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Ancient coastal town of Gwynedd (until 1974, Merionethshire), near which are the ruins of Harlech Castle (13th cent.), both of which enjoy abundant mythological and historical associations. In the Mabinogi, Harlech is one of the seats of Bendigeidfran and his sister Branwen, and where later his severed head presides over an otherworldly feast. See also GWALES.

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