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The Realm of Vortigern

This section explores all geographical links with Vortigern.

Though the lands, lakes, places and stones connected to King Arthur litter the landscape, there are still remnants to be found that remind of Vortigern. The sources tell us of severral such places, but others are still on the modern maps.

Vortigern can be traced back through later pedigrees, which are fairly unanimous about his ancestral lands. Next, there are other places connected with Vortigern, such as the Welsh regions of Gwent and Gwrtheyrnion, which were once ruled by his descendants. This is followed by a closer look at several cities which must have played a role in his life.

We also take a look at sites where legend takes us, his 'valley' or his 'treasure'. Other such sites are his 'forts' or 'cities', which are in a separate chapter: The Cities of Vortigern.

Next are the graves, of which legends are vague. We have no less than four possible sites of his final resting-place, all in Wales. These are mostly passed on through folklore, but already by the ninth century the real resting-place of Vortigern had been forgotten. My favorite is the Early Christian Inscribed Stone at Nevern.

Furthermore, we look at two possible graves for Vortimer and Catigern, sons of Vortigern.

Vortigern apparently still playes a role in modern minds, which is why we take a look at modern Fantasy and a range of ships, bearing his name.

The picture shows the dolmen of Kit's Coty House, near Maidstone, Kent. Though clearly Neolithic, it is also seen as the legendary grave of Catigern, son of Vortigern.

Current Contents:

The Graves of Vortigern

  • Bedd Gwrtheyrn, a grave for Vortigern, on the LLeyn peninsula, Gwynedd.
  • Cwm Gwrtheyrn, a grave for Vortigern, on the LLeyn peninsula, Gwynedd.
  • Nevern, a possible gravestone for Vortigern - the stone of Vitalinus, on the coast of Dyfed/Pembrokeshire.
  • Ystyvacheu, an unlocated grave for Vorigern.

Other Graves

Vortigern's Kingdom

  • Vortigern's lands, a history
  • Britannia Prima
  • Powys
  • Gwent
  • Regione Gewissorum, was this Gwent?
  • Gwrtheyrnion, 'Land of Vortigern', Powys.
  • Gwrthebyriuc, 'Land of Vortimer'

Various places

  • Nant Gwrtheyrn, the 'Valley of Vortigern', on the LLeyn peninsula, Gwynedd.
  • Map of Nant Gwrtheyrn.
  • Llyn Dinas, the 'Treasure of Vortigern', Arfon, Gwynedd.
  • Rhayader, another 'Treasure of Vortigern', Radnorshire, Powys.
  • Margate, the 'Cave of Vortigern'?, Kent.

Fantasy Realms

Ships


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