Snowdonia’s epic appeal is legendary
It’s no surprise that Snowdonia’s epic and evocative landscapes — ancient cromlechs (burial chambers), lakes, mountains and caves — should figure so large in Arthurian lore. The association deepens with the launch next month of Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, shot mostly in the region. Locations for the film, which stars Charlie Hunnam in the title role and Jude Law as the villainous Vortigern, include Conwy, where jousting sequences were shot, while the flooded Vivian Quarry near Llanberis, ordinarily a scuba-diving centre, is the scene for a spectacular stunt leap. In a key sequence, Hunnam tosses Excalibur into a lake near Nant Gwynant.
Arthurian legend, recorded in a collection of medieval Welsh fables called The Mabinogion, certainly runs deep here. Arthur is said to have slain a fearsome giant on the summit of Snowdon while nearby Bardsey Island is variously claimed as the birthplace of Merlin, and even as mythical Avalon itself. For all this, plus underground boat rides, waterfalls and dragons, families should head to King Arthur’s Labyrinth at Corris in southern Snowdonia, inevitably located in an old Welsh slate mine.
Ritchie’s production confirms the region’s popularity as a key location that includes among its credits starring appearances in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough, the Ingrid Bergman classic The Inn the of the Sixth Happiness Up the Khyber. and even
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword opens nationally on May 18; hoyts.com.au.
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Charlie Hunnam in the title role of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword