
and shall lull thee with songs; and early to-morrow morning, when the
gate is open for the multitude that came hither today, for thee shall it
be opened first, and thou mayest sit in the place that thou shalt choose
in Arthur's hall, from the upper end to the lower." Said the
youth: "That will I not do. If thou openest the gate,
it is well. If thou dost not open it, I will bring disgrace upon
thy lord, and evil report upon thee. And I will set up three
shouts at this very gate, than which none were ever heard more
deadly." "What clamor soever thou mayest make,"
said Glewlwyd, the porter, "against the laws of Arthur's palace,
shalt thou not enter therein, until I first go and speak with
Then Glewlwyd went into the hall. And Arthur
said to him, "Hast thou news from the gate?" "Half
of my life is passed," said Glewlwyd, "and half of thine.
I was heretofore in Kaer Se and Asse, in Sach and Salach, in Lotor and
Fotor, and I have been in India the Great and India the Lesser, and I
have also been in Europe and Africa, and in the islands of Corsica, and
I was present when thou didst conquer Greece in the East. Nine
supreme sovereigns, handsome men, saw we there, but never did I behold a
man of equal dignity with him who is now at the door of the
portal." Then said Arthur: "If walking thou didst
enter here, return thou running. It is unbecoming to keep such a
man as thou sayest he is in the wind and the rain." Said
Kay: "By the hand of my friend, if thou wouldst follow my
counsel, thou wouldst not break through the laws of the court because of
him." "Not so, blessed Kay," said Arthur; "it
is an honor to us to be resorted to, and the greater our courtesy, the
greater will be our renown and our fame and our glory."
And Glewlwyd came to the gate, and opened the gate
before Kilwich; (The Age of Chivalry, Bulfinch, 1901)