Crowning of the Bard

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The Crowning of the Bard (Welsh: Coroni'r Bardd) is one of the most important events in an eisteddfod. The most famous such ceremony takes place at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, and is normally on the Monday afternoon of Eisteddfod week (it was formerly held on the Tuesday).[1]

A new bardic crown is specially designed and made for each eisteddfod and is awarded to the winning entrant in the competition for the Pryddest, poetry written in free verse.[2][3] The judges have included past crowned bards, such as Mererid Hopwood and T. James Jones.[4]

The National Eisteddfod crown was first awarded in 1867.[5] The crowning ceremony is presided over by the Archdruid, who invites an adjudicator to read the judges' comments before announcing the identity of the bard, using only the nom de plume that the winner has used to submit the work. Up to this point, no one knows the true identity of the bard, who is asked to stand and is then escorted to the stage and crowned.[6]

Winning the "double" of bardic chair and crown at the same Eisteddfod is a feat that has only been achieved a handful of times in the history of the Eisteddfod. Alan Llwyd and Donald Evans have won the double twice.

The 2017 National Eisteddfod crown winner was Gwion Hallam.[7]


  1. ^ National Eisteddfod: the Gorsedd Today Archived 2012-02-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Druid Network: History of the Gorsedd of Bards Archived 2012-07-10 at
  3. ^ "The main ceremonies". BBC iWonder. Retrieved 29 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "Translator wins National Eisteddfod poetry crown". BBC News. 3 August 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2017. 
  5. ^ "The Crowning Ceremony". National Museum of Wales. Retrieved 29 July 2017. 
  6. ^ "Gorsedd Ceremonies Today". Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru. Retrieved 29 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "Gwion Hallam yn ennill Coron Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Môn". BBC News (in cydate=7 August 2017). Retrieved 13 August 2017.