The Welsh Dragon

Maurice GStarred Page By Maurice G, 23rd Jul 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Details of how the Welsh dragon came about, who used it and related information connecting to the flag.

The Welsh Dragon

First of all I would like to say that not everything that you see in films or read in books is always true. A lot of it is embellished to make sales. King Arthur is one of those stories.

When the Romans retreated from Britain between 400 and 700 ad, Britain was left with tribes who fought each other and the country was under a major upheaval.This is the time when the first references were made about the Welsh dragon. It all started when the welsh word " draig " which meant warrior or leader was used and the translation of this word into English meant " dragon ". In about 800ad the Welsh started using the red dragon symbol against the Saxons who used the the white dragon.
From that time the Welsh used the red dragon as a sign of independence at the time the Saxons were invading Britain.
Later in time the Saxons used the dragon when fighting the Normans, you can see a dragon on King Harold`s coat of arms when he fought at the battle of Hastings in 1066.

King Arthur and the red dragon

Around the time of the Romans who brought the red dragon across to Britain came the legend of King Arthur, who was not really a King but a warrior who managed to unite the Celts in Britain only to a small degree against the Saxons. The Welsh strongly believe that the legend of Arthur is true and that he was one of them. There is no real proof to say differently. The Celts at this time were the Welsh, Scots and Cornish tribes.

210 feet

There is talk of putting up a Welsh dragon on the borders of Wales in competition with the English Angel of the north. It would stand about 210 feet tall and would look out towards England basically saying " look we have done one better "
The area immediately around the building would depict the four branches of ancient Welsh folklore tale, the Mabinogion.

Maurice G

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I am retired, have worked in the leisure industry for abpout 40 tears, I am married with 2 grown up biproducts.
In this trade I have met peoples from all over the world !

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author avatar Delicia Powers
24th Jul 2012 (#)

wonderful...thank you Maurice....

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Jul 2012 (#)

Interesting piece on history. I am also reminded of fire-eating Chinese dragon. Thanks for the share, Maurice - siva

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author avatar Denise O
25th Jul 2012 (#)

Good information on The Welsh Dragon. That sure is going to be one massive statue. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar A K Rao
26th Jul 2012 (#)

That is an infrprmative aticle on Welsh Dragon dear Maurice! It would be interesting to see the 210 feet Giant Dragon! Thanks !

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