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Culhwch

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Culhwch is a hero in the model of Heracles—just one difference: he's Welsh. He embarked on a series of quests with his BFFs, King Arthur and his knights, in order to win the hand of a fair maiden, Olwen. His wifey is the love of his life, but Culhwch also adores heading out on the open road to beat up a monster or two. From hunting down boars to rescuing a princess, Culhwch has done it all.

Basic Information

Name

Culhwch

Nickname

Big C, Mr. How Do I Pronounce Your Name? (P.S. it's kil-hoock)

Sex

Male

Current city

My palace in Wales

Work & Education

Occupation

Warrior and full-time quester

Education

I learned about chivalry from King Arthur and about adventure from my quests.

Beliefs

Political views

I support Arthur as High King of Britain. It helps that I'm his cousin.

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

King Cilydd son of Celydonn and Goleuddydd (who died when I was born). I've got a mean stepmom, though.

Siblings

Just a stepsister. My stepmother wanted me to marry her own daughter by her first marriage. I said no, which ticked off the stepmonster.

Children

We haven't thought about kids yet.

Friends

Some of my BFFs were from the court of my cousin King Arthur. They included Sirs Kay, Bedivere, and Gawain, and they helped me on my quest to win Olwen. My other pals that helped me out are Cynddylig, who kept me from getting lost, and Gwrhyr, who knows every language Rosetta Stone offers a course on.

Enemies

The giant Ysbaddaden, who kept me from Olwen; his daughter; and my stepmother who cursed me

Relationships

Relationship status

In love with Olwen

Interested in

Just Olwen. Thanks to my stepmother's curse, she's the only woman I'll ever love.

Favorites

TV Shows

Camelot
This reminds me a lot of my first visit to Camelot.
Supernatural
The Sopranos
David Blaine: What is Magic?
Who doesn't love a good magic trick? Awesome.

Quotations

"Love is my religion—I could die for it."
– John Keats

"There's gonna be times when people tell you that you can't live your dreams. This is what I tell them: 'Never Say Never.'"
– Justin Bieber

"There's a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out."
– Lou Reed

"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others." 

– Pericles

Books

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Scrooge reminds me of my stepmother.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
Caspian's journey was as epic as mine.
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
All's Well that Ends Well by William Shakespeare
All's well that ends well, since I got the girl.
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Poor Hester.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
My bro-in-arms goes green.
Inferno by Dante Alighieri
Even I didn't get far with Beatrice.
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

Music

Dancing Queenby ABBA
Olwen's my dancing queen.
Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud) by James Brown
I say it loud: I'm Welsh and I'm proud!
This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie
My kingdom is my land.
I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
I managed to survive all the ordeals Ysbaddaden put on me…thanks to my friends.
I Don't Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith
Go West by Pet Shop Boys
The Humpty Dance by Digital Underground
1234 by Feist
Such a catchy song.

Movies

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
I was the Welsh outsider with my cousin's court.
Armageddon
Babe
My mom was terrified of pigs. After coming across a herd of piggies, she gave birth and dropped me off with pig handlers.
Notting Hill
So romantic!
Wild Boar Hunt
I love this title—only heroes could understand how hard boar hunts are.
The Iron Giant
The Dark Knight
The Quest
I love movies that I can relate to.

Activities & Interests

Likes

Romantic comedies
Bro hugs
Late night horseback rides
White flowers (that spring up from Olwen's feet when she walks)
Oil paintings

Interests

Mythography
Folkloristics
Welsh studies
Animal cognition
Veterinary studies

Groups

Mythic Heroes
Spells, Rituals, and Incantations
King Arthur
Welsh Pembroke Corgi

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