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The Story of Wayne Gamm

This is the story of  how a boy, born to White Witches on a remote Welsh sheep farm in
north Wales, struggles to accept and use his power over Fate...

The Welsh Dragon

Welsh Dragon - Y Ddraig Goch

Welsh Red Dragon

The Welsh Dragon is just called 'The Red Dragon' (Y Ddraig Goch) in Welsh, but where does it come from?

Mythology has it that there were two dragons, many centuries ago, a red one and a white one. The red dragon was said to represent the people of Britain and the white one the invading Anglo-Saxons, who never really conquered the British, because they fled into the western mountains and became the Welsh.

It seems that there could be some truth in this as there is evidence, I think, that a Roman garrison stationed at Caerleon in South Wales used a red dragon on its standard. When the Romans went home, just before the Anglo-Saxons invaded, the local dignitaries could well have retained the red dragon as a symbol of their authority.

The red dragon's first recorded use as a symbol for Wales was in the Historia Brittonum in 829 AD. However, it was said to have been used by King Arthur and other Celtic kings more than three hundred years earlier.

Welsh Flag

When the house of Tudor ruled the kingdom, the red dragon was shown on his standard with a white and green background, like the current Welsh flag, and supporting the royal crest, because they were seen as Welsh, but it was later removed. However, it is used by many Welsh authorities, many Welsh companies and on the Welsh flag.

In the Mabinogi, the 'book' of Welsh fairy tales and legends, the red and the white dragons are said to have fought so long, so hard and so viciously that their cries caused milk to turn sour and pregnant women to have miscarriages. Eventually, King Lludd imprisons the dragons underground in Dinas Emrys, in Snowdonia (Eryri), in north Wales.

However, a later king, Vortigern, tried to build a castle there, but was perturbed by the 'rumblings' every night. His advisers tell that he has to sacrifice a boy to solve the problem. On the point of the sacrifice, the boy, whom some say was Merlin, told the king about the dragons, so he excavated and released them, saving the boy' life.

The dragons fought on, and the boy assured Vortigern, who did rule in the fifth century either with or just after the Romans left, that the red dragon would eventually win.

All these odds and ends paint a picture, but it is up to you what you see in it. History did not have to be too factual in those days and symbolism was used far, far more than nowadays would be allowed, as is the case in most old books, including The Bible.

A point of interest could be that Arthur's father was said to be Uther Pendragon. 'Pen' means 'head' in Welsh, but could it have meant 'top' in the sense of 'chief' as well?

White DragonThere are precedents for either a white or a golden dragon to be used to represent the Anglo-Saxons, such as in a battle of 782 AD, and on the Bayeux Tapestry, where a white dragon with red wings is on a flag by the fallen king Harold. A golden dragon is also on the crest of the county of Wessex. A two-legged dragon is called a Wyvern

by +Owen Jones