Bethesda Dragon Becomes Major Hazard in Wales

Bethesda Dragon Becomes Major Hazard in Wales

The dragons in Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim may be tremendously tough to defeat, but their threat is only virtual. However, now a real Bethesda dragon is threatening residents in Wales.

To be more specific, the police force of the town of Bethesda in Wales has had to issue a statement about the Bethesda Dragon sculpture on the side of a local road. Called the Draig Dderw, the “Dragon of Bethesda” has been carved out of oak and is a massive 6 feet tall and 12 feet wide. The wooden sculpture can be seen perched on a rock near the woods on the A5 and it’s so impressive that many people have shown up to gawk at it.

In a Facebook post, the Bangor & Bethesda office of the North Wales Police force explains that some motorists have been slowing down or stopping outright to view the Bethesda Dragon. “There has already been one accident and numerous near misses on this section of road which really does require a drivers [sic] full concentration,” writes the force.

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The police force called for drivers to concentrate at all times and find somewhere safe to park and walk to the sculpture if they want to see it. Simon O’Rourke, the sculptor who was commissioned to make the piece, echoed these calls with a Facebook post of his own. “Please be careful and mindful of traffic!” wrote the creator, who also reminded people that the sculpture of the dragon is located on a “tiny layby” on a “dangerous road.”

The Bethesda Dragon had already become quite popular within the local community. Comments on Facebook confirm that local people love the sculpture, despite the potential dangers that its popularity is causing.

As posts on social media reach fans of Bethesda (the game developer),  more visitors are expected to show up. Fans of The Elder Scrolls have created mods for the game that add lots of new content, they’ve read all of the books in the game, and they’ve made sculptures of their own. It doesn’t seem outlandish to suggest that Bethesda fans would trek to a town in north-west Wales just to see a wooden dragon as well.

Source: North Wales Live


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