NIA JONES celebrates St David’s Day by picking some of Wales’ most unusual mythical creatures

9. Adar Llwch Gwin

Adar Llwch Gwin

Adar Llwch Gwin

Giant and ferocious Griffin-like birds, the Adar Llwch Gwin were said to understand the human language and obeyed every command given to them by their keepers. The name Adar Llwch Gwin derives from the Welsh for birds = (Adar), dust = (Llwch) and wine = (Gwin).

8. Coblynau

Coblynau

Coblynau

Standing only 18 inches tall these helpful spirits assisted the miners by knock in tight places with rich lodes of precious metals or minerals. Always dressed in mining outfits; the Coblynau are the Welsh equivalent of the Cornish Knockers.

7. Y Tylwyth Teg

Y Tylwyth Teg

Y Tylwyth Teg

Known anciently by the natives as “Y Tylwyth Teg” which literally means “the fair folk”, Welsh faeries typically live in lakes or streams. The magical entities are said to resemble stunning fair humans with glassy blue eyes and blonde-white hair.

6. Yr Afanc

Yr Afanc

Yr Afanc

Yr Afanc was said to be a large demonic lake beast, which took the form of a grotesque dwarf, giant beaver or crocodile.. Protective of its surroundings The Afanc was said to attack and devour anyone who fished or entered its waters without its permission.

5. Y Cyhyraeth

Y Cyhyraeth

Y Cyhyraeth

Similar to the Irish Banshee, the Cyhyraeth is a seldom heard formless death spirit. This apparition is said to groan and cry before a death, or multiple deaths caused by a disaster or epidemic, she also wails for the death of natives who have died away from their homeland.

4. Y Gwyllgi

Y Gwyllgi

Y Gwyllgi

A frightening black dog, similar to a mastiff with fiery red eyes stalked the country roads of Wales. The beast’s howling could be heard through the night, an apparition so terrifying that whoever caught its gaze would be paralysed and drop down dead.

3. Morgens

Morgens

Morgens

Mean-spirited yet beautiful water nymphs that lured foolish men to their deaths with false glimpses of bucolic underwater gardens and palaces adorned with crystals and gold. The Morgens also enjoyed destroying crops and flooding villages by manipulating the water supply.

2. Llamhigyn Y Dwr

Llamhigyn Y Dwr

Llamhigyn Y Dwr

A frog-like-bat-lizard hybrid which resided in Welsh lakes, ponds, and swamps, its other name being a Water Leaper. The Llamhigyn Y Dwr is a wild carnivorous being, feeding on livestock and was even known to attack fishermen.

1. Y Ddraig

Y Ddraig

Y Ddraig

Y Ddraig (Dragon) has emerged from the combination of Arthurian legend and welsh folklore. Merlin advised King Vortigern of a prophecy dream that involved a red and white dragon locked in battle. The red eventually triumphing over the white, this foretold that the Welsh would overcome their Anglo-Saxon invaders.

Nia Jones
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