Welsh Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of Wales

BLODEUWEDD

Welsh legendary mortal

Also known as Blodeuedd

Goddess conjured up using Welsh Wizardry by Math and Gwydion from oak blossoms and meadowsweet

This was all because a wife was needed for Lleu Llaw Gyffes as his mother Arianrhod was adamant her son could not marry a mortal. However Blodeuwedd turned out to be flighty and not very nice with it. She found a lordly lover and together they plotted to kill Lleu Llaw Gyffes.

This was no easy task as Lleu Llaw Gyffes could only be killed with a spear that took a year to make, and then only if he was standing with one foot on a goat or some other edible animal and the other on a bath tub edge. This takes some serious planning.

The would-be assassins almost pulled it off, but at the crucial moment Lleu Llaw Gyffes managed to turn into an eagle and fly away.

Math and Gwydion were not pleased to hear about this and turned Blodeuwedd into an owl, which in the circumstances they thought was rather a hoot.

Blodeuwedd Facts and Figures

Name: Blodeuwedd
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Blodeuedd

Gender: Female
Type: legendary mortal
Area or people: Welsh
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

Role: Unknown at present

Good/Evil Rating: BAD, best avoided
Popularity index: 887

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Article last revised on May 19, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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