The Way is Shut…

If you read my previous post Long for Anglesey Part 2, then you’ll be aware that I never reached my intended destination of Bryn Celli Ddu, an ancient Neolithic chambered tomb, however last week I was finally able to drive out to the site.

Bryn Celli Ddu (which translates to ‘the mound in the dark grove‘) is situated deep in the Anglesey countryside, surrounded on either side by quaint farmlands.

Much mystery surrounds Bryn Celli Ddu, in around 3000BC a stone henge was constructed on the site, of which only the ditch remains, and around 1000 years later a chamber tomb was built on the site, with only one of the standing stones surviving. The chamber was built to align with the movements of the celestial bodies, the sun of the midsummer solstice shines right through the opening of the tomb. Theories range as to why the tomb was built this way, whether it was to provide warmth and light for the dead or to do with predicting the harvests, we may never know. You can step right into the confines of the tomb, though to be honest I was pretty creeped out. Though any human remains have long been removed, this is still a tomb, its like stepping into a coffin. The entrance reminded me of Dark Door to the Dwimorberg, from The Lord of the Rings and I couldn’t help but recall the haunting stanza that is written above that door.

“The way is shut. It was made by those who are Dead, and the Dead keep it, until the time comes. The way is shut.”

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6 Comments

  1. This is fascinating. I wouldn’t have gone in either! It really does remind one of Dwimorberg… Definitely creepy. But it is so neat seeing it built into this little hill. Pretty pictures, too, by the way. I love the sheep!

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  2. Love the post. I have visited many a site like this in Ireland and it is fun to see one I have yet to visit. They are creepy and impressive and interesting all at the same time. It is pretty neat to be afforded the opportunity to enter the tomb. Not all are open.

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