One of the best known folk-tales in Wales is the story of a faithful hound.
The story goes that in the thirteenth-century Prince Llywellyn the Great had a palace near what is now known as Beddgelert in Snowdonia.
As the Prince was a keen hunter, he spent much of his time in the surrounding countryside. He had many hunting dogs, but one day when he summoned them as usual with his horn, his favourite dog Gelert didn’t appear, so regretfully Llywellyn had to go hunting without him.
When Llywellyn returned from the hunt, he was greeted by Gelert who came bounding towards him, his jaws dripping with blood.
The Prince was appalled, and a horrible thought came into his mind. Was the blood on the dog’s muzzle that of his one-year old son? His worst fears were realised when he saw in the child’s nursery, an upturned cradle, and walls spattered with blood. He searched for the child but there was no sign of him. Llywelyn was convinced that his favourite hound had killed his son.
Mad with grief he took his sword and plunged it into Gelert’s heart.
As the dog howled in his death agony, Llywelyn heard a child’s cry coming from underneath the upturned cradle. It was his son, unharmed.
Beside the child was an enormous wolf, dead, killed by the brave Gelert.
Llywelyn was struck with remorse and carried the body of his faithful dog outside the castle walls, and buried him where everyone could see the grave of this brave animal, and hear the story of his valiant fight with the wolf.
Beddgelert/ Gelert's Grave.
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