The Legend of Llyn y Ddau Ychain, The Lake of the Two Oxen and the Evil Spirit of Cerrigydrudion Church, Fairies in Welsh folklore and mythology, a tale from Cerrigydrudion Wales
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Title: The Legend of Llyn y Ddau Ychain, The Lake of the Two Oxen and the Evil Spirit of Cerrigydrudion Church


The speckled cow had two calves, which, when they grew up, became strong oxen.  In those days there was a wicked spirit that troubled Cerrig-y-drudion Church, and the people greatly feared this spirit. Everybody was afraid even in the daytime to pass the church, for there, day after day, they saw the evil one looking out of the church windows and grinning at them.  They did not know what to do to get rid of this spirit, but at last they consulted a famous conjuror, who told them that no one could dislodge their enemy but the Dau ychain Banawg.  They knew of the two long-horned cattle which fed on Waen Banawg.  There, therefore, they went, and brought the powerful yoke to the church.| After considerable difficulty they succeeded in dislodging the spirit and in securing it to a sledge to which these oxen were yoked. Now struggling to get free, he was dragged along by the powerful oxen towards a lake on Hiraethog Mountain, but so ponderous was their load and so fearful was the spirit’s contentions that the sledge ploughed the land between the church and the lake as they went along, leaving in the course that they took deep furrows. When they came to the hill, so terrible were the struggles of the oxen to get along, that the marks of their hoofs were left in the rocks where they may still be seen.  When at last they reached the lake, the spirit would not yield and therefore oxen, sledge, and spirit were driven into the lake and thus was the country rid of the evil one and hence the name of the lake—the Lake of the Two Oxen—for the oxen likewise perished in the lake.


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