THE TROLL AUTHORITY

Recently, I wrote a List of Mythical Creatures page that included a lot of trolls. So, I decided that the time was right, and I needed to write a Troll Authority. The other inspiration is this story.

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TROLLS IN TOLKIEN

I am a big huge fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, as you can probably tell from reading this blog. In the Hobbit, his first published work, trolls are sort of comedy relief. Their names are Bert, Tom, and William. They are a bunch of blundering idiots for the most part, and end up getting tricked by Gandalf and turning into stone.

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In Lord of the Rings, a book with a slightly less silly tone, they are big hulking monsters, and don’t really speak that much, acting as slaves. Also, the origin of Trolls is partially told, we are informed they come from the shadow in the North and were originally lumpy animal things.

The Silmarillion, the book of Elvish legendary traditions, also includes their origin story. They were bred by Morgoth in mockery of Ents (spirits made because of Yavanna’s request to protect Trees).

A lot of modern fantasy Trolls are sort of based on Tolkien’s trolls.

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DAVID THE GNOME

In David the Gnome, an old cartoon series which is actually really good, the trolls are depicted as the arch-enemies of gnomes. The specific trolls appearing in the series are really cool, and have tails. Also, like in Tolkien, they turn to stone with light. They are not the smartest, so gnomes usually can defeat them. They also steal human babies because their own babies are so weird.

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DA DA DA DA DA TROLLS, IRON WITCHES, AND TROLLDOM

Da da da da da Trolls (also commonly known as internet trolls) is really just a term for people that write mean and/or dumb comments on websites. Just getting that clear.

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Now, in original Norse Lore, trolls were one of the four types of nature spirits, the others are Jotuns, Purs, Risi. Jotuns are giants and enemies of Odin, Purs faded into monsters, and Risi sort of were the inspiration for Wood Elves, as opposed to Alfs.

By the way, I could not find a single picture of purs or risi, so if you are making a fantasy book, those four races would be awesome.

Anyway, Trolls became mysterious magical hermits living in large family groups. Then as time went on more traits were assigned to them, such as turning into stone during the day, hating lightning, and wanting to drink Christian blood. Grendel is a sort of Anglo-Saxon equivalent, and Tomte are Germanic.

In Old English, the word giant was Ent (Tolkien’s giant tree shepherds are based on that) and in Norse, the word is Jotun. The Trolls were a sort of more magical Jotun. The Iron Witches are also called Troll-wives of the Iron Wood. Thus, Trolldom is their word for one type of magic.

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BRIDGE TROLLS

In the later Fairy Tale traditions, many older Fey Folk were adopted into more sophisticated tales. Trolls mainly were given the Ugly Stupid Dimwitted Monster treatment, and distanced from older tales of primordial wars between gods and jotuns. One story emerges from this time.

The Riddling Troll Under the Bridge.

This guy will cause you real problems if you are late for a meeting and need to cross his bridge. He is usually included in fantasy universes just for show.

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TROLLS AS MAHAS AND TROLLS AS FAIRIES

Trolls were the inspiration for one guy to make a little doll with spiky hair. It was a hit!! So now it’s a big company.

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Disney made a movie of it, but it does not do justice to the original troll “dolls.” These kind of trolls can also be called ma-has.

Also, many types of fey are similar to trolls, partly because over the years trolls have sucked in many other lesser known fairy-folk.

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These are some links you might find helpful if you are researching trolls and other types of fairies.

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Alright everybody, that concludes the Troll Authority! Hope you enjoyed it, and if you did, like and comment and subscribe. Or not, I mean, you don’t have to. But please do. Next up: the Ogre Authority and more List of Mythical Creatures!

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Today on ImaginaryCreatureAuthority, we present Ten Mythical Creatures! These are ten Spirits of the Unknown.

These today are mostly Evil Foul creatures.

 

 

WINGED PIG

The winged pig is a mythical creature that can either be an unclean spirit (probably has to do with pigs being unclean animals in Jewish culture) or funny cute creatures. (e.g. When Pigs Fly)

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IFRIT

In original Middle Eastern folklore, Ifrits are fire demons. Basically Balrogs. Islamic religion holds them to be a “class” of Jinn.

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SLIME SPIRITS

Ghosts or Evil Spirits that use Slime to mind control their victims.

