Mythological Creatures

Mythological Creatures: Chimeras

Magical creatures are some of my favorite things, probably because I love animals and creativity, and mythological beasts are the perfect blend of those two things. Speaking of blends, the animal I’ll be introducing you to today is the Chimera. Chimera is from Greek Mythology and is described as having the head and forelegs of a lion, the hind legs …

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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: 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: 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: Phoenix vs. Thunderbird

Fantasy is filled with mythological creatures. But how well do we really know them? Who, off the top of their head, can define the difference between phoenix and a thunderbird? . No one? Okay, then let’s start a new blog series on . . . you guessed it. Mythological creatures! . Phoenix If you’ve read Harry Potter, then you have a good …

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