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You can spot Rhiannon galloping about Wales on her sturdy white steed. You probably won't be able to catch up to her, though, since her horse is totally magical and can run faster than any normal four-legged creature. When she's not sprinting around, she loves spending time with her son, Pryderi. As queen of Dyfed, Rhiannon doesn't mind toting her crown and scepter around—even though her daughter-in-law now holds the role.

Basic Information

NicknameRhi Rhi
Current cityAt the court of Dyfed in Arberth

Work & Education

OccupationQueen of Dyfed
EducationI learned how to ride horses—and rule—from the gods of Wales!


Political viewsI love being a queen!

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

ParentsMy father is Hefaidd Hen; I don't know my mother.
ChildrenPryderi; my daughter-in-law, Cigfa
FriendsPwyll, my singing birds
EnemiesGwawl, the magic bowl that froze me. Not cool.


Relationship statusMarried first to Pwyll, king of Dyfed (his name means "good judgment," which he showed by marrying me); then married to Manawydan (a.k.a. Manannan mac Lir)
Interested inMen


Quotations"But what truly horsey girls discover in the end is that boyfriends, husbands, children, and careers are the substitute for horses."
– Jane Smiley, A Year at the Races: Reflections on Horses, Humans, Love, Money, and Luck

"In Wales it's brilliant. I go to the pub and see everybody who I went to school with. And everybody goes 'So what you doing now?' And I go, 'Oh, I'm doing a film with Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins.' And they go, 'Ooh, good.' And that's it."
– Catherine Zeta-Jones

"I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry."
– Rita Rudner

"To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job."
– Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex
BooksThe Handmaiden's Tale by Margaret Atwood
I've had to act as a servant… it stinks.
Electra by Sophocles
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
I think Pryderi went to Hogwarts.
Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
Pwyll and Pryderi bonded over this book.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
What are the perks, really?
Much Ado about Nothing by William Shakespeare
The Tower of Ravens by Kate Forsyth
The main character's named after me!
The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
There Is No Dog by Meg Rosoff
… but there is a horse!
Animal Farm by George Orwell
MusicRhiannon by Fleetwood Mac
My favorite song. Duh.
Horse Right Now by DJ Fresh Foods
Fields of Gold by Celtic Woman
I am THE Celtic Woman.
Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Pryderi is pretty lucky to have me as his mom.
Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
Imagine by John Lennon
Silver Stallion by Cat Power
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
MoviesThe Horse Whisperer
Silver Linings Playbook
There really is a silver lining to everything… even if you don't live in Wales.
The Lion in Winter
I like watching his marriage break up… considering that the Plantagenets weren't great to the Welsh.
Robin Hood
The Help
One of the best horse movies ever made.
National Velvet
Black Beauty
I may own a white horse, but I still love this movie.
TV ShowsMade in Wales
The Celts
I love Ross and Rachel!

Activities & Interests

LikesTrail rides
Birds chirping
My kid
Horse racing
ActivitiesHorseback riding
Leading men on merry chases
Giving piggyback rides
Practicing dressage
InterestsHippology (study of horses)
Ornithology (study of birds)
Child development
Magical studies
GroupsWelsh Sport Horses International
Dyfed Shire Horse Farm
Cute Babies Photos Collection
I Love Wales

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