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Mon, 04 Aug 2008
Somehow we ended back up in Wales and from there over to England and the Phillipines

There have been many tales of Llewelyn and Gelert, I like this
one best.
It is the one Diddily's Taidy told us when we were children.
 ("Taidy or Taid" by the way is Welsh for Grand Dad.
Grandma is called "Nainy or Nain")

The Legend of Gelert

A Short Walk south of the village, following the foot
path along
the banks of the Glaslyn leads to
Beddgelert's most famous historical feature.
'Gelert's Grave
'.
Gelert's
grave, final resting place of Prince Llewelyn's
faithful hound

According to legend, the stone monument in the field marks the
resting place of 'Gelert', the faithful hound of the medieval Welsh
Prince Llewelyn the Great.
The story, as written on the tombstone reads:

"In the 13th century Llewelyn, prince of North Wales,
had a palace at Beddgelert.

One day he went hunting without Gelert, "The Faithful Hound",
who was unaccountably absent.

  On Llewelyn's return the truant, stained and smeared with
blood, joyfully
sprang to meet his master.

The prince alarmed hastened to find his son, and saw the
infant's cot empty, the bedclothes and floor covered with blood.

The frantic father plunged his sword into the hound's side,
The legend of Gellert engraved on
the tombstone
 thinking it had killed his heir. The dog's dying yell was answered by a child's cry.
Llewelyn searched and discovered his boy unharmed, but near by lay the body of a mighty wolf which Gelert had slain.
The prince filled with remorse is said never to have smiled again.
    
He buried Gelert here".

Posted 08:46

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