Nudd (silver hand) In Celtic mythology, a sea god and king of the Tuatha de Danann (people of the goddess Danu). Nudd lost one hand in battle, thus losing his throne because a maimed king could not rule. His hand was replaced by a silver artificial one, thereby regaining his throne for him and earning him the title Argetlam (the silver handed). Some scholars believe that Ludd, the British sea god, is an equivalent of Nudd, who also lost one hand, had it replaced by a silver artificial one, and was called Llawereint (silver handed). Ludd’s temple in London was located near St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Ludgate Hill is named after the god. Sometimes Ludd was known as Nudd in Britain.
Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow– Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante