Battle of Argoed Llwyfain
Date6th century
Result Brittonic victory
Rheged Bernicia
Commanders and leaders
Urien Reghed
Owain mab Urien
'Fflamddwyn': Theodric of Bernicia or Ida of Bernicia

The Battle of Argoed Llwyfain was fought between the forces of the Kingdom of Rheged under the command of Urien and Owain mab Urien and the forces of the Kingdom of Bernicia under Fflamddwyn (Firestealer or Flamebearer).[1] Most of what is known about the battle comes from the early Welsh poem Gwaith Argoed Llwyfain by the poet and bard Taliesin.[1] Supposedly on one Saturday, Fflamddwyn had surrounded the seat of power within Rheged and demanded that King Urien submit and provide hostages. Urien's son Owain used the memory of his ancestor Ceneu son of Coel and denied giving hostages. Urien then stirred his men and fighting began. In the ensuing combat Fflamddwyn was slain, temporarily freeing Rheged of the Anglian menace.[2][3]

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  1. ^ a b "BBC Wales - Arts - Early Welsh literature - Taliesin". 2009-10-20. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
  2. ^ Turner, Sharon (1823). The history of the Anglo-Saxons, comprising the history of England from the ... - Sharon Turner - Google Books. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
  3. ^ Taliesin; or, The bards and druids of Britain. A tr. of the remains of the ... - Taliesin. 1858. Retrieved 2012-10-15 – via Internet Archive.