Nudd NI– (– is pronouned as "th" in "leather")

Welsh: modern "fog" or "mist", but actually derived from Nodens, meaning "catcher".

Son of Don and Beli, a king of Britain in legend. His sons are Gwyn ap Nudd, Edern ap Nudd, Nwyfre, Avarwy, and Afleth; a daughter is Creiddylad. He is equivalent to the Irish Nuada, but only under the name Lludd Llaw Ereint, to whom the mythology is attatched in the story "Cyfranc Lludd a Lleuelys".

I am of the contention that Lludd is a confusion of the gods Nudd and Llyr. My reasoning is that the roles of the gods of the Children of Don and of the Children of Llyr overlap, and that a certain amount of confluence may have occured. For instance, in some legends, Creiddylad/Cordelia is said to be the daughter of Lludd Llaw Ereint, and in some the daughter of Llyr/Lear; Gwyn ap Nudd is said to be the son of Nudd and the son of Lludd.


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