Well, this is unexpected. The last two Mondays have been busy, so the Media Monday blog hasn't gotten done. I feel dumb, of course, but when that happens, I now have a new feature to fall back on: Writing Wednesday! This will be an occasional feature for when the Media Monday blog falls flat, but with this platform, you can expect some of the inner workings of my brain to be on display. Let's get started with a list of my all time favorite mythological creatures!
When people hear fairies, they automatically think of Tinkerbell or some such. Not me. The faeries I learned about in reading my fairy tales and myths are wildly unpredictable, even the Good Fairies (the Seelie) can be vengeful to those who hurt them or those under their protection. The Unseelie, or evil fairies act in vengeance toward the whole world or those who break their rules.
Sharing with the faeries are Tolkien's elves. Also, not always the purest hearted bunch (ask my friend Mirriam Neal and she'll tell you) but on the whole noble people, committed to care for the earth and humankind. Like the faeries of old, they are good to those who are friendly to them, giving, gentle, and given to singing and dancing. Respect them and they'll respect you.
Famous Faeries and elves include: Tatiana from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lady Galadriel, Celeborn, Legolas, Arwen Evenstar, and Elrond from Lord of the Rings, and Jareth the Goblin King from Jim Henson's Labyrinth (for the Unseelie faction).
Again, when you hear "Unicorn" what pops into your head? My Little Pony, right? The unicorn was once a powerful symbol representing purity, courage, and, under certain circumstances, Christ Triumphant, but this depended on accompanying symbolism within the artwork. The unicorn is a creature that is immortal, wise, and has much magic, which it uses to heal those who are ill. They are, however, not afraid to fight those who are trying to hurt them.
Famous unicorns of course include the characters from My Little Pony, Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn, and the unicorn from the "Hunt of the Unicorn" tapestry series.
Pegasi? Pegapeople? What *do* you call multiple Pegasus anyway? What is there to say, anyway? Come on, Winged horse! The favorite of the Greek goddess Athena, the Pegasus is the mount of the hero Bellerophon, and the carrier of Zeus' thunderbolts. Interestingly, there is only ever one Pegasus, technically that's the name of the horse himself. Famous Pegasus/winged horses include Hercules' mount Pegasus in the Disney film, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy from My Little Pony, and Strawberry from the Chronicles of Narnia.
Yeah, weird pick, seeing as how centaurs have... a mixed reputation. They're either insane drunkards or warriors in the Klingon mold. The noble warrior faction is headed by Chiron and Pholos, the friend and trainers of various Greek heroes, but most mythological centaurs are rather rude chaps. However, in most modern media, the centaurs are portrayed as powerful warriors in the mold of the above Chiron. Famous centaurs include Chiron as portrayed by Pierce Brosnan in Percy Jackson, General Oreius from the Chronicles of Narnia, and their appearances in the first Fantasia.
The dryads, or hamadryads if male, are creatures associated with trees. They are the guardians of the forests and live either inside or around trees. They are usually kind and gentle folk, but don't try to take their trees, hurt their animals, or threaten them. Otherwise, you will pay. I find them attractive because of their powers. I have always loved characters associated with nature, and these characters are no exception. Famous dryads or dryad like creatures include Treebeard and the Ents from Lord of the Rings, Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy, the Spring Sprite from Fantasia 2000, and the Lorax.
Yeah, the most stereo-typically girly thing on the face of the planet. The mermaid, like the dryad is a being who lives in and has some control over nature. Of course, everyone knows what one looks like, a beautiful girl with the tail of a fish, but this belies their function in most mythology. Like the dryads, they guard the waters, but unlike the dryads, who generally don't bother humans unless they get a little too fresh, certain mermaids will seek out sailors and drag them to their doom. In most modern fairy tales, they are benevolent people as a whole and don't understand humans, not comprehending why creatures so like them can't live underwater. Therefore they are redeemed from their older, less kind origins. Famous mermaids include (of course) Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Studio Ghibli's Ponyo, and Ondine, which are all basically the same story.
There you have it! I hope you enjoyed!
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