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WITCH

These are creepy old ladies that got in too deep with ghosts and things. They are permanently mutated by evil spirits, so they live alone with fifty or so cats.

 

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CLOUDED PHANTOM

These phantoms breathe poisonous gas everywhere they go. They are very creepy.

 

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DEATH HEAD

In mythology, death heads are hideous and gross creatures. They are skulls with their guts trailing behind them. (yeah, gross.) The name death head just means skull in general, but this is a specific creature. A variant is the Vampire Pumpkin, a pumpkin with guts trailing behind it.

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OK, let’s take a break from all this creepiness.

 

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Everyone feel better? OK, here we go.

 

 

SKULL

These are skeleton monsters of any sort, other than human. For instance a skeleton dragon.

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VAMPIRE

We all know what vampires are. Blood sucking monsters that turn into bats.

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GIRAFFE SPIRIT

These are basically the giraffe version of ghosts.

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IRON WITCH

From Norse mythology, this is one type of creature living in Jotunheim. The others are Jotuns, Ettins, Vulture-headed-giants, Wolf-headed-giants, Warks, Ice Giants, Fire Giants, Rock Giants, and their servants trolls. One was married to Loki, in some versions. They live in the Iron Wood with the Troll-wives.

 

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Technically this is a witch of thought, but whatever.

 

 

And so there is a deeply weird list of mythical creatures! If you are new to the blog, find the first page of the list Here. And if you are very confused, go to the about page, but that might not help much. And whether you are a newcomer or an old subscriber, please subscribe for more! Also comment. And like. And share.

 

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HORNED TROLL

This fascinating troll subspecies exists for the sole reason that Everything is Better with Horns. These are the more traditional folklore trolls, as opposed to Cave Trolls or Mountain Trolls, which are usually Tolkienesqe.

 

 

SWAMP TROLL

These are creepy trolls that have slime on them and rise slowly out of the misty murky water. Often these will have an army of alligatorfolk or something. A lot of times these are based on Grendel’s mom.

 

 

SMALL TROLL

These are the more Elvin type of troll. Sometimes called Tomte, these trolls are funny little men who live in caves.

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A nice troll family reunion.

 

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Anyone who has been following this blog for a long time has probably heard of Yggdrasil, the world tree in Norse mythology. For those of you who haven’t, here’s a quick recap.

There are nine worlds on Yggdrasil:

Midgard land of men,runes. sold. Nilfheim land of Spectres, Nilfs, and cold,niflheim

Jotunheim land of giants,jotun baby loki is cool thor ragnarok

Alfheim land of the light alfs,alfheim, elfhome, is in every garden

Asgard land of the gods (thor and loki and odin),

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Vanaheim home of the Vanir (secondary gods who in reality are from an even more ancient religion, and in Norse mythology they are from a previous Age.),

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Musplheim home of the muspls and the Fire Illi Adin,

Myrkheim home of the Dokkl (dwarfs),

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and Svartlheim home of the Svartl (Dark Elfs).*

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Tolkien, who often used mythology for his stories (he was, in fact, trying to write a “mythology”), used Svartl as the inspiration for his Moriquendi. Also, D&D, Elder Scrolls, and Warhammer all use some variant of “Dark Elves”, whether Drow, Dumner, or some other Thin Cover Up Name**.

 

*There is some controversy over what the last world is. Some say Svartl and Dokkl are the same thing, but sometimes both their worlds are mentioned in cosmology lists so I think they are separate. Also sometimes the Tenth world is Hevn, but that’s a Biblical Illusion that doesn’t really fit. Also, one world might be Hel, and that IS IN the legends, but it’s pretty similar to Nilfheim. But this is getting to deep into the technical stuff.

**BTW, I don’t think the thin cover up names are actually to disguise the fact that these are dark elves, it’s mainly to make it so the fan feels a depth to the fantasy world.

 

 

BOGGLE

Boggles are basically your classic Slimy Evil Cringing Minion. They’re similar to Bugs, Boggarts, Bogs, Boggy Bones, and Bugeiries. Basically, all those creatures are interchangeable, but to put a finger on a specific one, in this case Boggles, we will look at what comes up when you Google them.

OK, what came up was some sort of word search game, so let’s Google “Boggle Folklore”

 

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Some sort of ghost in an old fashioned hat.

