Nightbringer | The Arthurian Online Encyclopedia

Cwm Cawlwyd

A glen where lived the magical Owl of Cwm Cawlwyd.

Arthur visited the owl to consult his wisdom during his quest to find the missing warrior Mabon in Culhwch and Olwen. The Owl of Cwm Cawlwyd directed Arthur to the Eagle of Gwernabwy. A Welsh Triad lists the Owl as one of the “three Elders of the World”.

Cwm, means a low place enclosed with hills in Welsh. The Saxonized form is comb or combe, which can be found in the name of cities, such as: Widecomb, Nettlecomb, Kingcombe.

Culhwch and Olwen | Late 11th century
Triads of the Island of Britain (Welsh ”Triads”) | 11th century to 14th century