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    Take a trip to the (not-so)-dark side to visit Arawn, lord of the Otherworld. His realm is called Annwn, but just because he's the king of all things awesome doesn't mean he only stays there. Arawn likes to take day trips to go hunting—you can often find him in the neighboring kingdom of Dyfed, chilling with his pal Pwyll, or chasing a deer with his really loud hunting hounds.

    Basic Information




    Arry, Rawn

    Current city

    Annwn's capital

    Work & Education


    King of Annwn, the Otherworld


    Royal schooling is the best


    Political views

    I want to rule solo over Annwn—which is why I had Pwyll do in Hafgan!

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)


    I don't know them—I'm an independent man.






    Pwyll, my hunting dogs


    Amaethon, Hafgan


    Relationship status

    Married to a nameless, lovely queen

    Interested in

    Ghostly gals


    TV Shows

    I think I know this kid from somewhere...
    The Tudors
    Home, sweet home!
    Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed
    I'm learning to do more than just switch people's bodies.


    "Nye scuttled over. "Mr Scapegrace, you know the procedure cannot be repeated, your brains are in far too deteriorated a condition."
    "You! Gave! Me! The! Wrong! Body!'"
    -Derek Landy, Kingdom of the Wicked

    "You're from a whole 'nother world
    A different dimension
    You open my eyes"
    -Katy Perry, "E.T."

    "There's such a unique humour in Wales that I just love and miss in Los Angeles."
    -Matthew Rhys

    "My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake."


    William Golding— Lord of the Flies
    Talk about rough!
    William Gibson— Neuromancer
    I'm the master of magic.
    Gail Carson Levine— Ella Enchanted
    So charming. Even I love it.
    Seth Grahame-Smith— Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
    Jack London— The Call of the Wild
    William Shakespeare— Macbeth
    This was one bad king.
    J.R.R. Tolkien— The Two Towers
    George R.R. Martin— A Game of Thrones
    I have a crush on Daenerys.
    Suzanne Collins— Catching Fire
    Bram Stoker— Dracula


    "Battle Hymn of the Republic"
    What king doesn't love a good battle?
    A Tribe Called Quest—"Can I Kick It?"
    James Brown—"Papa's Got a Brand New Bag"
    Well, it's technically Pwyll's.
    Kanye West—"Monster"
    Hafgan was a monster. By the time Pwyll and I were done with him, he had no head.
    Tina Turner—"What's Love Got to Do with It"
    Lupe Fiasco—"Words I Never Said"
    Bon Jovi—"Livin' on a Prayer"
    I lived on a prayer and magic in Dyfed as Pwyll.
    Dolly Parton—"9 to 5"
    Being lord of Annwn is a 24-hour job, but I still like this song.


    This movie isn't that realistic. Trust me.
    The Black Cauldron
    A Child's Christmas in Wales
    Y Mabinogi
    My story. The best story.
    Colin Farrell's my Celtic buddy.
    Moby Dick
    The Otherworld
    The Dark Knight Rises

    Activities & Interests


    Friendly Welsh kings
    Fleet stags
    Friends that keep their hands off my wife


    Wildlife biology
    Veterinary studies
    Welsh studies
    Ceremonial magic


    Otherworld Apothecary, Switching Places,
    Go, Welshmen, Go!, Hunting

  • Spotter's Guide

    Arawn is usually out riding, inspecting his kingdom or hunting in the woods. Occasionally, he pops over to the human realm to visit his old friend Pwyll in Dyfed. He's also often in his castle, ruling well over his people. He's a busy guy, so you might want to make an appointment before trying to meet with him. Or at least call his assistant.

    Physical Appearance

    Sex: Male
    Age: Forever in his fifties
    Build: Stocky
    Complexion: Pale
    Hair Color: Black
    Facial Hair: None
    Scars/marks/tattoos: None
    Jewelery and accessories: None
    Clothing: The usual kingly fare
    Armor: None
    Type of Weapon: His magic

    Typical Companions

    My hounds
    My pigs
    The Beastie BOys

    Known Hangouts

    Forever 51
    The woods when I'm hunting

  • Sightings

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    The First Branch of the Mabinogion

    Part 1 of this great work tells all about me and Pwyll. It details the story of how he stole my kill at the hunt and how we switched places for a year. This brings back lots of memories—mostly good ones.

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    The Fourth Branch of the Mabinogion

    Oink! Here's the story of Pryderi, son of Pwyll. He was a great warrior, but I like to think I helped him come to prominence by giving him the first pigs ever seen in Wales.

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    Cad Goddeu

    This poem, called "The Battle of the Trees," recounts my warlike abilities, which are awesome. I fought against Amaethon, a god who was the son of Don, the great mother goddess. Amaethon stole some of my pets and I was able to get them back with the help of devious Gwydion.

    Dec 20, 1964

    The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

    Here, I'm a bad guy, for no real reason at all, in the Chronicles of Prydain! I'm called the "Death-Lord," probably because I'm master of Annwn, and use some guy called the Horned King as my war leader. Humph!

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    Wraethu by Storm Constantine

    I'm not as bad here. In Wraethu, I hang out with a science-fiction-y group of folks of the same name. Beats being the villain, right?

    Dec 20, 2019

    Earth's Magic by Pamela F. Service

    I'm one of the big mythological bosses in this Arthurian novel. I hang out with the Lady of the Lake and chill on Avalon. I also have a kid, with whom I have a really complicated relationship.