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Culhwch ac Olwen‘Culhwch and Olwen’

  • Middle Welsh
  • prose
  • Mabinogion
  • Middle Welsh
prose (primary)




protagonist of Culhwch ac Olwen; son of Cilydd ab Celyddon and Goleuddydd; cousin of Arthur.
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King ArthurKing Arthur
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Twrch TrwythTwrch Trwyth
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Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] Bromwich, Rachel, and D. Simon Evans [eds.], Culhwch and Olwen: an edition and study of the oldest Arthurian tale, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1992.
[ed.] Foster, Idris Llewelyn, Rachel Bromwich, and D. Simon Evans [eds.], Culhwch ac Olwen, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1988.
[tr.] Davies, Sioned [tr.], The Mabinogion, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
[tr.] Ford, Patrick K., The Mabinogi and other medieval Welsh tales, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1977.
[tr.] Jones, Gwyn, and Thomas Jones [tr.], The Mabinogion, 2nd ed., Everyman’s Library, 97, London: Dent, 1974.
[tr.] Gantz, Jeffrey [tr.], The Mabinogion, Penguin Classics, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1976.

Secondary sources (select)

Roberts, Brynley F., “Culhwch ac Olwen, the triads, saints' lives”, in: Rachel Bromwich, A. O. H. Jarman, and Brynley F. Roberts (eds), The Arthur of the Welsh. The Arthurian legend in medieval Welsh literature, 1, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1991. 73–95.
Rodway, Simon, “The date and authorship of Culhwch ac Olwen: a reassessment”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 49 (Summer, 2005): 21–44.
Edel, Doris, Helden auf Freiersfüßen. 'Tochmarc Emire' und 'Mal y kavas Kulhwch Olwen'. Studien zur frühen Inselkeltischen Erzähltradition, Verhandelingen der Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen. Afd. Letterkunde N. R., 107, Amsterdam, 1980.
Edel, Doris, “The Arthur of Culhwch and Olwen as a figure of epic-heroic tradition”, Reading Medieval Studies 9 (1983): 3–15.
Edel, Doris, “The catalogues in Culhwch ac Olwen and insular Celtic learning”, Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies 30 (1983): 253–267.
Ford, Patrick K., “A highly important pig”, in: Ann T. E. Matonis, and Daniel F. Melia (eds), Celtic language, Celtic culture: a festschrift for Eric P. Hamp, Van Nuys, California: Ford & Bailie, 1990. 292–304.
Dennis Groenewegen
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November 2010, last updated: January 2021