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The Afanc (Avanc, Addanc) is a creature from Welsh folklore that lives in lakes. It's description differs highly, ranging from dwarf, beaver and crocdile, but it is most favourably depicted as a large frog with claws on all limbs.

The Afanc is sometimes said to have magical powers and even the ability to speak Welsh. In one tale it uses these powers to turn its thrashing of the lake into the mythical deluge that appears in many mythologies.

The most common story that surrounds it is a town is plagued with its carnivourous activities so much that they resolve if they cannot kill it they shall take it to another lake away from them. They employ the Afanc's one weakness, a beautiful woman who lures the Afanc to sleep upon her lap. The villagers then bind the Afanc with (usually magical) chains and use two oxen to drag the creature across to the next lake. The brave woman's name in this story is not remembered which is a pity considering that in the struggle with the Afanc to chain it, it tore off one of her breasts.
Afanc - Mythical Creatures Guide


The lake given where it lived ranges from Llyn Llion to Llyn Y Afanc near Betws-Y-Coed.