The Welsh legend of the Afanc of the River Conwy

In Welsh mythology the Afanc was a monster that lived in rivers, lakes and pools. They were powerful supernatural beasts that would cause the waters they lived in to rise and flood the surrounding land when they became angry. They would also kill humans and animals when given the opportunity and were very dangerous.

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In some versions of the legends the Afanc is a crocodile-like creature; in others it resembles a dwarf or demon. In this legend set around Snowdonia, Betws-y-Coed and the River Conwy it appears as a giant beaver-like creature.  Read more …