Shakespeare in particular is often referred to as "the Bard" or "the Bard of Avon" in spite of the fact he wrote in the Renaissance, long after the heyday of Celtic bards.
The modern day has seen a sort of revival of bardic performance since 1822, when the ancient bardic performance contests were revived in Wales.
The British landscape is dotted with such archeological sites, and they became an important part of the mythic landscape.
In many Irish, Welsh, and Scottish legends, barrows were the sites of invisible Elvish fortresses or entrances into fairyland.
As late as 1833, Welsh folklore tells of workmen near Mold in Clwyd who would see gold-armored elf-warriors at the tumulus of Bryn-yr-ellyion, "the hill of fairies." Given how a barrow is a gravesite, many legends, literary works, and cultural practices connect them with death.
She agrees to do so, but only if every creature, god, and object in the universe agrees to shed tears for Balder.
Once again, Loki thwarts this through trickery, and Balder remains dead permanently--betrayed by wicked and heartless beings unworthy of him.
In the legends, Balder's mother and he dream that he will die.
Shocked, the rest of the gods, animals, and inanimate objects all take vows not to harm Balder--with the exception of two beings--the evil god Loki and the lowly mistletoe plant, which was still too young to make legally-binding vows.