Olwen
Welsh: White Track

Daughter of Ysbaddaden Penkawr, won as wife by Culhwch. Likely a spring goddess, contested by the old (her father) and new (her husband) year. Also that her father's name means "hawthorn," the first tree to blossom in the spring, may be an indication of this.

Another--oral--tradition says that it was a lad named Einion who won her, and their son was Taliesin.


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