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Have You Heard Of The Legend Of Gelert?

Updated on November 26, 2014

Beddgelert is a popular tourist destination located in Snowdonia, North Wales

Do you know what Beddgelert means in English?

Well, Bedd translates as 'grave' and Gelert is the name of that rather handsome hound who is stood beside me! Yes, Beddgelert means Gelert's Grave, and it has become something of a legend dating back to the 13th century!

I had of course been told of the legend of Gelert by my Mum so when we went to Wales on holiday I decided to check it out for myself and here we are, two handsome hounds, stood side by side... can you tell which one is the statue?

Is the legend of Gelert, or Beddgelert, really true?


All photo's on this page are copyright of Declan's Dogs Blog and used with the permission of Declan, my greyhound!

Yes It's Very Pretty Mum, But What About The Legend Of Gelert? - Declan wasn't impressed with the sightseeing aspect of his day out!

Beddgelert is a pretty little village in Snowdonia, North Wales.
Beddgelert is a pretty little village in Snowdonia, North Wales.
The Welsh Inscription At Gelert's Grave
The Welsh Inscription At Gelert's Grave

Take a nice Stroll Along The Footpath That Runs Alongside The River Glaslyn

and you will arrive at Beddgelert's famous tourist attraction...

Gelert's Grave

There are two stones which tell of the legend of Gelert... this one is written in Welsh, so I will have to try to tell you about the legend myself!

A long time ago, as far back as the 13th century, there was this bloke called Llewelyn... he was the Prince of North Wales apparently. Anyway he had this lovely dog called Gelert who was very loyal and faithful to his master.

Well, this prince liked to go out hunting, as men did in those days, I think that he might have thought it very 'not politically correct' these days, I mean imagine the public outcry if our current Prince of Wales decided to go hunting for a bit of fun...

I digress, but that's a greyhound for you, we're not known for our great attention span!

The English Translation
The English Translation

This is the other stone at Gelert's grave translated into English this time but it may surprise you that I can't read, so, I'll carry on with my version of the legend of Gelert if you don't mind.

Now where was I? Oh yes, I can't possibly imagine how this happened, because I don't let my mum go anywhere without me, but one day this Llewelyn decided to go out hunting, but he couldn't find Gelert so decided that he would go alone.

That in itself was silly wasn't it, I mean this dog allegedly never left the Prince's side, did he not wonder where he was and go to investigate?

We Think That Might Be Mount Snowdon In The Background

Mount Snowdon.... Allegedly
Mount Snowdon.... Allegedly

Gelert was probably just out playing with the sheep wasn't he and didn't hear his name being called.

But Llewelyn went off without him, and when he came home Gelert rushed up to greet him, bouncing and happily wagging his tail, (now I can identify with this because I go nuts when my Mum gets in from work), but the Prince saw that Gelert was covered in blood!

The Prince was alarmed and rushed off to find his baby son, but found the cot upturned and blood on the blankets and the floor.

Of course the Prince was in a blind panic, and like a lot of people, acted before putting his brain into gear and gathering all of the facts!

He took his sword and, thinking that he had killed his son, plunged it into Gelert's side!

Have you ever heard the Greyhound scream of death? We do it when we step on a stone or when we get our nails clipped! It's a rather scary sound so I bet Gelert's scream was 10 times worse, but just as Gelert screamed the Prince heard the cry of his baby son and went to look for him.

He found his boy who was thankfully unharmed, and close by there was the blood covered body of a big wolf who Gelert had killed trying to protect the baby!

The Spot Where Gelert The Faithful Hound Was Laid To Rest - You can see the two insribed stones at the bottom of the picture

A Handsome Hound Pays His Respects At Gelerts Grave
A Handsome Hound Pays His Respects At Gelerts Grave

Make sure that you take my 'good' side Mum!

It is said that the Prince never smiled again after killing his trusty hound, and he buried him in this spot behind me under that big stone.

RIP Gelert you deserved better!

Now I Know I Am Only A Dog But I Feel That There Are Several Unanswered Questions Here... - Sometimes I don't understand why humans behave the way they do......

  1. What kind of idiot goes out and leaves a baby alone?
  2. Where was the wife when all of this was happening? Why wasn't she at home caring for her baby?
  3. He was Royalty for goodness sake... surely they had a Nanny if the mother was out shopping or getting her hair done?
  4. Hadn't they heard of Social Services?
  5. Why are people so quick to react and point the finger of blame before gathering all of the evidence?

I Was So Upset That I Had To Be Consoled With Ice Cream And A Nice Drive Up Snowdon - .... well you didn't think I was going to walk did you?

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nom nom nom...We met a little mini me!Ah's not seen hill like that since ah left Yorkshire!Oh the altitude is getting to me...Can we go to the pub now Mum?
nom nom nom...
nom nom nom...
We met a little mini me!
We met a little mini me!
Ah's not seen hill like that since ah left Yorkshire!
Ah's not seen hill like that since ah left Yorkshire!
Oh the altitude is getting to me...
Oh the altitude is getting to me...
Can we go to the pub now Mum?
Can we go to the pub now Mum?

What Do You Think Of The Legend Of Gelert?

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Great lens (oops hub). Declan is one of my favorite Celtic names. I like learning new things about Wales because I know so little about it.

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      Sniff It Out 4 years ago

      @Titia: Thank you Titia

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      Sniff It Out 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Solo mate, it's nice to see you :-) Yeah I occasionally pop up elsewhere... I do like to diversify and try out different writing platforms you know...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hey, Deccy - you do get around, don't you? :-)

      Mum and I know all about this legend as Mum's been to that very spot on holiday (well, I don't think she actually camped on top of the stone...).

      It's an interesting tale, and you're quite right - what a berk that prince was.....

      Solo.

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      Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Ahh that's a sad story. Lesson: always check twice before you stab your dog. Love it and enjoyed reading.

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      Sniff It Out 4 years ago

      @julieannbrady: Thank you JaguarJulie, that might be worth considering :-)

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      julieannbrady 4 years ago

      Loved it ... I'm thinking you should write some books.

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      Sniff It Out 4 years ago

      @KathyMcGraw2: Thanks Kathy, that dog does have a wicked sense of humour sometimes :-)

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      Kathy McGraw 4 years ago from California

      Wow....I liked that story of Gelert, although I didn't like that he got killed. The humor and questions was great, along with some cool photos :)

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      Sniff It Out 4 years ago

      @BobZau: Hmmmm.... we haven't heard of that one winlin, and I guess Declan would run a mile (or possibly 800 yards) if he did :-)

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      LadyFlashman 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Brilliant! Love your writing style and what great photos too, especially of Declan eating an icecream. I hope you get a raffle ticket this week, I shall be rooting for you!

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      Bob Zau 4 years ago

      Is it true if you say his name three time out loud he appears? Beddgelert, Beddgelert, Beddgelert. ...

      Well done lens.

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      Sniff It Out 4 years ago

      @Expat Mamasita: Be unique... isn't that supposed to be the way forward Casacicak ;-)

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      Sniff It Out 4 years ago

      @flycatcherrr: Declan thanks you for your kind comment and your blessing Flycatcher! We agree that Wales has some beautiful scenery, we were fortunate to only have one days rain in the week this time :-)

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      Expat Mamasita 4 years ago from Slovakia

      Thank you for your unique way of telling us about the legend of Gelert.

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      I did know the legend of Gelert, but I've never heard it told so well as it's told here by the handsome hound Declan. Beautiful photographs! Is there anywhere on earth as glorious as Wales in the not-rain?