The Blodeuged (the gift of flowers) (previously the Aberthged)
The Blodeuged is a sheaf of meadow flowers, ears of corn and grasses, symbolic of the land of Wales. It is presented by a young maiden from the area hosting the Eisteddfod to the Archdruid in the Gorsedd ceremonies. It is a symbol of the desire of the youth of Wales to offer the flower of their talents to the National Eisteddfod.
Nominations are received for the role and the Presenter is chosen by a panel of Gorseddogion.
It isn't certain when this rite was first introduced but by the turn of the twentieth century the term used was 'Presenting the Aberthged' (gift of sacrifice). During this early period well-known women and the wives of influential men were chosen as Presenters; e.g. Mrs Tom Ellis (Proclamation at Caernarfon 1905) and Olwen Lloyd George (Carmarthen, 1911). In 1923 the red Celtic cloak designed by Arlunydd Pen-y-garn was first worn. A golden head-dress was donated by Oswyn Afan.
Cynan set about improving the ceremony in the thirties/fifties by introducing the Floral Dance and linking it to the Aberthged presentation.
By the 1970s the term 'Aberthged' was no longer acceptable and 'Blodeuged' (the gift of flowers) was adopted in its stead.