Owain

British - A knight of King Arthur's court. One of the Knights of Battle. Son of Urien and Morgan le Fay or Modron. Twin brother of Morfudd. Husband of Denw or of Penarwan. Father of Galian, some say. In some accounts, he was the son of Gorlois and Igraine, in others the brother of Gawain. Morgan planned to kill King Arthur and her husband, Urien, marry her lover Accolan and make him king. Believing that Accolan had killed Arthur in a fight, she took her husband's sword and was about to kill him as he slept. Owain, alerted by a servant, was hidden in the room and seized his mother in time to prevent murder. His mother duped him into believing that she had been possessed by evil spirits and he forgave her when she promised to give up magic arts. King Arthur felt that he could no longer trust Urien or Owain so he banished Owain from his court. His friend Gawain opted to go with him and they set out to find adventure which would allow Owain to prove his loyalty to the king. Their first encounter was with Morholt who quickly unhorsed two strange knights in succession. He then challenged Owain and Gawain, disposing easily of the young Owain who sustained a leg wound, and fighting an honourable draw with Gawain. All three became friends and travelled on together. They met three women who offered to lead them to adventure and Owain chose the oldest of the three. She turned out to be Lyne, a woman who had always wanted to be a man and had made a lifetime study of knightly pursuits. She made Owain undergo ten months of intensive training at her home in Wales and then they set off to find adventure. He unhorsed thirty knights at a tournament and won the prize, riding on to the Castle of the Rock. Here lived the Lady of the Rock who had had all her property, except the Castle, taken from her by the brothers Edward and Hugh. Owain fought them both at once, killing Edward and forcing Hugh to surrender. The Lady of the Rock offered him the chance to live with her and run her regained estates but he chose to leave. At the crossroads, Lyne left him to await another knight errant she could train while Owain joined Gawain and Morholt and returned with them to Camelot where they were all made welcome by the king. He was one of the knights captured and imprisoned by Tarquin, who hated all Arthur's knights, until rescued by Lancelot. In Welsh stories, he appeared as Owein, in the dream of Rhonabwy playing a game of chess with King Arthur and in the story of the Lady of the Fountain. His 'army' consisted of 300 ravens given to him by Cenferchyn. When Cynon (or Colgrevaunce) was unhorsed by the Black Knight, Escalados, Owain met the victor and wounded him so severely that he died. He was rescued from prison by Luned who gave him a ring which made him invisible and Owain took over all the Black Knight's lands and his wife Laudine, the Lady of the Fountain, living with her for three years. At the end of that time, Arthur went in search of him and Kay met the Knight of the Fountain in single combat and was defeated. Each of Arthur's knights was defeated in turn and it was only when Gwalchmei fought him that they realised they were fighting Owain. He was reunited with Arthur and returned to his court for three years. When he realised how he had deserted his wife, he did penance (or went mad, some say) and lived the life of a mendicant, killing a dragon and taming the lion which had been fighting with it. His path crossed that of Luned once again and he rescued her from death at the stake. In some versions, he returned to the Lady of the Fountain, in others he was reunited with his wife and they lived together at Arthur's court. Some say that Owain married Laudine and, when he left with Arthur to return to Camelot, promised to return to her within a year. He failed to keep this promise and, when he finally did go back, she rejected him. It was then that he went mad. Other stories include a fight with Gawain when Owain set out to defend a lady robbed of her property by her elder sister. The two finally recognised each other, the fight was ended and Arthur settled the dispute between the sisters. En route to this adventure, Owain had released 300 ladies held captive in the Castle of Pesme Aventure by two demons who forced them to weave cloth. Also identified as Owain, Ewain, Ewain, Owain, Owain, Owain, Ivain, Ivain, Owain, Knight of the Lion, Knight of the Lion, Owain, Lady of the Fountain, Lady of the Fountain, Owein, Owein, Owen, Owen, Eoghan, Eoghan, Eoghan, Eoghan, Eoghan Beal, Eoghan mac Ailealla, Eoghan mac Durthacht, Eoghan Mor, Owain, Eoghan, Uwain, Uwain, Uwaine or Uwaine.
British - A Knight of the Round Table. Father of Chaus. He was the illegitimate son of Urien by the wife of his steward and thus half-brother to the other Owain. He was killed by Gawain whom he challenged to a joust. Occasionally identified as Owain, Ewain, Ewain, Owain, Owain, Owain, Ivain, Ivain, Owain, Knight of the Lion, Knight of the Lion, Owain, Lady of the Fountain, Lady of the Fountain, Owein, Owein, Owen, Owen, Eoghan, Eoghan, Eoghan, Eoghan, Eoghan Beal, Eoghan mac Ailealla, Eoghan mac Durthacht, Eoghan Mor, Owain, Eoghan, Uwain, Uwain, Uwaine or Uwaine.
British - Son of Macsen. He fought a duel with a giant in which they were both killed. At times, known as Owain, Ewain, Ewain, Owain, Owain, Owain, Ivain, Ivain, Owain, Knight of the Lion, Knight of the Lion, Owain, Lady of the Fountain, Lady of the Fountain, Owein, Owein, Owen, Owen, Eoghan, Eoghan, Eoghan, Eoghan, Eoghan Beal, Eoghan mac Ailealla, Eoghan mac Durthacht, Eoghan Mor, Owain, Eoghan, Uwain, Uwain, Uwaine or Uwaine.

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