Stories from Wales

Dinas Emrys

King Vortigern chose Dinas Emrys as the location to build his castle. When the castle walls began falling down, King Vortigern sought help from Myrddin Emrys – Merlin, the wizard. Merlin told of two dragons in a secret lake beneath the hill, locked in combat causing the castle to weaken. The Red Dragon prevailed and has been celebrated in Wales ever since.

Have you ever wondered where the story of the famous, Welsh dragon first derived?

Well it all started right here – in Dinas Emrys. Where legend has it, a Celtic King by the name of Vortigern, first encountered mystical goings-on, whilst attempting to build a fortress upon the land.

– Gethin Jones, Clogau Ambassador
"When advised to sacrifice a young, fatherless boy to the lands in the hope that it would banish the sorcery - the chosen child, named Merlin – warned that this site was in-fact positioned above an underground lake, where two dragons lay sleeping.

"Fearing this to be the true reason behind the mystical occurrences, Vortigern spared the boy and ordered his men to dig – deep enough to find the mystical beasts.

"The men excavated, and sure enough, came across two dragons - one red, and one white… and after being disturbed from their lair – fiercely they began to fight.

"After clashing for what felt like an age, eventually the white dragon was defeated and forced to leave the region - never to return.

"It was from this point onwards, that the red dragon was said to represent Vortigern’s people and all those of Wales"

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Stories from Wales

Tree of Life

In Celtic past, towering trees were seen as a connection to spirits, and doorways into other worlds, their roots capable of piercing through the realms of an underworld and their branches able to travel high, into the heavens. These giant landmarks became known as Crann Bethadh, a group’s tree of life, which protected their origins and provided them with food, shelter and warmth.

ENCHANT WITH YOUR ELEGANCE AND ROMANCE

Enchanted Forest

The forests of Wales are enchanted spaces, full of curiosity and tales of magic. Cool, clear peridot and mystical opaque aventurine capture the green tones of the forest canopy and the shaded pathways beneath. The exquisite light of dawn laces through the tangled branches creating a beautifully captivating image of wonder and excitement.

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Natural Beauty of Wales

Fairy

The enchanting fairy is a mythical being of romance and folklore with unbounded magical powers, living in beautiful secret gardens and enchanted follies. Much of the folklore about fairies revolves around protection and was shaped in literature during the Victorian era – a magical time when our heritage with Welsh gold began.

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Inspired by Wales

Awelon

Dancing through Wales’s broadleaf woodlands, over its dense mountainous areas and across its breathtaking coastline, is a light summer breeze – or awelon in Welsh. As ancient as the landscape itself, the presence of the Welsh breeze is revealed by the delicate motion of one of its ancient wooded ancestors, the trees.

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