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Gwenhwyach verch Gogrfan Gawr, {Fictitious}

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Daughter of Gorgrfan Fawr, the Giant, Early Welsh Texts
Sister of Gwenhwyfar, King Arthur's Third Wife, Early Welsh Texts

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About Gwenhwyach, Guinevere's Sister, Early Welsh Texts

In one of the Welsh Triads *(FOLKLORE/MYTHOLOGY) (Trioedd Ynys Prydein, no. 56), there were three Gwenhwyfars who were married to King Arthur; the first was the daughter of Cywryd of Gwent, the second of Gwythyr ap Greidawl, and the third of (G)ogrfan Gawr ("the Giant"),[7]).

 In a variant of another Welsh Triad (Trioedd Ynys Prydein, no. 54), there is only one Gwenhwyfar mentioned, the daughter of Gogfran Gawr. In two other Triads (Trioedd Ynys Prydein, no. 53, 84), mention is made of Gwenhwyfar's contention with her sister Gwenhwyfach, which was believed to be the cause of the Battle of Camlann. In the Welsh Romance Culhwch ac Olwen, she is mentioned alongside of her sister Gwenhwyfach. In Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae, she is one of the great beauties of Britain, descended from a noble Roman family and educated under duke Cador of Cornwall


Gwenhwyfar ferch Lleudd Eugfran (?)1

b. circa 490

Father Lleudd Eugfran (?) b. circa 460

    Gwenhwyfar ferch Lleudd Eugfran (?) was born circa 490.1 She was the daughter of Lleudd Eugfran (?). Gwenhwyfar ferch Lleudd Eugfran (?) married King of the Britons Arthwyr Pendragon, son of King of the Britons Uthyr Pendragon and Ygerna verch Amlawdd o Dumnonia, circa 510.1


King of the Britons Arthwyr Pendragon b. circa 480, d. 537


[S266] EBK, online

Guinever's sister, in the Middle Welsh and Latin poetry written before Geoffrey of Monmouth; Culhwch and Owain, for instance, and the Vita Iltuti.

Culhwch and Owain is included in the Mabinogion, and can be read in English in the translation by Gwyn Jones and Thomas Jones, published in 1949.

Vita Iltuti has most recently been published by Brepols, 2011.

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