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Pwyll

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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

Rhiannon (REE-ah-non), Pwyll’s wife.

Pryderi

Pryderi (prih-DEH-ree), the son of Pwyll and Rhiannon.

Kicva

Kicva (KIHK-vah), Pryderi’s wife.

Bendigeid Vran

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

Branwen, Bendigeid Vran’s sister, who is given in marriage to Matholwch. She dies of sorrow when her brother is killed in battle.

Matholwch

Matholwch (mah-THOH-lewkh), king of Ireland, Branwen’s husband.

Manawydan

Manawydan (mah-now-IH-dan), Bendigeid Vran’s brother. With Pryderi, another survivor of the Irish war, he settles on land that is magically desolated until it is learned that the source of the curse is a churchman avenging an ancient insult.

King Math

King Math, the son of Mathonwy.

Goewin

Goewin (GEE-wihn), King Math’s footmaiden, raped by Gwydion and Gilvaethwy.

Gwydion

Gwydion (GWIH-dih-yon), King Math’s warrior, and

Gilvaethwy

Gilvaethwy (gihl-VAY-thew), his brother, turned by King Math into animals for three years as punishment for their rape of Goewin.

Llew Llaw Gyffes

Llew Llaw Gyffes (tlih tlow GIH-fehs), Gwydion’s favorite son, for whom King Math creates an elfwife, Blodeuwedd.

Blodeuwedd

Blodeuwedd (blon-DEW-wehth), Llew Llaw Gyffe’s elfwife. For her faithlessness, she is turned into an owl.

Macsen Wledig

Macsen Wledig (WLEH-dihg), the emperor of Rome, who dreams of a beautiful maiden and, after a long search, finds her just as she appeared in the dream.

Lludd

Lludd (tlihth), king of Britain. His people ravaged by three plagues, he seeks the help of his brother, Llevelys, who offers three successful remedies.

Llevelys

Llevelys (tleh-VEH-lihs), Lludd’s wise brother, king of France.

Kilhwch

Kilhwch (KIH-lewkh), King Arthur’s knight. By dint of cunning, magic, and the help of his fellow knights, he wins Olwen from Ysbaddaden.

Olwen

Olwen (OHL-wehn), Ysbaddaden’s beautiful daughter, who is won by Kilhwch.

Ysbaddaden

Ysbaddaden (ihs-bah-THAH-dehn), a crafty giant, Olwen’s father.

King Arthur

King Arthur , the legendary British leader.

Rhonabwy

Rhonabwy (roh-NAH-bew), a dreamer who, in sleep, finds himself in King Arthur’s court.

Owain

Owain (OH-win), a knight. He overcomes the Knight of the Fountain, marries his widow, and assumes his title.

Peredur

Peredur (peh-REH-dihr), a matchless knight at King Arthur’s court.

Gerint

Gerint (GEH -rihnt), King Arthur’s knight. Spending more time with his wife than in knightly pursuits, he finds himself obliged to...

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