 

 

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A mischievous boggle, also wearing a cool hat.
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A cartoony one.
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A pan/satyr/puck interpretation
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Stringy Jack type thing.
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Dramatic boggle.

 

 

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Oh this little fellow is cute.

 

It seems like nobody has really decided what boggles look like. But maybe that’s because they’re shape shifters. So, boggles are a cool creature that isn’t too common, and it might be cool to have them as a fantasy race.

 

 

RATMAN

Also called Ratfolk or skaven, these are common in many genres. They usually live in like the sewers or something, and often have a Japanese style culture for some reason. A lot of people think that rats are gross (I think they’re kind of cute myself) rats and vultures are cayute

so these are often drooling slime and with one eye missing and stuff.

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WEREWOLF

The werewolf is a classic monster. He is in lots of old movies (sometimes called Wolfman even though the literal translation of werewolf is Manwolf) and also is in Lord of the Rings, although Tolkien, as with his use of vampires, probably just used the word Werewolf for it’s modern wolf monster connotations.

 

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ANTMAN

Same as with skaven, these are more modern fantasy creatures, although in Greek Mythology Zeus made some. Usually hardworking and with a hive mind thing.

And this is different from Antman the superhero.

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GOLEM

In Jewish folklore, Golems are made by wizards as servants. They are created by casting a spell on a human shaped clay statue.

In Minecraft there are two kinds, Snow Golems and Iron Golems. They protect villagers, Steve, Dogs, and Alex.

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BLACK ORC

In many fantasy worlds, orcs are bad guys. “Orcs” in Tolkien’s world is the Gondolin word for Goblin. (e.g. Orcrist=Goblin Cleaver) These are one variant. For more on Orcs, go here.

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Hello everybody, and welcome to Imaginary Creature Authority!!489fec9be91b0112ff1c1f7cd805963b[1]

Today, I give you another post in the List of Mythical Creatures!

This one is TEN MONSTERS AND BEASTS!!

But, be sure to comment about What Post You Want to See Next!

More Lists of Mythical Creatures?? An Authority on a specific creature you are curious about?? Another story??

 

TEN MONSTERS AND BEASTS

 

WINGED UNICORN

Sometimes known as the Alicorn (although an Alicorn usually refers to the horn of a unicorn in original legends). Obviously, everyone knows what a unicorn is. But in case you don’t, here is a picture.

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So, a winged unicorn is basically a Pegasus, with a horn. They can be really cool, and in Persian Assyria winged unicorns are symbols of evil, which calls back to the original, darker mythological traits associated with unicorns.

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BAKU

The Baku are giant, elephant-like creatures from Chinese and Japanese folklore. They supposedly were pieced together out of spare parts the kami had left over after creating all the animals, and they are awesome because they eat nightmares.

In the various religion changes of Japan, the Baku has changed over time. The common depiction is an elephant head and tiger legs, but sometimes they have other combinations of Ox, Elephant, Tiger, and Rhinoceros traits.

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UNICORN

Horse or goat with one horn. In original mythology it was ferocious like a lion.

 

 

JACKALOPE

The Jackalope is one of the traditional animals of American folklore. They are basically rabbits with horns. If you go on a vacation out to the north western united states, chances are you will see a statue of a Jackalope along the road or something. There is also the winged jackalope.

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AHUIZOTL

Ahuizotls are awesome creatures that are kind of like evil underwater dogbeavers. They steal people’s eyeballs and fingernails after drowning them. In Aztecian- Aztec?- Azteceze?- the name means Spiky aquatic thing, because they have spikes all over them sometimes.

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Oh yeah, they also have a hand on their tail.

 

 

CHICKEN HORSE/HYPPOLECTRION

The Chicken Horse is one of the traditional Greko-roman hybrids. Apparently. This can work either as a chicken with a horse head or a horse with a chicken head.

By the way, Hippo or Hyppo means Horse, that’s how we get Hippogriffs (Horse griffin) and Hippopotami (Horse of the River). So do not call a Hippopotamus a Hippo. BTW, If I was a scientist I would call Hippopotami HippoLipos.

 

 

GIANT ANT

This is a case of the Fifty Foot Whatever AND of Giant Bug. Can it get much better? What these are is basically an Ant, just really big. (Or else the people are really small.)

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FIERY SALAMANDER

Originally just called Salamanders. But since salamanders are now real animals, these have to be called something else. Fiery Salamanders live in volcanos because they are fire elementals in the Alchemic tradition.

