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Blodeuwedd - OilBlodeuwedd is the Welsh goddess of spring created from flowers to be the wife of Lleu. She was created by the great magicians Math and Gwydion to be Lleu's mate, in response to a curse pronounced by his mother that he would never have a wife from any race then on the Earth. They fashioned Blodeuwedd from nine types of blossom - oak, meadowsweet, broom, cockle, bean, nettle, chestnut, primrose, and hawthorn - and breathed life into her. She proved treacherous to Lleu, and she and her lover Gronw Pebyr plotted against him, killing the invulnerable Lleu by tricking him into the only pose in which he could be harmed. Blodeuwedd was punished for this by being transformed into a tawny owl - though she still kept her name. Blodeuwedd, meaning 'Flower-face', is the Welsh name for an owl.
Pronunciation: blod EYE weth ('th' as in 'weather')
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