The Mabinogion - Study Guide Culhwch and Olwen Summary & Analysis

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Goleuddydd is the sister of King Arthur. She dies but she makes her husband promise never to take another wife until a two-headed briar grows on her grave. After seven years, the king finds a double-headed briar, and makes war on a neighbouring king and takes his wife. However, he keeps his son Culhwch hidden. When she finds Culhwch, she puts a destiny on him that he shall have no other wife than Olwen, the daughter of Ysbaddaden Chief Giant.

Culhwch's father sends him to the court of Arthur for help. Culhwch reaches Arthur's court and demands entry. Glewlwyd the porter denies him entry. Culhwch insists on entering, saying that he will bring dishonour on the court. Arthur tells Glewlwyd to let Culhwch in.

Culhwch asks for his hair to be cut, and Arthur does. Arthur then recognises Culhwch and asks him to...

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