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SINGING BANANA

This is the single most popular mythical creature ever. In original Scandinavian mythology, these were the third race to be unfrozen by the Cosmic Cow (The Cosmic Cow is actually in the mythology. I’m not making that one up) and live in Bananaheim. You might have heard the legend that Yggdrasil is an Ash tree. It is actually a Banana tree.

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HEIRACOSPHINX

The Sphinx is a pretty well known creature. It is a Lion with a human head found all over ancient Mediterranean and Middle Eastern legends. But, there are other variants as well. The Heiracosphinx is a lion with a sphinx head, and may have been the forerunner for the griffin. This creature is well known enough that it is in D&D, Pathfinder, and Yu-Gi-Oh! but rare enough that it isn’t overused.

 

Next List: Ten Cool Creatures With Humanoid Features!!!

Dragon Species Guide

It seems that no matter how many things I write about dragons, I  can never quite exhaust the subject. (I dunno, maybe my readers think I have)

So, I thought it would be fun to make a list of dragon species, including such honorable drakes such as the Knucker and the Incognito.

The European Dragon. This is the classic dragon, with green or red scales, fire breath, and giant wings. Oh, they also hoard treasure.

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The Knucker. These come from Beowulf and are a sort of small water dragon. They can fly but not very well, as their wings are so small. They like to steal small objects and trash from nearby houses.

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The Gargouille. Although in the legend the Gargouille is a monstrous water dragon, they are often, because their name sounds like Gargoyle, used as these small mischievous dragons that live right alongside humans in cities and pretend to be statues when looked at.

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The Frost Dragon. This is a common way to get a cool fantasy creature. Just take a mythical creature, and put in in the snow! It will also have snow camouflage. These breathe blasts of ice and not fire.dragonlogy

The Basilisk. This is sometimes a dragon, but because of Harry Potter it is now usually a really big snake.

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The Dwarf Dragon. We are seeing more and more of these. With the How to Train Your Dragon books, these skyrocketed (I am reading the books again because of the Norse Mythology Fuse lit in my brain from the Thor: Ragnarok trailer). What they are is just a dragon, made bite sized! If you want to introduce a character as being more on the awesome side of fantastical stuff, give him one of these. They can hunt, be cute, be a guard dog, and serve as comedy relief.

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The Wyvern. The Wyvern is one of the coolest creatures. These are being used more and more lately, to combat the Smaug stereotype European dragon. They have only two legs, making them more realistic and like normal animals I suppose, and are just really, really, cool. There is also the sea-wyvern, a good choice I suppose for someone why wantssss a new name for Sssssssssea Serpentssssss.

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The Ryu. These are cool because they can read. They are quite humanoid actually, marking a splitting off in modern dragon lore from the monster dragons.

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The Lindworm. This is a really cool dragon that has no wings and only two legs. They are desert or grassland dragons, small, and are one step away from being just a plain snake.

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The Hydra. These are sometimes considered the original dragon, and are from what some would call Classical Mythology (Greek and Roman). They have three heads, some even have seven. Each head works together to catch and eat prey, which ranges from bunny rabbits to wandering heroes to other giant monsters they share the Lerna Valley wasteland with.

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The Marsupial dragon. These funny Australian dragons are really quite peaceful. They aren’t very popular- Dragonology is the main thing that uses them.

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The Incognito. This dragon is almost more of a fairy. Nobody knows what they look like, and they are very mysterious. Also they are very awesome. Although Incognito is a dragon in the How to Train Your Dragon video game, Rise of Berk, this guy is actually a Changewing. So, not a species in that universe. They are a species in Dragon Story, where they are dragons that disguise as another dragon.

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The Cockatrice. This is not necessarily a dragon, but it is often considered a pseudo-dragon. They are what happens (in the legend) when a chicken egg is taken in by a toad and raised by it. They hate weasels and Basilisks. They breath poison, screech deafeningly loud, and have a very Tash-like general frightening aura.

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The Sea Serpent. The Sea Serpent is so common I probably might as well not describe it to you. And anyway, it’s name should be a pretty good guide. It is a serpent living in the sea. They are related to the lake serpent, AKA Nessie, AKA Oshme, etc. The Sea Serpent is known for wrapping around the ship and squeezing it. They can be seen wrestling with the Kraken.sea

Another mythical creature that is sometimes considered a dragon is the Naga. These are evil creatures with a dragon tail and a human head on top of it, although sometimes they are just half human half snake.

