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Origin of the name MELWAS.
Etymology of the name MELWAS.
Meaning of the baby name MELWAS.

  

MELWAS.  Arthurian.  The Prince of North Britain and former lover of Arthur's first wife of three named Gwenhwyvar.  It is the same as Celtic Melvas (also spelled Melva), meaning "chief."  Maheloas is a variant form.

... when Arthur followed his conquests in the island, he left her (Gwenhwyvar) at home, and she having a former intimacy with Melwas, a Prince of North Britain, they contrived it so that she with her maids of honour went to the wood a Maying, where Melwas was to lie in wait for her among the bushes with a suit of clothes on him made of green leaves of trees.  When the Queen and her maids came to the place appointed, Melwas started up and carried the Queen away in his arms to his companions; and all the maids of honour ran away in the fright, taking him to be a Satyr, or wild man of the wood.  He took the Queen with him to Scotland, and kept her for a while.  Our English writers (Milton, etc.) wonder how a little Prince could take away by force the Queen of such a valiant King as Arthur is said to be; but the wonder ceases when it is considered that the King was abroad, and the Queen willing to be ravished by an old acquaintance... (Celtic Remains, Morris, 1878)

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