Afanc

Freshwater Monster of Wales.

Etymology: Welsh, "beaver." The cognate Irish word abhac ("dwarf") derives from abha ("river"), which may signify a water spirit.

Variant name: Addanc.

PP'hysical description: Variously described as a giant beaver or crocodile.

Behavior: Causes flooding. Drags people into the water.

Distribution: Llyn yr Afanc (Beaver Pool), Betws-y-coed, Conwy, Wales; Llyn Barfog and Llyn-y-cae in Gwynedd, Wales; Llyn Glaslyn, Powys, Wales.

Significant sightings: King Arthur is said to have slain an Afanc in Llyn Barfog.

oliver Vaughan saw the pale head of an animal in Llyn Glaslyn from the slope of Snowdon in the 1930s.

Sources: John Rhys, Celtic Folklore, Welsh and Manx (Oxford: Clarendon, 1901), p. 130; F. W. Holiday, The Great Orm ofLoch Ness (New York: W. W. Norton, 1969), pp. 131-132; F. W. Holiday, The Dragon and the Disc (New York: W. W. Norton, 1973), p. 85; Susan Cooper, Silver on the Tree (London: Chatto and Windus, 1977); James MacKillop, Oxford Dictionary ofCeltic Mythology (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998), p. 5.

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