Last Warrior Standing?



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I have written about this magnificent  Welsh sculpture in more detail in an earlier post, Warrior Wind-Singer of Llyn, but I thought he/she deserved another viewing. This brave Celtic guardian surveys Cardigan Bay from the cliff top above Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Llanbedrog, on the Llyn Peninsula. It is the work of local craftsmen Berwyn Jones and Huw Jones and replaces two earlier figureheads that met there doom there by fire and corrosion. It is known as the Iron Man of Mynydd Tir y Cwmwd, but as I say, I think it could also be a woman. After all, the Celts had fierce women like Buddug, known more widely today as Boudicca. She was  the warrior queen of the Iceni,  who took on the invading Romans.


I find the  figure very moving, the remnant twist of sinew and ligament after bone and flesh have been weathered away. In the spaces between, the steel armature gathers the sea winds and sings. A metaphor, perhaps, for Welsh culture – the bardic verses and sea-sounds of the language that outsiders find so hard to get their tongues round. And for those of you want to hear some Welsh being spoken and see some superlative Welsh drama produced by BBC Cymru Wales, then look out for Hinterland, (Y Gwyll in Welsh), the so-called Celtic Noir detective series. It is currently showing on the UK’s BBC, but it deserves to go world-wide.

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The winding cliff path to the Iron Man

© 2014 Tish Farrell


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41 thoughts on “Last Warrior Standing?

      1. Brilliant, exceptional use of old iron, beats melting it down. Oh for a gas torch and welding kit

  1. I lived in South Wales at St. Athan for nearly two years from 66 to 68 when dad was in the RAF. I was but a nipper!
    This sculpture reminds me of the warrior on the cover or the Wishbone Ash album , Argus, for some reason.

  2. Thank you for this…a magnificent sculpture, and yes I have been watching Hinterland. Superb. The atmospheric and moody imagery reminds me a little of Top of the Lake which I also thoroughly enjoyed. Have a lovely weekend.:)

  3. That was a very interesting post. The sound of the wind singing through the metal must sound very strange. I agree – the figure does have a feminine look.

  4. Fascinating figure. Tish, you led me to read about Boudicca (Boadicea) and what a history! I had come across her name variously in my past readings elsewhere but this is the first time I’m reading about her detailed life. A truly magnificent woman and I would want to believe that the above figure is hers. 🙂

    1. Well thank you, Celestine. I think if we both think it’s Boudicca then it must be so. Lovely of you to be inspired to read up about her. There’s a powerful historical (fiction) trilogy/quartette? by Manda Scott that features her and life in Roman occupied Britain, as well as including much about the sacred beliefs of the Celts.

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