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#1 KalebKellum

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Posted 04 August 2004 - 04:58 PM

This legend comes from England. Gwyn Ap Nudd, or the Wild Huntsman as it is also known, is supposed to be a mighty spirit that guards a region of England called Glastonbury Tor, which is believed by many to be the site of Camelot.

The Huntsman is said to guard the grave of King Arthur. Carved on a tree in Glastonbury was the following message:

"Here lies Arthur, our once and future King."
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Posted 04 August 2004 - 05:53 PM

i think i've read something about this before in one of the king arthur books i used to read back in the dy. i've also read a legend that when england is threatened, kind arthur will rise to defend his country from peril.
 alas, i don't remember much about the gwyn ap nudd, though i remember something similar to that. to the internet!
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Posted 05 August 2004 - 01:49 AM

Gwyn ap Nudd is a shadowy figure descended from the old Celtic gods (his father Nudd was the Romano-British Nodens), who appears as one of Arthur's men helping him in Culhwch and Olwen, and later becomes the Otherworld king and a fairy figure.
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Posted 05 August 2004 - 01:05 PM

Good post Andy, I had forgotten all about the King of Fairies concept.
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Posted 06 August 2004 - 11:16 AM

Originally a Celtic god, the son of Nodens; in later belief, a warrior. He and his followers fought the followers of Gwythr, son of Greidawl, for the maiden Creiddyled. To stop the general bloodshed, Arthur made an agreement for the pair of them to fight each other at May Kalends (or May Day) until Doomsday. The winner then would obtain the hand of Creiddyled. Arthur made Gwyn ruler of the demons of Annwn to stop them destroying humanity. Another story makes Gwyn suffer defeat by Saint Collen on Glastonbury Tor. He seems originally to have been the ruler of an Otherworld realm, of which Glastonbury Tor may have been a portal.

# 454: He leads the Wild Hunt. In Welsh legend he is the Lord of the Dead. He abducted Creiddylad, over whom he fought with Gwythyr ap Greidawl. According to the medieval legend of Saint Collen, Gwynn inhabited an otherworld kingdom whose gateway was Glastonbury Tor.

# 100: The reputed king of the underworld since the earliest of the Arthurian Romances, KILHWCH AND OLWEN, appeared in the MABINOGION. there he is listed in the Court of King Arthur, but was said also to be confined to the underworld, where it was his duty to control the imprisoned devils and prevent them from destroying mankind. He had clearly been a Celtic Pluto. As time went on he dwindled to a fairy and became king of the Plant Annwn, the subterranean fairies. Evans Wentz, in his FAIRY-FAITH IN CELTIC COUNTRIES, mentions him in his examination of King Arthur and his followers as early Celtic gods dwindled into fairies, and a more sober assessment of him is given by John Rhys in CELTIC FOLKLORE.

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Posted 06 August 2004 - 11:19 AM

I am going to have to study stories about the UK. There are more ghosts/spirits over there then over here, lol.

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Posted 06 August 2004 - 12:06 PM

The south-Welsh god of the underworld. He abducted Creiddylad when she eloped with Gwythr ap Greidawl. She had long been fought over by the followers of Gwynn and Gwythr. This fight (which started on May Day) is believed to represent the seasonal contest between summer and winter.
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Posted 08 August 2004 - 10:22 AM

Great posts everyone. I love European folk-lore as I've said a million times before.
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