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In Welsh mythology , OLWEN is the daughter of the giant Ysbaddaden and cousin of Goreu . She is the heroine of the story Culhwch
Culhwch
and Olwen in the Mabinogion
Mabinogion
.

Her father is fated to die if she ever marries, so when Culhwch (sometimes spelled as Kilhwch) comes to court her, he is given a series of immensely difficult tasks which he must complete before he can win her hand. With the help of his cousin King Arthur
King Arthur
, Culhwch succeeds and the giant dies, allowing Olwen to marry her suitor.

The name "Olwen" reappears in the folktale Einion and Olwen, about a sheep herder who travels to the Otherworld to marry Olwen. The tale was collected at the turn of the 20th century but is certainly related to Culhwch
Culhwch
and Olwen.

The meaning of the name Olwen is "white footprint". According to legend , she was so gentle and fragile that white lilies would grow in her footprints.

Some authorities consider her to have been originally a solar goddess , based on the etymology of her name and light-related attributes.

Alternative spelling: Olwyn (name) .

NOTABLE PERSONS WITH THIS NAME

* Olwen Fouéré , Breton/Irish actress on stage and in film * Olwen Hufton , British historian of early modern Europe, women's history and social history * Olwen Kelly , Irish model and actress * Olwen Wymark , American playwright and author

SEE ALSO

* Welsh mythology in popular culture

REFERENCES

* ^ "Welsh ol "footprint, track" and gwen "white, fair, blessed"", cited from http://www.behindthename.com/name/olwen * ^ Simon Andrew Stirling, The Grail: Relic of an Ancient Religion, 2015 * ^ Patricia Monaghan, The Encyclopedia of Celtic Mythology and Folklore, page 433.

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Celtic mythology series

WELSH MYTHOLOGY

TEXTS AND TALES

FOUR BRANCHES OF THE MABINOGI

* Pwyll Pendefig Dyfed * Branwen ferch Llŷr * Manawydan fab Llŷr * Math fab Mathonwy

ARTHURIAN

* Culhwch and Olwen
Culhwch and Olwen
* Preiddeu Annwfn
Preiddeu Annwfn
* Owain, or the Lady of the Fountain * Geraint
Geraint
and Enid * Peredur son of Efrawg * The Dream of Rhonabwy * Geraint son of Erbin

OTHER

* Taliesin
Taliesin
* Cad Goddeu * Welsh Triads
Welsh Triads
* The Dream of Macsen Wledig * Englynion y Beddau * Giant tales * Lludd and Llefelys

CHARACTERS

* Afaon fab Taliesin
Taliesin
* Amaethon * Arawn * Arianrhod * Arthur * Afallach * Beli Mawr * Bleiddwn * Blodeuwedd
Blodeuwedd
* Bedwyr * Bendigeidfran * Branwen
Branwen
* Cai * Caradog ap Bran * Caswallawn * Ceridwen
Ceridwen
* Cyledr Wyllt * Cigfa * Creiddylad * Culhwch
Culhwch
* Cyhyraeth * Cynon * Dôn * Drudwas * Dylan ail Don * Dywel fab Erbin * Edern ap Nudd * Efnysien
Efnysien
* Elen * Elffin ap Gwyddno * Eliwlod * Eufydd * Euroswydd * Geraint
Geraint
* Gilfaethwy * Glewlwyd Gafaelfawr * Goewin * Gofannon * Goreu fab Custennin * Gronw Pebr
Gronw Pebr
* Gwawl * Gwern * Gwrhyr * Gwyddno Garanhir * Gwydion
Gwydion
* Gwyn ap Nudd * Gwythyr * Gwalchmei * Hafgan * Hefeydd * Hueil mab Caw * Hychddwn * Hyddwn * Iddog ap Mynio * Idris * Llefelys * Lleu * Llŷr
Llŷr
* Lludd * Llwyd * Mabon * Madoc ap Uthyr * Macsen Wledig * Mallt-y-Nos * Manawydan * Math * Matholwch * Menw * Modron * Morfydd * Morfran * Nisien * Olwen * Penarddun * Penpingion * Peredur * Pryderi
Pryderi
* Pwyll
Pwyll
* Rhiannon
Rhiannon
* Saint Cyllin * Saint Eigen * Sanddef * Seithenyn * Taliesin
Taliesin
* Tegid Foel * Teyrnon * Ysbaddaden
Ysbaddaden

