Gwyn the Hunter was a herald of death in the land of Prydain. He rode the countryside with his pack of hounds, blowing a hunting horn to announce impending doom on the battlefield. Prince Gwydion told Taran of Caer Dallben that "where he rides, slaughter follows". Gwyn would watch combat from a distance, "marking the fall of warriors".

Prior to battles, Gwyn's horn played "long, clear notes" that could pierce the breast "like a cold blade of terror". They echoed in the hills and resonated with grief and loss. The bays and bells of his dogs carried a lonely and forlorn sound.

Prophecy... or Warning?

The Prince of Don further explained that Gwyn's horn was not a certain prophecy for all who heard it. "Take it as a warning," he told the fearful Assistant Pig-Keeper, "for whatever profit that knowledge may be." Listening too long to the echoes could drive a person to bleak, wandering despair.

It remains unknown which cantrev lord, if any, Gwyn served. Gwydion said of this matter: "Gwyn owes allegiance to a lord unknown even to me, and one perhaps greater than Arawn." By this, the Prince might have meant God, Satan or the spirit of Death itself.

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.