The beautiful landscape of Snowdonia is largely attributed to the geological occurrences of thousand years ago. However, the people of Snowdonia have taken a responsibility in reshaping the region to make it an attractive historical site.
The history of this region is rated back to characters both mythical as well as real. They span from legends known for their bravery to figures shunned for their underhand practices. Discussed below are six characters that have been connected with the rebuilding of the region.
Vortigern was a disgraced Kentish king early in the 5th century. He was tricked by the Saxons’ leader, Hengist in betraying his own countrymen. As a result, Gwrtheyrn ran off to Snowdonia where he attempted to build a fort.
However, his efforts were cut short because the building kept disappearing. Emrys Wledig, who was a young magician at the time, told him that there were two dragons, white and red representing Saxons and Wales which kept fighting in a pool beneath the fort building.
These dragons drained the pool and continued with their fight in the sky. The red dragon won the battle and secured its place with the Welsh flag. Emrys later built his fort on that site, the famous Dinas Emrys at Beddgelert. Vorytigern fled to the Llyn Peninsula and settled in a place currently known as Nant Gwrtheyrn. The site is a good day visit site that you can visit and learn more about the local history and folklore.
He is the patron saint of North Wales. In the region, you will find his name pinned almost everywhere but is much concentrated in areas close to Clynnog Fawr as well as in the town itself. It was here in the 7th century that he founded his monastic cell.
This monastery later became a church and an important stop over point for the pilgrims headed to Bardsey. There are a number of miracles that have been attributed to his name including an instance where he reattached heads of beheaded women and brought them back to life. St Beuno church in Clynnog Fawr houses the Bardsey pilgrims’ exhibitions.
The building is beautiful and interesting making it an important and worth visiting. There is a well, Beuno’s Well that is located not far from the church that is claimed to have appeared after one of his miracles. It is said to have healing powers.
In the 19th century, travel to Snowdonia became easier, thanks to Thomas Telford. He was a well-known engineer and he built the now A5 London to Holy head road. He additionally built the Menai Suspension Bridge. These two structures made it easy to travel between Ireland and London.
He also built the Conwy Suspension Bridge which was one of the road suspensions bridges that were first to be built in the world, as well as the Waterloo Bridge at Betws-y-Coed.
In 1700, Pritchard was the landlord of the Goat Inn at Beddgelert. Together with members of his committee, rewrote the tales of a legend known as Gelert, who was killed for a crime he did not commit. It is through David that the tale is associated with the village of Snowdonia. This has increased the number of tourists visiting the Beddgelert area.
Gnaeus Julius Agricola was a Roman general who led coups against the Ordovician tribes of Anglesey and North Wales around 77-78 AD. In the course of these rebellions, he left behind several forts such as the Segontium which is located in Caernarfon.
Some of the stones from this fort were used in the construction of the Caernarfon Castle. Other remains left behind by the romans are the Tomen y Mur and the Caer Gai.
King Arthur and Merlin
King Arthur and Merlin are considered to be one and the same person though different personalities. The two characters appear in most tales of Snowdonia and their existence as real characters is yet unknown.
They appear in many tales about the region inclusive of the warring dragons at Dinas Emrys, Bardsey the real Avalon, Arthur’s last battle and the giant on Snowdon. It is recommended that one makes a visit to King Arthur’s so as get more stories concerning the two.