Monday, 8 April 2013

G is for...

art by Larry MacDougall

The Gwyllion are female creatures who live in the treacherous mountain areas of Wales. Their name comes from the Welsh word gwyll which means gloom and darkness. This creature appears as hag dressed in grey clothes and wearing a four-pointed hat - they can sometime even disguise themselves as goats.

Gwyllion are often mistaken for kind old women by unfortunate travellers who have lost their way. These creatures will offer to guide them back on the right path, but once they have realised their mistake in following her (usually by hearing her very distinctive laugh) it would be too late and she will drown them in mountain lakes.

During bad weather a Gwyllion may visit a humans home in order to get warm and escape the rain. If this happens then great care must be taken to not offend her - she must be offered clean water and all metal knives must be hidden from view.


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you Larry :) I hope you don't mind me using your wonderful artwork.

  2. Oh, I want to borrow you Gwyllion too. I believe that you are going to populate my next story with all your wonderful creatures.

    1. Borrow as many as you want! I would absolutely LOVE to read a book with all these creatures in! I'll definitely be buying a copy!

  3. I have a photo of a gwyllion in the woods by a rushing river.