White horse

Geraint and Enid

Also known as Geraint, son of Erbin, the tale is one of the three Welsh romances associated with the Mabinogion.

The story appears in both the White Book and Red Book. As with many early Welsh legends, parallels can be drawn with the 12th century poems of Chrétien de Troyes, in this case Erec and Enide.

It is a love story between Geraint and Enid. Early on in the tale the pair marry and settle down, but rumors spread that Geraint has lost his fighting edge. Beset by sorrow, Enid cries that she is not a true wife for keeping her husband from his chivalric duties.

Geraint misunderstands her comments, thinking she means she has committed adultery. He takes her on a long and dangerous trip, forbidding her from speaking to him. However, several times she warns her husband of danger.

In the adventures that follow, Enid proves her love and Geraint asserts his fighting ability. The couple is happily reconciled in the end, with Geraint taking control over his father's kingdom.

Chwedlau Myrddin

Ynys Gudd Morgana

Stori Ynys Gudd Morgana

Ewch ar anturiaethau gyda'r cymeriadau yn ein straeon a gemau.

Wales arts

Catrin Dafydd (Image © Catrin Howells)

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