Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Pwyll (PEW-uhl), prince of Dyved. To redeem himself after an attempt to steal a deer, he agrees to change places and appearances with the chieftain who has caught him in the act and to slay the chieftain’s enemy after a year’s time. His contract fulfilled, he returns home, where he sees the beautiful lady Rhiannon ride by, subdues her suitor, and marries her.
Rhiannon (REE-ah-non), Pwyll’s wife.
Pryderi (prih-DEH-ree), the son of Pwyll and Rhiannon.
Kicva (KIHK-vah), Pryderi’s wife.
Bendigeid Vran (behn-DIH-geed vran), the son of Llyr and king of the Island of the Mighty. While making war on the Irish because of their treatment of Matholwch and Branwen, he is killed by a poisoned arrow.
Branwen, Bendigeid Vran’s sister, who is given in marriage to Matholwch. She dies of sorrow when her brother is killed in battle.
Matholwch (mah-THOH-lewkh), king of Ireland, Branwen’s husband.
Manawydan (mah-now-IH-dan), Bendigeid Vran’s brother. With Pryderi,...
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