Dôn

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Dôn (Welsh pronunciation: [ˈdoːn]) is an ancestor figure in Welsh legend and literature. She is typically given as the mother of a group known as the "Children of Dôn", including Gwydion, Arianrhod, and Gilfaethwy, among many others. However, antiquarians of the early modern era generally considered Dôn a male figure.[1]

The House of Dôn[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mathonwy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dôn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Math fab Mathonwy
 
Goewin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gwydion
 
 
 
Gilfaethwy
 
 
 
 
Arianrhod
 
 
 
Gofannon
 
 
 
Amaethon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dylan ail Don
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lleu Llaw Gyffes
 
Blodeuwedd
 

In astronomy[edit]

Llys Dôn (literally "The Court of Dôn") is the traditional Welsh name for the constellation Cassiopeia. At least three of Dôn's children also have astronomical associations: Caer Gwydion ("The fortress of Gwydion") is the traditional Welsh name for the Milky Way, and Caer Arianrhod ("The Fortress of Arianrhod") being the constellation of Corona Borealis.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bartrum, Peter (1993). A Welsh Classical Dictionary: People in History and Legend up to about A.D. 1000 (PDF). Cardiff: The National Library of Wales. pp. 230–231. ISBN 978-0907158738. Retrieved 2016-11-26. 

External links[edit]

  • The New Companion to the Literature of Wales, Meic Stephens.