Rhiannon

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In Welsh mythology Rhiannon is the name of a queen, a daughter of Hefeydd. She figures in the first and third Branches of the Mabinogion. In the first part, she is married to Pwyll, in the third part to Manawydan.

Scholars of comparative mythology have compared her to the horse goddess Epona of Gallo-Roman religion.

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The Welsh name Rhiannon appears to be derived from the Proto-Celtic *rīganī "queen" in combination with the augmentive suffix -on.[1] The Romano-British form of this name, if it had existed at that stage, would likely have been *Rīgantonā.[2] It is possible that it also comes from the Welsh "Rhian Annwn", meaning daughter (or maiden) of Annwn, the otherworld of the Mabinogi.[citation needed]

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