Is there any truth to Wales’ most famous folk tale? Did a dog named Gelert really fight with a gigantic wolf for the life of the Prince of Wales’ son and heir?
The fifth episode of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast is live NOW, and it’s dedicated to the legend of Gelert, the faithful hound of Beddgelert!
In this episode, the spotlight is switched from ghosts to folk tales, and not just any old folk tale but arguably the most famous Welsh folk tale of all – that of Gelert, the heroic hound who paid the ultimate price for being man’s best friend.
It’s a tragic tale which begins with a piece of folklore before taking some unexpected twists and turns through the secret history of Gelert, including a journey through Wild Wales and the early days of tourism, Welsh culture from the costume to the longest place name, and even the French Revolution.
You can listen to the whole adventure by pressing the play button below, and to read more about Beddgelert, and many more Welsh curiosities, in The A-Z of Curious Wales.
Last week’s episode of Ghosts & Folklore of Wales
Enjoyed this episode? Be sure to check out EP04 The Women in White haunting Wales and England: A ghost on either side of the Severn.
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Read more about Gelert and other curious Welsh tales
This story is one of many weird and wonderful Welsh curiosities collected in The A-Z of Curious Wales, available now from all good bookshops and online.