The dragon sleeps nearby.
Those who arrive by the path from Touche Guérin must cross a rocky ridge before reaching Hôtié. If they know how to see the legend behind the reality (a gift that one quickly develops in Broceliande), they will easily recognize the shape of this relief… a dragon’s back, obviously! A dragon that has been sleeping there for ages, and that the trampling of the walkers does not even disturb. Well… until when? It is also said that if one puts the foot at a precise place of its spine, the fabulous monster will wake up and then… If one moves away from the Hôtié towards the right, while climbing on a few hundred meters, the claws of another buried monster rise towards the sky. It is necessary to climb there. The petrified paw of the saurian offers you one of the two most beautiful views of the forest…
And the leprechaun is not far away!
Purists claim that a specific variety of Breton goblins, the korandons, regulars of the dolmens, have taken up residence in the Jardin des Moines and the Hôtié de Viviane. Félix Bellamy, the greatest connoisseur of Broceliande at the end of the 19th century, was formal: “There especially dwell the Korrigans who dance on the mounds, at night, in the moonlight, around the raised stones; they sing words that no one could understand…”
From the Sacred Heights
After the ravages of the 1990 fire, the bare rocks below the Hôtié de Viviane, delivered a nice surprise. A dolmen appeared, recognizable despite its collapsed supports – the orthostats. The stones, protected by humus and vegetation, still had a deep purple color. The ridge was thus a place dedicated to the dead. Millennia later, it was dedicated to the fairies, with a certain continuity of thought: one remained there in the spirit world.
Text written by Claudine GLOT, Centre de l’imaginaire Arthurien (CIA)