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Annwn Arawn Cŵn Annwn Dyfed First Branch Hafgan Pwyll The Mabinogion Uncategorized

How Arawn created the summerland

In the First Branch of the Mabinogi, Pwyll, king of Dyfed, puts himself into a debt of honour to Arawn, one of the two kings of the Otherworld, by rudely (and against the rules of royal etiquette) driving Arawn’s hounds – the hounds of another king, equal in honour – away from a cornered deer, and setting his own hounds upon it instead.

To erase the insult and gain Arawn’s friendship, Pwyll must take on Arawn’s appearance, and rule his kingdom in Annwn for a year and a day. At the end of this time, he must – in his guise of Arawn – fight and defeat the other king of Annwn: Hafgan.

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Gwyn ap Nudd and the Forest

In my post about Gwyn ap Nudd and the Burning Tree, I explained why the members of Gwyn’s court wear clothes of red and forest-green.