Mythical forest shrouded in mystery and legends, the Broceliande Forest is the crucible of the history of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Vivianne and Morgane fairies, and Merlin. To search the forest on a map would be useless because it does not exist. Best known as the Paimpont Forest, it is located in the heart of Brittany, between Morbihan and Ille-et-Vilaine, about twenty kilometers west of Rennes.
The legend of King Arthur is rooted in the Celtic and Breton culture from the fifth century through the troubadours and bards who orally spread the adventures of the King. However, it is through the work of Chretien de Troyes that we found the first written recounting of the epic adventure of the Holy Grail.
If Brocéliande houses the Arthurian saga, it is also the home of fantastic characters, creatures belonging to the Breton mythology. Elves, goblins, trolls and other famous ghosts haunt the local legends.
Thus, the Arthurian and Breton legends live through the various sites and trails spread over 7000 hectares.
- The Val-sans-retour: located near Tréhorenteuc, west of Paimpont, this site is a deep valley, carved out of the red shale. The Val-sans-retour offers changing landscapes, which are astounding in their variety through the seasons. According to the legend, fairy Morgan, mistress of an unfaithful knight, decided to hold prisoners unfaithful knights in this valley. This is Lancelot's pure love for Queen Guinevere which managed to break the spell. On the Val-sans-retour trails, we can cross three megalithic monuments: the Merlin's seat, the Viviane Hotié and the False Lovers Rock.
- The Tomb of Merlin : is a megalith which consists of two slabs of red shale, perpendicular, backed by an old holly located at a place called La Marette. Legend has it that this is where fairy Viviane locked Merlin by drawing nine air circles and pronouncing 9 magic sentences. Today, many walkers leave an offering in exchange for a vow.
You have understood, the power is held by imagination in this wonderful Brocéliande forest
Photo: Bérengère Mocquard©
Author : Bérengère©
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