Region of origin: Wales

The afanc is a lake monster, in turns a demon or dragon, utilized in various Welsh folklore and stories, although which actual lake it calls home varies heavily depending on the source. The tales often involved terrorizing and eating townsfolk, being mollified by beautiful maidens and finally slain by knights and heroes once it could be lured from the safety of its watery domain, including some stories attributing killing the beast to King Arthur himself; the site of which is memorialized by a hoof-print on the shore of Llyn Barfog supposedly left by Arthur’s horse Llamrai as she dragged the afanc out of the water.

Originally posted on Tumblr on February 24, 2016

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