The Afanc

This Autumn Richard, Raine and I went (briefly) to Crickhowell Literary Festival. I had no idea we were in such a rich area for Welsh mythology, which has become part of our consciousness and literature. It's random finds like this that keep my imagination lively: I recommend spontaneous visits, whether or not you're an author. It loosens you up. I even recommend it where you live: act like a tourist and new pathways open (often literally). Anyway, Wales. About ten minutes from our hotel I found a crannog, which is a setting in book 3, and the lake at Llangorse, where it’s likely Arthur found Excalibur, also holds a legendary monster, the Afanc. I’m betting Tolkien based his monster that ris

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