"How Culhwch won Olwen"
1st century BC depiction of a boar (Celtic Museum, Hallein)
GNU Free Documentation License1st century BC depiction of a boar (Celtic Museum, Hallein) - Credit: Wolfgang Sauber

Culhwch ('pigsty') is so named because he was born where a swineherd was tending pigs.

Olwen (‘white track’) is so named because four white clovers would spring up wherever she walked.

Culhwch may also be translated as ‘lean pig/boar’. It has been suggested that Culhwch may have associations with the Celtic god Moccus (the Gaulish word for ‘boar’ or ‘pig’) who is equated with the Roman god Mercury.

 

White clover (Trifolium repens)
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