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Origin of the name GORLASSAR.
Etymology of the name GORLASSAR.
Meaning of the baby name GORLASSAR.


GORLASSAR.  Arthurian.  An epithet of Uther Pendragon.  In translating the Druidic poem containing Uther's epithet, David Nash (Taliesin, 1858) supposes the word gorlassar ("extremely blue") to be an error for gorlaisar ("shrill-voiced.").  But Rhys sees no error in the poem.

... It is further inevitable that we should identify with Bran, or Bran's Head, a divinity called the Wonderful Head, in Welsh, Uthr Ben and Uthr Ben-dragon, to whom allusion has been made elsewhere, but here we wish to draw attention only to one point of similarity between Urien and Uthr Ben, namely, as to complexion:  the Taliesin poem about Uthr Ben makes him sing his own elegy, and in it he describes himself as ardu, "black, dark, or dusky."  He also represents himself called gorlassar, which seems to have denoted a dark blue or livid colour, and it is twice used in connection with Urien, once of his person, and once of the spear wielded by him to despatch a foe. (Studies in Arthurian Legend, Rhys, 1891)


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