Gwydion

Welsh - A magician and war-god. Nephew and deputy for Math, king of Gwynedd. Son of Beli and Don. Brother of Aranrhod and Gilfaethwy. Father of Nwyvre by Aranrhod. When his brother Gilfaethwy fell in love with Goewen, one of Math's footholders, he organised the battle necessary to get Math away from her. He did this by swapping some phantom horses for a herd of pigs owned by Pryderi and coveted by Math. When Pryderi discovered that the horses were merely a magician's illusion, he marched on Gwynedd. While Math was away at war, Gilfaethwy seduced Goewen who was dismissed from her post when Math returned. Gwydion tried to have Aranrhod appointed in her place but, when tested for virginity by Math's magic wand, she produced a baby, Dylan. Gwydion collected in a handkerchief a drop of blood that appeared at the same time and put it in a chest. It developed into another baby, the boy Llew, who was raised by Gwydion as his own. Math punished Gwydion and Gilfaethwy by turning them successively into male and female deer, pigs and wolves. In each form they produced offspring and in these forms he was the 'father' of Hyddwn as a deer, Hychdwn as a pig and Bleiddwn as a wolf. Math changed all these young animals into boys and later restored both Gwydion and Gilfaethwy to human form. In some versions there was a third child of Aranrhod, all fathered by Gwydion. He is said to have led the forces that fought the Battle of Godeu against the forces of Arawn. In some accounts, he created Taliesin. Also identified as Gwydion, Gwair, Gwair, Gweir, Gweir Ennwir, Gweir Hir, Gwydion, Gwydyon, Gwydyon, Gwydion or Gwydion.
Welsh - A herdsman for the tribe of Gwynedd. Occasionally referred to as Gwydion, Gwair, Gwair, Gweir, Gweir Ennwir, Gweir Hir, Gwydion, Gwydyon, Gwydyon, Gwydion or Gwydion.

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