Pryderi and Adoption

Gwydion kills Pryderi in single combat. By Edward Wallcousins


Pryderi is one of the main characters in the Welsh national epic, The Mabinogion. He was born the son of Pwyll and Rhiannon, but he disappeared immediately after his birth, taken by a mysterious power to the court of Teyrnon Twrf Liant, where he was named Gwri Wallt Eurin and fostered for four years. He was enormously strong as a child, like Heracles.

When Teyrnon realized who the child's parents were, he returned him. He was renamed Pryderi by his mother. He grew up handsome, fair and master of all manly arts, and succeeded his father as king-prince of Dyfed.


Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales, edited by Meic Stephens. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986) The Mabinogion, translated by Gwyn Jones and Thomas Jones. (London: Dent, 1949) (Everyman's Library) Y Mabinogion, diweddariad gan Dafydd Ifans a Rhiannon Ifans. (Llandysul: Gwasg Gomer, 1980)