Also known as Rhicca Cawr, Ricca, Ritho.
- Celtic (culture)
- Giant (attribute)
- Rural (attribute)
- Deadly (behaviour)
A formidable Giant from Wales. He caused terror across the Welsh countryside of Yr Wyddfa Fawr, challenging chieftains to combat. He slew many men and he cut off their beards which was sewn together to form a cloak as a trophy. He then sent a message to King Arthur to give up his beard to the Giant or else the Giant would do battle with him and win his beard anyway. King Arthur accepted the challenge. The two fought a tough fight but King Arthur got the upper hand and won, kicking the Giant down a path called Rhiw Barfe meaning ‘The Way of the Bearded One’. A cairn was erected where the Giant lay called Gwyddha Rhita meaning ‘Rhita’s cairn’ but this stone was destroyed many centuries later to make room for a hotel.
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