Welsh mythology is the western version of the Japanese Yokai….

Posted on Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 14:30

Welsh mythology is the western version of the Japanese Yokai. Full of bizarre beasts and spirits that seem far removed from those of a more classical mythology (I’m looking squarely at certain early fantasy novelists that were so busy making up a British Mythology that they swerved most of the good stuff we had here).

This is an image I knocked up of one of the Welsh lake and river monsters, a Chimerical beastie, part Crocodile and part Beaver, so I think it’d look like this… The English would probably name it a Beaverdile, or maybe a Crocodeaver… But in Cymru it is called the Afanc (Avank).

Why do I want a picture of an Afanc? Well, it seems at least one has a mention in “Ironmaster & Other Tales” and it just happens to be in the big battle at the zenith of the plot, that I thought might make a pretty good cover image…

 
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