Mythical Welsh Locations – Part 1

Mythical Welsh Locations – Part 1

England on its own is miniscule compared to the many other countries on the globe, Wales attaches itself to this tiny speck of land and comes in even smaller. For such a minute place in the grand scheme of things, Wales is absolutely bountiful when it comes to folklore and Mythology. With a proud red dragon on the country’s flag, the welsh do not steer clear of the legends that have come to make up so much of the mystical fabric behind the place.

With many feats of King Arthur wrapped into almost every tale, or a monster that wanders the area and disturbs the people there are few locations in Wales that don’t have a magical back story, though not all come with something to see. For modern day inquisitors, who in today’s society are no doubt hugely more skeptical than the people of the past, it can be tough to try and experience what the stories indicate without something to visit. The following are creatures of Welsh mythology with sites that can be visited today, bring an open mind and come at night if you want to really get the creeps.

What Lies Under The Twmp

Twmbarlwm sometimes called simply the Twmp (which means hump) refers to a hill in South Wales. This large hill is mistaken for a mountain often because of its large size, its visual appearance however makes it stand out above the surrounding hillside and no doubt helps the mythology surrounding the origin of this odd lump of terrain. Without a doubt the shape of the hill looks unnatural and this has led researchers to look into its origin, its likely the spot was a position for a hill fort in the iron age and was therefore used as a vantage point. If you make it to this “pimple” hill you will see that it does indeed give a fantastic view of the surrounding area, however this doesn’t entirely explain the strangeness of the hill.

Another legend says that there is buried treasure underneath the hilltop, which is kept buried by the swarm of bees who protect it. This was definitely though to be the case when in more recent years collectives of bees have seen to be densely concentrated around the area. However, this isn’t the most prevalent legend tied to the upward land mass. Many believe that this is the place where the body of the legendary Bran was buried. This iconic character appears in much Welsh folklore as a literal giant and leader of defense towards invaders and is seen as a guardian of Wales. One tale tells that his body was wounded and so he instructed his people to cut off his head, which somehow managed to survive away from his body for a miraculously long time. Twmbarlwm is apparently the site where his enormous body rests. Many have said that druids mark the area as significant and flock here on occasion too. On top of this strange music can be heard on and round the hill, which leads people to think there could be more to uncover. Today you can walk up Twmbarlwm and see for yourself.