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Folklore: Who killed the last wolf in Wales?


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Wild dogs were a daily, or nightly, source of terror for people living in the principalities which formed ancient Wales until at least the 13th Century.

So it is perhaps little surprise these dogs, or more likely wolves, have formed a massive part of mythic and folklore values to this day, from place names to legends.

Dr Juliette Wood, Cardiff University’s Welsh folklore expert, is trying to unravel the mysteries in online lectures on behalf of The Folklore Society.

The best evidence available suggests the last wolves in Wales died out in the medieval period, about 1200 AD, and claimed relatively few lives.

Nevertheless, the stories of who killed the last one in Wales and where go on until the Tudor period.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/ceke1g5503mo

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Puts me in mind of the story of Gelert:

Prince Llywelyn went hunting and left behind his favorite hound Gelert, to look after his newborn son.

On his return he saw in the child’s nursery an upturned cradle, and the walls stained with blood. He searched for the child but there was no sign of him. But Gelert was there, with blood on his muzzle.

With anger and grief, he took his sword and slashed at Gelert.

As the dog died, Llywelyn heard a child’s cry coming from underneath the upturned cradle. It was his son.

Beside the child was an enormous wolf, dead, killed by the brave Gelert.

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3 hours ago, pellinore said:

Puts me in mind of the story of Gelert:

Prince Llywelyn went hunting and left behind his favorite hound Gelert, to look after his newborn son.

On his return he saw in the child’s nursery an upturned cradle, and the walls stained with blood. He searched for the child but there was no sign of him. But Gelert was there, with blood on his muzzle.

With anger and grief, he took his sword and slashed at Gelert.

As the dog died, Llywelyn heard a child’s cry coming from underneath the upturned cradle. It was his son.

Beside the child was an enormous wolf, dead, killed by the brave Gelert.

St. Gelert. Folk saint of dogs.

I haven't heard that story since the 80s. 😊

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