Origin of the name PRYDWEN.
Etymology of the name PRYDWEN.
Meaning of the baby name PRYDWEN.
The name of King Arthur's ship, possibly meaning "the Britain."
(See notes below)
ship is mentioned several times in the course of the tale of "Kilhwch and
Olwen." Its name was Prydwen, and under that appellation it is
alluded to by Taliesin in his Preidden Annwn, the Spoils of Hell.
In that mystical poem, which appears to be full of allusions to
traditions now no longer intelligible, various expeditions, consisting
of as many warriors as would have thrice filled Prydwen, are represented
as setting forth on different enterprises, from each of which only seven
The ancient chroniclers speak of these treasures of
Arthur's with due reverence. Sometimes, however, they bestow the
name of Prydwen on his shield instead of his ship. (Mabinogion,
Davies thinks that Prydwen means "the
ark," from Prûd = κοσμος, and
Wen, a female: the Lady of the world. I am more
disposed to think the bard means Britain, and that the Druids adorned
their own island with a name which has since been universally
adopted. In the poem Mic Dinbych, Ysgrifen Brydain is translated,
the writings of Britain; but a note suggests, "The writings of
Prydain, who was the same as Hu-God." The two words are
certainly interchangeable; for in the preceding stanza, Britain is
written Prydain, which is surely the same as Prydwen.—Davies' Celt.
Myth. p. 510. (The Doctrine of the Deluge, Harcourt, 1838)