Author Nadine Brandes

Mythological Creatures: Orcs & Cyclopes

Which would you rather be: A one-eyed metalworker? Or cannibal? 😛 Today’s mythological creatures talk is on Cyclopes and Orcs. Enjoy. 😛   Cyclops In short, Cyclopes are moody giant-like creatures who have only one eye and are skilled mason-workers. Yeah, I didn’t know about the skilled mason-worker thing, either. Cyclopes tend to live in caves and the most famous cyclops was Polyphemus, who …

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Mythological Creatures: Satyrs & Fauns

Okay, which would you rather be…half goat, or half horse? No, not like cool-centaur-person. I’m talking satyrs and fauns. I think you’ll be surprised to learn these mythological creatures have been confused and mixed up a lot more than they ought to be. Satyrs Satyrs aren’t just half-goat-guys. Roman mythology is what paints them as half goat (legs, tail, horns and ears) but …

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Mythological Creatures: Giants & Gnomes

Ever been embarrassed by your height? (Or lack thereof?) Well, today on the mythological creatures channel, we’re going to make you feel a little shorter (or a little taller) by talking giants and gnomes. You thought you had it rough? Giants   In short, if you didn’t know already, giants are humans of enormous strength and size. Giants pop up in …

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Mythological Creatures: Dragons & Griffins

Tread carefully…there be dragons about! Today’s mythological creatures are dragons and griffins, two of the most popular mythological creatures seen in speculative fiction. Are you ready? Are you sure?   Dragon The dragon is possibly the best-known mythological creature. They originated in early Greek myths and played a huge part in Greek mythology. A dragon named Ladon guarded the Garden …

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Mythological Creatures: Chupacabras & Werewolves

Don’t ask how many times it took me to correctly spell chupacabra. Chupa-what? Yeah, I ran across this beauty a while back and couldn’t resist. You’re about to learn all about it in our mythological creatures dissection today. Chupacabra This poor creature is as ugly as its name. Okay…it’s uglier. If you break down the name into its original meaning, it …

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Mythological Creatures: Vampires & Zombies

It’s rather popular to be undead right now. But not as a vampire (that’s so yesterday.) You, my friend, will reach utmost popularity if you are a zombie or, at least, a zombie-killer (better yet, an expert at zombie-apocalypse survival.) . Today, during your mythological creatures tour, please wrap a leather scarf around your neck (particularly your arteries and veins) and …

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Mythological Creatures: Merfolk & Sirens

Mermaids and Mermen Ah, Ariel…what have you done to the history of merfolk? I hate to break it to you, but mermaids weren’t known to be the kindest of creatures (you know, back when they were real [wink].) Because they were most often spotted by sailors (even Christopher Columbus reported seeing three mermaids on his first voyage to the Americas) …

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Mythological Creatures: Unicorn & Pegasus

Every woman in fantasy wants a unicorn. It’s like girls and horses…just add a horn and a fantasy world. Guys usually want a dragon. But, to remain well-rounded and up to speed on fantasy creatures, today we’ll take a deeper look at the difference between a unicorn and a pegasus.   Unicorn Unicorns were once considered real. They have their own versions in …

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Mythological Creatures: Naiads & Dryads

Nymph. Not only is it a fun word, but nymphs are diverse mythological creatures that can lead to all sorts of in-depth fantasy world building.  We have water nymphs and tree nymphs and cloud nymphs and wind nymphs and any other type of nymph you could think of. The two most common types of nymphs we see in fiction, however, are the naiad (water …

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Mythological Creatures: Centaurs & Minotaurs

How many of you have wished that you were half-horse? Or half-bull? Oh, come on. You can admit it! Okay, neither have I. But for those who have no choice and were born as centaurs or minotaurs, here’s a blog post to help the rest of us humans understand why they are the way they are: Minotaurs Minotaurs also come from Greek mythology. …

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