Vortigern

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Vortigern

(vôr`tĭgərn), 5th cent., tribal king of Britons in Wales and S England. Tradition transmitted by Bede says that Vortigern invited the Germanic leaders Hengist and HorsaHengist and Horsa
, names of two brothers who, according to tradition, led the Jutish invasion of Britain and founded the kingdom of Kent. Hengist would more properly be written Hengest.
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 to Kent to help withstand the Picts and Scots. Later he quarreled and fought with Hengist and Horsa.
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When the Celtic king Vortigern attempted to build a castle on the hill, the stones and walls were repeatedly shaken to the ground.
King Vortigern, an ineffectual ruler of the Britons, particularly despicable because he has invited the Saxons to be his allies, sends messengers in search of a child without a father, whose sacrificial blood will supposedly make the king's newest fortification stand firm (or so his magicians tell him).
In Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain, Merlin tells King Vortigern at Kaermerdin near Mount Snowdon that there are two dragons sleeping in a pool of water (vi.
What at first seems feasible becomes incredibly difficult when King Vortigern finds a way to put restrictions on magical traveling, forcing Ramsey to travel through each Magical Realm before she can cross into the Golden Fairy Realm.
Echoing the original story in the Welsh legends of the Mabinogion, Young Merlin tells of how King Vortigern, 5th century ruler of Britain, sends for Merlin.
Legend suggests that the origins of wassailing stem from the fifth century love affair between Rowena, daughter of Saxon leader Hengist, and British king Vortigern.
Worth a listen if only for the legend of Dinas Emrys, a hillock next to the Llyn Dinas outflow where King Vortigern is said to have discovered a white and a red dragon fighting.
One concerned Merlin predicting to King Vortigern, who had allowed Saxon mercenaries into his realm, the return of British greatness with the defeat of a white dragon, representing the Saxons, by the Welsh red dragon.
Ancient histories tell us that in 449 AD the Romano-British King Vortigern invited the first Germanic mercenaries to settle and help defend the land, including Warwickshire.
This becomes clear when in the next few lines Drayton goes on to relate something of Merlin's subject matter: the prophetic interpretation he gave to King Vortigern about the fight between the red and white dragons, in which the destruction of the red dragon heralds the fall of Britain (25-37).
800) of a boy, Ambrosius, who had given advice to the legendary British king Vortigern.