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 also come from Greek mythology. There was one main minotaur who was trapped in the center of Daedalus’s labyrinth as punishment for being the offspring of Daedalus’s wife. Prior to some classic fantasy, “the minotaur” was just one creature from Greek mythology. They weren’t really depicted as a “race” of creatures until C. S. Lewis’s Narnia series, where they served the White Witch.
Minotaurs have long legs and make good runners, though their bulk slows them down. They are also ommivors and live for about 60 years.
Two books in which you can find Minotaurs:
- The Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis (a race of minotaurs)
- The Percy Jackson Series, by Rick Riordan (the more classic understanding of one minotaur)
There are arguments about how Centaurs originated, but it all comes down to Greek mythology.
A centaur is the top half of a human and the torso of a horse. But that’s not the only thing that sets them apart. For the most part, centaurs are known as being uncivilized, short-tempered, and easily intoxicated. Civilized centaurs were rare. Did you know there were also deer-centaurs and dog-centaurs?
Centaurs could be hostile toward humans. The “human-side” of their breed left them cunning and ignorant, but they were more ruled by their passions and animal instincts. However, Chiron–the main centaur of Greek Mythology–was known as being wise and even related to one of the saints.
Some books you can find centaurs in:
- The Harry Potter Series, by J. K. Rowling
- The Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis
- Fablehaven Series, by Brandon Mull
What are some books that you’ve liked that present the centaur or minotaur well?