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  • Celtic Celtic (culture)
  • Forest Dweller Forest Dweller (attribute)
  • Deadly Deadly (behaviour)

A gargantuan boar from Welsh folklore. He features in the adventures of Culhwch and Olwen in Mabinogion. The Celtic hero Culhwch asks the Giant Ysbaddaden for Olwen’s hand in marriage. Ysbaddaden sets many anoethu (impossible tasks) for Culhwch to carry out in order to marry his daughter, Olwen. One of these tasks was to gain the tusks of Ysgithyrwyn and another to obtain the razor, shears and comb from the hair of the boar Twrch Trwyth. He was then to give Ysbaddaden a shave with these tools. With the help of his cousin, King Arthur, Culhwch is able to defeat Ysgithyrwyn and gain the tusks. After a long chase an intensive fight, it is King Arthur’s dog Cafall that finally kills Ysgithyrwyn.

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