Merlin's Oak (pictured 1949) is a famous oak tree that once stood on the corner of Oak Lane in Carmarthen, South Wales. In local tradition, Carmarthen is said to be the birth place of the mythical magician Merlin. Merlin is said to have made a prophecy regarding the old oak tree: "When Merlin's Tree shall tumble down, Then shall fall Carmarthen Town". Merlin's Oak was probably planted by a schoolmaster in 1659 or 1660, to celebrate the return of King Charles II of England to the throne.
Merlin’s Oak stood in the centre of Carmarthen amid the legend that King Arthur’s famous wizard had placed a protective curse on it. In local tradition, the wizard said Carmarthen would “drown” if the oak was ever removed, and some even said a curious, pointed notch in the tree was the face of Merlin himself. It was removed from the town when someone set it on fire at the end of the 1970s. Carmarthen then suffered its worst floods for many years.
Steel Oak - Carmarthen, Wales.
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15 Welsh myths and legends to send a shiver down your spine
From a deal with the devil to the lady of the lake and an ancient oak, these are some of the myths and legends ingrained in Welsh heritage