If by any chance your travels take you through the beautiful mountains of north Wales, keep a look out for the quaint little village of Beddgelert. For a legend lies within that place that most Welsh people don’t even know about. As legends go this isÂ has it all and it is a wonder Walt Disney himself has not come screaming in with his boots on to get hold of this little story.A short walk from the village of Beddgelert lies a tomb stone, which marks the grave of a faithful hound that belonged to the medieval Welsh prince Llewellyn the Great, Prince of Gwynedd and the dog was said to have been a gift from King John of England.
The story is reproduced here exactly as it is written on the grave stone.
“In the 13 century Llewellyn, prince of Wales, had a place in Beddgelert.
One day he went hunting without Gelert, "The Faithful Hound” who was unaccountably absent.
On Llewellyn’s return the truant, smeared in blood, sprang to meet his master.
The prince alarmed hastened to find his son, and saw the infants cot empty, the bedclothes and floor covered in blood.
The frantic father plunged his sword into the hound's side, thinking it had killed his heir.
The dogs dying yell was answered by a child’s cry.
Llewellyn searched and discovered his boy unharmed.
But nearby lay the body of a mighty wolf which Gelert had slain.
The prince filled with remorse is said to have never smiled again.
He buried Gelert here."
Beddgelert means 'Gelert's grave'. Be sure to visit this beautiful part Wales as legend and folklore are in abundance. Set in the foothills of Snowdonia this is one landscape that,Â like Llewellyn’s sword, will take your breath away.