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The Spirit Of Llyn-nad-y-forwyn


Source: Welsh Folk-lore

It is said that a young man was about to marry a young girl, and on the
evening before the wedding they were rambling along the water's side
together, but the man was false, and loved another better than the woman
whom he was about to wed. They were alone in an unfrequented country,
and the deceiver pushed the girl into the lake to get rid of her to marry
his sweetheart. She lost her life. But ever afterwards her Spirit
troubled the neighbourhood, but chiefly the scene of her murder.
Sometimes she appeared as a ball of fire, rolling along the river Colwyn,
at other times she appeared as a lady dressed in silk, taking a solitary
walk along the banks of the river. At other times, groans and shrieks
were heard coming out of the river--just such screams as would be uttered
by a person who was being murdered. Sometimes a young maiden was seen
emerging out of the waters, half naked, with dishevelled hair, that
covered her shoulders, and the country resounded with her heart-rending
crying as she appeared in the lake. The frequent crying of the Spirit
gave to the lake its name, Llyn-Nad-y-Forwyn.

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