Alfred The Great Receives A Visit From Cana Cludhmor

May 26, 2021 at 10:37 pm (Fantasy, Folklore, History, Mythology, Short Story) (, , )

Alfred the Great Receives A Visit From Cana Cludhmor

Alfred the Great (848/49-26th October 899) was king of the West Saxons from 871 to 886 and then king of all the Anglo-Saxons from 886 to 899.

He was the youngest son of King Aethelwulf (reigned 839-858) who died when Alfred was young.

Alfred’s three older brothers Aethelbald, Aethulberht and Aethulred all reigned before him.

When his last older brother Aethulred died in April 871, the kingdoms of the Anglo-Saxons were under siege by the Vikings.

While Alfred was busy with the burial ceremonies for his brother, the Danes defeated the Anglo-Saxons at an unknown spot in Alfred’s absence.

Alfred then went on to meet the Danes at the Battle of Wilton in May 871.

He was defeated smashing any remaining hope that Alfred could drive away the invaders from his kingdom.

Alfred was instead forced to make peace with them and pay them tribute.

When the young Alfred returned to his castle shortly after the battle and had gone to bed falling into a deep sleep, he was awakened by the sound of a harp playing.

Alfred looked up and noticed a beautiful woman standing there playing the harp.

“Who are you?” Alfred asked as his loyal, faithful and ever alert (?) watch dog continued to sleep on the rug besides his bed.

“I am Cana Cludhmor the inventor of the harp,” the woman answered.

“You sound Irish?” Alfred noted.

“Indeed,” the woman nodded, “The Irish venerate me as their goddess of music, inspiration and dreams.”

“What do you want?” Alfred asked.

“Be not discouraged by your recent defeat by the Vikings,” Cana Cludhmor said, “For the next time you are awakened by the playing of my harp again, note you shall achieve victory against the Danes.”

Seven years later in May 878 Alfred was awakened by Cana Cludhmor’s harp playing and went on to defeat the Vikings at the Battle of Edington (also known as the Battle of Ethandun).

One of the terms of the Danish surrender was that Guthrum the leader of the Danish Great Heathen Army convert to Christianity.

Three weeks later Guthrum and 29 of his chief men were baptised at Alfred’s court with Alfred becoming Guthrum’s godfather.

Guthrum took the baptismal name of Aethelstan.

Under his baptismal name of Aethelstan, he ruled as king of East Anglia from 879 to 890.

And thus with the playing of an Irish Celtic harp, Alfred the Great defeated the Vikings.

-A short story written by Christopher
Thursday May 26th 2021.

4 Comments

  1. myrelar said,

    Interesting!

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