According to legends, this is the final resting place of 'Gelert', the faithful hound of Welsh Prince Llewelyn. In the 13th century Llewelyn, Prince of North Wales, had a palace at Beddgelert. He was a keen hunter, and spent a lot of his time hunting in the countryside around Beddgelert. Llewelyn had a large pack of hunting dogs but his favourite was Gelert. They were inseparable on hunting days.
One day he gathered the dogs to go on a hunt, but unaccountably, Gelert was absent and could not be found. Llywelyn reluctantly decided to go hunting without him. On his return, Gelert joyfully ran up him. Wagging his tail, he was happy to meet his master. However he was smeared with blood and was behaving in an unusual manner. Llewelyn knew there was something wrong. Alarmed he ran up to the palace to check on his infant son. The cot was empty. His bed-clothes were on the floor, and covered with blood. Llewelyn feared the worst. Looking at Gelert,and thinking the hound had killed his heir, with immense anger he plunged his sword into Gelert's side, killing him instantly. The hound's dying yell filled the room, and after a moment it was followed by a cry of child. Llewelyn frantically searched everywhere and eventually discovered his boy on the floor but unharmed. Near to him was the dead body of a big wolf which Gelert had killed. The Prince knowing what he had done, was filled with remorse as is said never to have smiled again.
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