Location Feature – Dinas Emrys, Beddgelert

Here’s another location feature for you! Dinas Emrys near Beddgelert, North Wales. This is where some of the opening scenes of the novel occur. It’s an interesting place! Basically, Dinas is a hillock located on the main road out of Beddgelert towards Betws-Y-Coed, just below Snowdon. It was apparently occupied in the Fifth Century as a hillfort and there is also a medieval structure on the summit, a tower built by Prince Llewellyn in the Thirteenth Century, so believed.

It’s here at Dinas Emrys where an important ‘foundation myth’ story for Wales takes place. Some readers may already know it. If you don’t, check out the video. I chose this as a setting for the opening prologue in light of this old story. It’s where Llew receives an initiation in the days before the Collapse. If you’d like to read the ‘Prologue’, check out the link to the Authonomy site in the previous post below.


Ironically, I was contacted by another writer from California, Mary Enck, who has written a book posted on Authonmy with some similar themes to Dragon Line. She told me she’d referred to the myth of Dinas in her book too. If you’d like to check it out (you’ll have to join Authonomy if you’re not already a member) then this is the link:

A King in Time


It seems like a great book – love the concept!


Also, below is a little bit of an add on video – is this the place where the two dragons were found? I wonder…

PS – If you’d like to visit this site, it does have public access as its owned by the National Trust. However, you do need to let the warden at Craflwyn know first as it is a little dangerous in places!

YouTube – Dinas Emrys

YouTube – Site of the Reservoir

National Trust Wales


About Owen Law

My pen-name is ‘Owen Law’ (real name: Nicholas Davies.) I’m a science fiction writer specialising in dystopian/apocalyptic visions of the future. I’m from Shropshire, England (on the borders with Wales) and I’m in my forties. I have a background in public services and training. I’ve been working on my first novel, Dragon Line, since 2008. I’ve also written several short stories, one of which you can find on this blog (‘Matilda Leviathan‘). I now reside on the border of Shropshire and Wales, and my interests include writing (of course!), current affairs and environmental issues.
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