In the ancient world the emergence of a dragon, serpent, crocodile or whale relative to a kingdom or empire was bad news. The ancient mind treats the land as like a living entity with an above and a below state like the human mind has a conscious and a subconscious. In the subconscious level of the land are titanic forces that sleep hidden and enclosed.

The king, emperor or ruler acts in the role of steward between the land and its people, acting as a channel through which the chaotic leviathans of the deep are tapped into for the positive wellbeing of the people, but if for whatever reason the steward becomes separated from the land, the titans can awaken and become liberated to wreck ruin upon the people via famine, sickness and war.

Although all ancient peoples have their stories of culture heros and chaos monsters, the British provide a useful narrative of the ideas behind the Monsters of the Deep.

In the time before and during the time of Julius Caesar the Gauls of Europe were under pressure from both the Romans and Germans, and some were forced to invade Britain. Chaos reigned in South and East Britain as the invading Belgae massacred the existing populations leading to war, famine and sickness. In the story Lludd and Llefelys the legendary king Ludd had to deal with the challenges that the conflict between the Belgae and the native population encountered, of which one challenge was a fight between two Monsters of the Deep in the form of giant serpents or dragons.

Evidently there was a sacred place near Oxford that at one time was considered the centre of the land of Britain in which the dragons were discovered, and then moved to a new location known as Dinas Emrys where they were buried and harmony was restored.

The ancient British considered that Monsters of the Deep that were hidden, enclosed, placed into sleep, were made safe, and the land experienced prosperity, and if those beasts were uncovered, wasteland would result.

In 411 CE Constantine III withdrew all the principle troops from Britain in an attempt to capture the Roman Empire, consequently the Saxons, Picts and Irish invaded Britain. The people of Britain rebelled against Constantine, kicked out all his adminstrators and appointed Vortigern as the new British leader. Constantine and his son Constans died in their attempt at Empire. Vortigern made the surviving sons of Constantine, who were children at the time - Uther and Ambrosius - his prisoners, and they eventually went into exile. Ambrosius, who is likely also known as Merlin or Emrys, as a child was brought before Vortigern at Dinas Emrys, and in this encounter uncovers the dragons with a prophecy that Vortigern would burn in his tower that always fell because of the dragons. Vortigern had hired Saxons to deal with the Picts and Irish, but they rebelled, taking Kent and other areas of Britain, setting up a bloody struggle between the British and Saxons that would last 600 years.

Ambrosius and Uther would eventually come back and slay Vortigern, but with the dragons unleashed, the British were doomed. Ambrosius made the mistake of uncovering the dragons at Dinas Emrys; Vortigern uncovered the bones of his son Vortimer that protected the harbours of Britain; Arthur uncovered the head of Bran which also had acted as protection of Britain (the legend is remembered in the Ravens of the Tower of London.)

Arthur is the son of Uther and lived around 500 CE, he is probably the same person as Cerdic who is mentioned in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle. The principle centre of power of Arthur is Wessex, and he had to deal with both the Irish, Picts, his own British rebels and the Saxons. Arthur's principle victory at Baden near Bath kept the Saxons in check for a generation.

Arthur in the story was supposed to become a steward for the people, but his vanity and desire for glory separated him from the land, symbolised by his unfaithful wife and the undoing of his Round Table. The wasteland is symbolic of the land falling into cival war, and the grail quest was an attempt to heal the land by putting the Monsters of the Deep back to sleep. At one time the grail was located at Dinas Emrys.

The problems of the British were two fold: firstly their practice to divide a kingdom equally amongst sons; secondly, the practice to avenge blood feud. Brother was happy to kill brother over disputes over inheritance, but were equally passionate to kill someone else who killed their brother. Thus, all the great champions of the British fell because of the treacherous knife of their brother and fellow man. With the loss of Roman influence the British reverted to their individualistic nature and turned on each other, the dragons reigned supreme.

Some writings will say that the spiritual centre of Britain known as Dinas Emrys is at Snowdon in North Wales, but there are problems with this, and I suggest that it is the Temple of Nodens at Lydney. One fact is that Vortigern's power base is South Wales and Gloucester, not North Wales, thus the meeting between Merlin and Vortigern is not Snowdon. Secondly, Ludd, Nudd and Nodens are all the same god, and they are connected to Lydney and the Temple of Nodens. Nodens is connected to the Fisher King; Temple of Nodens is mentioned as a place the Grail was located. Many Welsh stories of King Arthur mention Gloucester and locations nearby.

