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King Bran awp Brychan was the name of the main character in Stephen R. Lawhead's retelling of the Robin Hood legend, The King Raven Trilogy.
A Welsh speaker would pronounce this 'BRAAN' (or 'BRAHN', even).
This should be corrected and spelt with an 'â', not an 'a', as the 'roof' tells you to prolong the pronunciation of the 'a'. It should be selt 'Brân'.
I much prefer this name pronounced BRAHN rather than BRAN. I think it sounds much nicer.
In the book "The Sight," this is the name the wolves give the baby boy they've taken, although it's true name is later "Elu," which I haven't yet looked up.
Bran ap Pendragon is the son of King Arthur in Susan Cooper's beloved Dark is Rising sequence.
Also, in the books, Bran is pronounced with the a of 'farm' or 'barn'.
A character in A Game of Thrones, and the rest of the series - not famous as such but the books are excellent.
I'd just like to clarify that Bran was attacking Ireland to rescue his sister Branwen, who was being mistreated by her husband (Matholwch).
Bran/Bendigeidfran is also one of the earlier influences to the King Arthur legend; he was sometimes referred to as "Arddu", which may or may not have influenced the actual name.
As for the raven references being due to his "swarthy Celtic appearance" in response to another person's comment- that's probably unlikely. ;) Most Celts weren't as black/red-haired as modern history seems to prefer to think.
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Bran seems to have had his kingdom somewhere in Wales, or the midlands. However his head ended up in London. It is supposed to be buried under the hill on which the Tower of London stands. The ravens which guard the tower are linked to his mythology, as Bran meant raven - possibly some comment on his swarthy Celtic appearance.
Bran was killed in Ireland and his head is said to have been brought to England by sea, travelling along the south coast and up the Thames Estuary. It is thought that Branksome in Dorset, and Bransgore in Hampshire might retain in their placenames, a trace of significant points along this journey, much as Charing Cross marks the funeral procession of a later royal.
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