Get your hankies out for this one, folks.
In the thirteenth-century, Prince Llywelyn the Great, so the story goes, had a palace at Beddgelert in Caernarvonshire.
He had many hunting dogs, but one day when he summoned them as usual with his horn, his favourite hound, Gelert did not come as usual, when called, so regretfully Llywelyn had to go hunting without him.
When. several hours later, he returned from the hunt, Gelert came bounding towards him…his jaws dripping with blood.
The Prince was shocked and immediately went in search of his one year old son. His worst fears were realised when he entered the child's nursery to see an upturned cradle, and blood spattering the walls. He searched for his son to no avail.
Mad with grief he plunged his sword into Gelert’s heart, believing he had killed the child.
As the dog howled and die, Llywelyn heard a baby crying underneath the upturned cradle. It was his little son, completely unharmed! Beside the child was the body of an enormous wolf, killed by the faithful hound, Gelert.
To this day, a cairn of stones marks the place, outside the small village of Beddgelert. The name Beddgelert means Gelert's Grave’. The story is told on two slabs of stone, one in English and the other in Welsh.
(Just to make you feel a little better, the story is probably not true as the cairn is less than two hundred years ago, and it is said it was a tale put about by a local innkeeper to encourage visitors and increase trade. It's till a great story though.)
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