Welsh Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of Wales

PWYLL

Welsh legendary mortal

Also known as Pwyll Pen Annwn

An important Welsh chieftain, he mixed with the high and mighty

His first clash came when he was hunting near Beyond and saw some white hounds with red ears cornering a stag. He drove them off with his own hounds, only to be confronted by Arawn, owner of the hounds, the land and of course the stag.

Acknowledging and apologizing for this terrible breach of etiquette, Pwyll agreed to a job swap for a year whereby he ran Annwn, and Arawn ran Pwyll’s Kingdom, with the proviso that Pwyll was expected to have a go at Arawn’s enemy Havgan who could only be killed by a single blow. And there was to be no wife-swapping.

Pwyll did well and zapped Havgan. Then he realized he had missed out on the wife-swapping deal. Feeling it was time he was married, he wed Rhiannon. Then things went a bit haywire.

Pwyll Facts and Figures

Name: Pwyll
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Pwyll Pen Annwn

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

Role: Unknown at present

Good/Evil Rating: OKAY, not bad
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Article last revised on May 23, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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