Category Archives: Mythic Creatures

Winged Horses and Wingabeasts
(A Guest Post by Janalyn Voigt)

I’ve tweaked my blog schedule this week to participate in a blog tour for Janalyn Voigt, whose epic fantasy novel DawnSinger released several months ago. She’s graciously offered to give away one copy of her novel (in your choice of … Continue reading

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Like Trees Walking

“The first tree she looked at seemed at first glance to be not a tree at all but a huge man with a shaggy beard and great bushes of hair. She was not at all frightened: she had seen  such … Continue reading

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Favorite Mythic Creatures

Since Friday’s post was quite serious, I thought it was time for something fun. Most fantasy readers and writers have at least passing familiarity with the bountiful number of mythic creatures invented over the year and have likely come up … Continue reading

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Mythic Creature: The Alphyn

Name: Alphyn or Alpheyn Appearance: A stocky creature, the alpyhn blends characteristics of lions and wolves with unique features of its own, its long, knotted tail perhaps the most distinctive. Most often, the tail was twisted into three knots, giving … Continue reading

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Mythic Creature: The Yale

Name: Yale or eale or centicore Appearance: Roughly the size of a hippopotamus or a large horse, the yale borrowed features from beasts as diverse as a lion and a wild boar. Depending on the legend, its body predominantly resembled … Continue reading

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Mythic Creature: The Balaur

Dragons and dragon-like creatures appear in almost every mythos in the world, each with unique traits and lore befitting the culture from which they sprang. The Romanian balaur is an intriguing example. Name: Balaur Appearance: Dragon-like creatures covered in serpentine … Continue reading

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Mythic Creature: The Njuggle

Name: Njuggle, Nuegle, Noggle, Nuggle, Nuggie Appearance: An amphibious creature, the njuggle appeared in the form of a horse or pony with a greenish mane and a wheel-like tail, which it would hide between its back legs to conceal its … Continue reading

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Mythic Creature: The Yeti

In the midst of deep wilderness, a strange form loomed, obscured by snow and trees. Travelers stumbled upon footprints, far larger than those left by any normal creature. Strange sounds filled the night air–whistles, grunts, and moans. And so the … Continue reading

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Mythic Creature: The Siyokoy

Legends of merfolk occur in almost every sea-faring culture, tales of alluring mermaids possessing deceptive beauty, mighty mermen summoning destructive storms, and diminutive merchildren holding their own amid the dangers of the ocean. Some accounts portray merfolk as hostile, some … Continue reading

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Mythic Creature: The Chimera

Name: Chimera or Chimaera Appearance: Awkward in appearance, the chimera possessed three heads–that of a lioness, goat, and snake. The lioness head came first, sometimes depicted with a close-cropped mane, other times with rays or flames surrounding it. This head … Continue reading

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