Gwyn

Welsh - King of the fairies, lord of the dead. Son of Lludd. Brother of Gwythyr, some say. Some say he is Arawn, king of the underworld, who left the underworld to become king of the fairies. Others say that King Arthur made him king of the underworld. He carried off Creiddylad who had been promised to Gwythyr who then raised an army and attacked Gwyn. Gwyn won the battle, taking many prisoners and killing Nwython, forcing Nwython's son Cyledyr to eat his father's heart. King Arthur intervened to make peace between Gwyn and Gwythyr, decreeing that Creiddylad should be returned to her father, Lludd, and that the two suitors for her hand should fight each other every May Day until the end of time, the final winner to take the woman. Some say that he was also a member of the party that accompanied Culhwch in his quest for the hand of Olwen. In some accounts, he is given as Creiddylad's brother, in others he is equated with Gwyn, son of Tringad. Also referred to as Gwyn.
Welsh - A warrior at King Arthur's court. Son of Tringad. Ysbaddaden required Culhwch to obtain the help of Gwyn, riding his horse Du, in the hunt for the boar Twrch Trwyth. He was killed by the boar during the hunt. In some accounts he is equated with Gwyn ap Nudd. Also commonly referred to as Gwyn.

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