"no man laid his weapon in him at Camlan because he was so ugly"

The Battle of Camlan is said to be the final battle of the legendary King Arthur, in which he was either killed or fatally wounded. It is referred to in the medieval Annales Cambriae and in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae. There are also several references to it in The Mabinogion’s ‘Rhonabwy’s Dream’ (often translated as ‘The Dream of Rhonabwy’).

There has been much speculation about the location of the battle. Suggestions include: the village of Queen Camel in Somerset; the Roman fort of Camboglanna (Castlesteads) on Hadrian’s Wall, Camelon near Falkirk in Scotland; and the Camlan Valley (Cwm Camlan) near Ganllwyd, north of Dolgellau in North Wales (the River Camlan is a tributary of the Mawddach).


Waterfall at Cwm Camlan
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeWaterfall at Cwm Camlan - Credit: Keith Havercroft

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