Animals and creatures

* Adar Llwch Gwin * Adar Rhiannon
Rhiannon
* Afanc * Cavall
Cavall
(Cafall, Cabal) * Ceffyl Dŵr * Cewri * Coblynau * Coraniaid * Cŵn Annwn * Cyhyraeth * Dreigiau * Gwyllgi * Gwyllion * Llamhigyn y Dŵr * Morgens * Plentyn Newid * Pwca * Twrch Trwyth
Twrch Trwyth
* Tylwyth Teg

LOCATIONS

* Annwn
Annwn
* Cornwall
Cornwall
( Celliwig ) * Caer Sidi * Cantre\'r Gwaelod * Dyfed
Dyfed
(Arberth , Gwales ) * Gwynedd
Gwynedd
( Aberffraw
Aberffraw
, Arfon , Ardudwy , Caer Dathyl ) * Ireland
Ireland
* London
London
( Ludgate
Ludgate
)

MISCELLANEOUS

* Excalibur
Excalibur
(Caledfwlch) * Cauldron of rebirth * Llech Ronw * Thirteen Treasures of the Island of Britain

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King Arthur
King Arthur
and the Matter of Britain
Matter of Britain

KEY PEOPLE

* King Arthur
King Arthur
* Constantine * Sir Ector
Sir Ector
* Gawain
Gawain
* Gorlois * Queen Guinevere
Guinevere
* Igraine
Igraine
* Iseult
Iseult
* Lady of the Lake
Lady of the Lake
* Lancelot
Lancelot
* King Lot * King Mark * Merlin
Merlin
* Mordred
Mordred
* Morgan le Fay
Morgan le Fay
* Morgause * Percival
Percival
* Tristan
Tristan
* Uther Pendragon
Uther Pendragon

Knights of the Round Table
Round Table

* Aglovale * Agravain * Bagdemagus * Bedivere
Bedivere
* Bors
Bors
* Breunor (La Cote Mal Taillée) * Calogrenant * Caradoc * Dagonet * Dinadan
Dinadan
* Elyan the White * Erec * Gaheris * Galahad
Galahad
* Gareth
Gareth
* Geraint
Geraint
* Griflet * Hector de Maris * Hoel
Hoel
* Kay * Lamorak * Leodegrance * Lionel * Lucan * Maleagant * Morholt * Palamedes * Pelleas * Pellinore * Safir * Sagramore * Segwarides * Tor * Urien
Urien
* Ywain
Ywain
* Ywain
Ywain
the Bastard

OTHER CHARACTERS

* Sir Balin * Sir Balan * King Ban * Claudas * Culhwch
Culhwch
* Dindrane * Elaine of Astolat * Elaine of Corbenic
Elaine of Corbenic
* Fisher King * Galehaut * Hellawes * Black Knight * Green Knight * Red Knight * Lohengrin
Lohengrin
* Emperor Lucius * Olwen * Questing Beast * Rience * Tom Thumb
Tom Thumb

OBJECTS

* Excalibur
Excalibur
* Holy Grail
Holy Grail
* Round Table
Round Table
* Siege Perilous

PLACES

* Astolat * Avalon
Avalon
* Brocéliande
Brocéliande
(Paimpont ) * Caerleon
Caerleon
* Camelot
Camelot
* Celliwig * Corbenic * Glastonbury
Glastonbury
* Logres * Lyonesse
Lyonesse
* Sarras * Tintagel
Tintagel

IN MEDIA

* Books * Films * Various media

TOPICS

* Battle of Badon * Battle of Camlann
Battle of Camlann
* Dolorous Stroke * King Arthur\'s family * Historicity of King Arthur
King Arthur
* King Arthur\'s messianic return

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