The Temple of Nodens has mosaics, one showing serpents fighting each other. If the individual is sick, or lost something, or seeks an answer to a question, they go to the Temple of Nodens. The Ring of Silvanus known also as the Vine Ring is connected to the Temple of Nodens, and was the inspiration for Tolkien for the Ring in the Lord of the Rings.

Merlin means "mountain" near the "sea". The Temple of Nodens sits on a great hill near the River Severn that is close to the sea. The River Severn is the location of the Bore, a great tide that happens at its greatest extent on the new moon, full moon, equinoxes and solstices. The River Severn in mythology is a gateway separating the two sides of the land, the entrance by which the Monsters of the Deep enter into the world, and upon which a champion taking on the role of the Fisher King or Nodens might pacify and enclose them.

It was upon an island outside of Gloucester where the River Severn splits into two that Arthur played chess against his nephew Owein as their forces battled. The great final battle between Owein (Mordred) and Arthur at Camlann could be one of three places, one location being Powys in Wales, kingdom of the sons of Vortigern. Camlann the Welsh Bards called a "futile" and unnecessary battle, a family dispute, brought about in part by the wild words of the son of Arthur, some call Mark, others Constantine, and others Cunomorus, and the rash actions of Owein, some also call Mordred and others Gawain.

And Arthur has a loyal knight called Bedivere, a one-handed knight. And Nodens is also one-handed.

It was to Gloucester that Arthur would come looking for the cauldron, and had to find a certain hero who was cousin to the Count of Gloucester. The Temple of Nodens is upon an ancient hill fort which the hero might have been imprisoned. To find this hero Arthur had to consult the most ancient animals of Britain, and then upon the back of a Salmon he rode to liberate the hero. Nodens is depicted in an image at the Temple of Nodens as fishing for a salmon for which the River Severn is famed for.

Gloucester is noted as the location for nine witches, which are mentioned as either opposing or assisting Arthur and his knights. A place such as Temple of Nodens would have such a group of priestesses working for it. Nimue, Morgan le Faye and others are all witches connected to water and enchantment connected to the stories of Arthur. It was to these women Arthur's body was entrusted on his death.

There is an elusive connection between the Catuvellauni who ruled London and Essex, and the Siluries who ruled South Wales. Ludd is connected to the Catuvellauni, and Nodens is connected to the Siluries. The rulers of the Catuvellauni hold major significance to the bards of Wales. Cunobelin of the Catuvellauni obtained a vast amount of gold, only possible if it came from Wales. Caratacus, son of Cunobelin after his defeat in the Catuvellauni lands quickly became leader of the Siluries in their fight against the Romans. A Roman legion was destroyed in a trap by the Siluries when the Severn Bore hit them. Roman coinage found at the Temple of Nodens shows the Temple in use from the time of Augustus to Constantine the Great. Whilst the Christians destroyed all temples, they left the Temple of Nodens intact, which operated into the time of Arthur.

Vortigern is said to have died in a tower that collapsed in a fire. Archaeology at the Temple of Nodens shows the temple suffered fire damage, and was collapsing. Evidence shows it was restored by public conscription, and its foundations underpinned. The Temple of Nodens sits on top of old mine workings, and is in harmony with the story of Merlin and his uncovering the dragons.

The symbol of Wessex, and the House of Wessex is the dragon. The line of the House of Wessex is linked to the present Royal Family of Britain.

Ambrosius may have been also known as Aegidius who founded the Kingdom of Soissons, a location strong with grail and Cathar associations. The sacred vase known as the Vase of Soissons was located, lost and or destroyed in this kingdom. Riothamus may have been Uther, brother of Ambrosius. Uther has a daughter called Anna, who is wife to Lot of Lothian (Edinburgh area), and thus he is brother-in-law to Arthur, his son is Gawain or Modred or Owein. Lot might also be known as Owein. In battle Arthur kills the younger Owein, but also dies from his wounds; King Lot becomes king of all Britain, but is then killed by Mark the son of Arthur. Mark's power slowly disintergrates over time and he dies in a power struggle in 560 CE in Brittany with the Franks. With the death of Mark the last memory of Roman-Britain vanishes, and the era of the Saxons begins.
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