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Pryderi

by Karen Davis
Pryderi ("worry") was the son of Pwyll of Dyfed and Rhiannon, a woman of the otherworld. He was kidnapped at his birth, rescued by Teirnon, and restored to his parents. He grew to manhood in seven years. He married Cigva and reigned in Dyfed after his father's death. He invited his mother's second husband, Manawydan, son of Llyr, to live in Dyfed after their marriage. One day, all of Dyfed turned into a wasteland, and only Rhiannon, Manawydan, Pryderi, and his wife Cigfa, were spared. Manawydan and Pryderi out hunting followed an enormous white boar into a caer, where Pryderi saw a golden bowl; when he touched it, he was enspelled. Rhiannon went after him and fell under the same spell; the caer then vanished, taking them with it. Manawydan and Cigva eventually captured a mouse which was really the wife of Llwyd, an enemy of Rhiannon's, and the spells were lifted. Dyfed was restored, and Pryderi ruled for many years.

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