Welsh Dragon

Here’s another design from BLAZONED.

Welsh Dragon
Welsh Dragon

In Welsh, it is simple known as “Y Ddraig Goch,” the red dragon. In Wales, the dragon is associated with stories of both Merlin and King Arthur, and appears on the national flag of Wales.

The writing behind the dragon is from the medieval Welsh poem Cad Goddeu, or “The Battle of the Trees, ” from the Book of Taliesin. In the poem, the hero animates the trees of the forest to fight for him against the god of the underworld, but there has been a great deal of scholarly debate over the poem’s deeper meaning. The full version can be read in Welsh here, and in English here.

Incidentally, “The Battle of the Trees,” translated into Sanskrit, was sung by the chorus in “Duel of the Fates,” from Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

One thought on “Welsh Dragon

  1. Celestial Elf September 13, 2011 / 1:49 pm

    Greetings, the Cad Goddeu is such an awesome poem…
    I thought that you might like my version of
    Taliesin’s Battle Of The Trees, as a machinima film,

    Bright Blessings By Stone and Star,
    Celestial Elf ~

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