Pryderi

Welsh - A prince of Dyfed. Son of Pwyll and Rhiannon. Husband of Cigfa. A few days after Pwyll's son was born it disappeared and Rhiannon was accused of having eaten it when in fact, the boy had been stolen and left at the stable of Teyrnon who christened him Gwri Golden-hair and reared him. A few years later, Teyrnon learned the truth and returned the boy to his rightful parents who called him Pryderi. When Manawydan, one of the seven survivors, returned from Ireland where he had taken part in Bran's expedition to rescue his sister Branwen from the hands of Matholwch, he married the aging but still beautiful widow, Rhiannon, Pryderi's mother. When all the things in Wales started mysteriously to disappear, Pryderi and his wife Cigfa, together with Manawydan and Rhiannon, went to England where they all worked at various trades but, rousing the enmity of local tradesmen, soon returned to Wales. Pryderi and Rhiannon mysteriously disappeared and when Manawydan set up in farming his land was overrun by a plague of mice. He caught the largest mouse and was about to hang it when a bishop offered a large ransom for the mouse who was in fact his wife. The 'bishop' was the magician Llwyd who had put a spell on the countryside to avenge the rejection of Gwawl who had been a suitor for the hand of Rhiannon at the time she had married Pwyll. With the mouse freed and restored as the magician's wife, the spell was lifted, Pryderi and Rhiannon reappeared and life returned to normal. Pryderi owned a herd of marvellous pigs and when Gwydion and Gilfaethwy offered him a herd of horses and greyhounds in exchange he agreed to the deal but soon discovered that these animals were an illusion created by the magic of Gwydion and he marched on Gwynedd to recover the pigs which Gwydion had given to the king, Math. In the ensuing struggle, Pryderi was killed by Gwydion in single combat. In another version, the duel was a contest in shape-changing which ended when Pryderi finally became a salmon and swam away. In some references, called Pryderi, Phyderi, Phyderi, Guri, Guri or Gwri.

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