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Then, there are a lot of dragons with copyrights on them, like those in How to Train your Dragon, Harry Potter, and Dragonology that are only in one work. The ones listed above are ones that are all over the place, and thus I can tell they aren’t copyrighted.

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To make a work mainly concerned with dragons, it is practically a requirement that you make a whole bestiary of dragons. That is why I keep writing more articles about them, because there is so much baggage to the draconic race.

For further reading, there is this link to go to. LINK And if you like stories, here are some. Story 1 Story 2. Next, the Talking Animal Authority!!!

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Hello everybody! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. Anyway, here are ten Spirits of the Unknown.

 

LIGHTNING BEINGS

Lightning Beings (or Energy Beings) are a common thing in science fiction. They are just a being made out of lightning. These usually will electrocute for their main weapon and if they are really big, they will probably cause a  disturbance in the power and will be hard to locate on the radar.

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GHOST

A real classic. These come in all forms, from invisible poltergeists to friendly ghosts to semi-transparent relatives that are back from the dead and coming for you. What these are is the spirits of dead people that still walk the Earth. They can come back to the world of the living for a number of reasons. It could be for revenge, it could be to serve as a spirit guide for a descendant, maybe they didn’t even realize they’re dead, or they just hate anyone that’s still alive and want to make them be ghosts too.

In Harry Potter, ghosts are wizards that are too afraid of what lies beyond death, so they arrange for themselves to become ghosts. Often, they regret this later. Part of the reason ghosts are so common is because Ghost is such a general term. There are Specters, Poltergeists, Will o’ the Wisps, and a lot more that are coming soon to the collective list so I won’t spoil them.

For more information on undead in general, go here.

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BANSHEE

Banshees are Irish spirits (notice that an alternate spelling is Bansidhe) that have many common spirit traits, but are mainly known for their wailing. They are an omen of death, so if you are about to die, you may hear a Banshee going “Waaaaaaaaaail” in the distance. In some modern fantasy their cry actually causes death by being so high pitched, but choose whatever They have the appearance of a ghostly woman in long black robes to show mourning.

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HALFLING

Halflings are Hobbits. But, the Tolkien family wasn’t going to let Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) use that name. So they called them Halflings. Originally, Halflings were just like Tolkien Hobbits. They were quiet folk, ate a lot of snacks, drank a lot of tea. But when D&D noticed that a lot of people were playing their halflings as nomad groups exploring the great wilderness, so that side of them is now featured on their page at dnd.wizards.com.

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SEPTER

The Septer is a spirit that takes the form of a ghost, but is really a separate entity. They are usually friendly, and tend to live in graveyards. In a fantasy setting, these can be used to explain why people see ghosts. Unless ghosts are real in that world, in which case they can just be cool people you meet in a graveyard.

 

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These type of things. These are not actual septers though. Septers are a very rare fantasy creature.

 

 

GORGON

These aren’t really spirits, but I put them in here anyway because they usually hang out with evil spirits and other foul creatures. Anyway, Gorgons in Greek mythology were three sisters who lived in a cave. Their names were Medusa, Stheno, and Euryale.

The most famous one is Medusa, who has snakes growing instead of hair, and if you look at her eyes you turn to stone (kind of like what happens if you see a basilisk in the mirror).

The other sisters usually have the same description, but sometimes they are each a different kind of hideous spirit. When this happens, Stheno will have bat wings and a lizard of toad like head; and Euryale is really blob-like.

As a species, Gorgons will typically spit venom, have snake hair, and have bat wings.

(Bat wings are a universal sign of evil)

 

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Is it just me or do these look like Weeping Angels?

 

 

 

HAG

Hags are the typical old-creepy-lady-living-in-the-woods. (OCLLITW) They can also live in swamps, making them OCLLITS. They typically have green skin, long stringy hair, and for good measure a giant wart on the nose. When these are their own species, making them- oh never mind- they kidnap young girls and transform them into the next hag generation.

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SPECTER

The Specter is an evil spirit. Unlike a ghost, they don’t haunt you, but they are an apparition. They don’t talk, or scream, or rattle their chains, they just stand their looking terrified (and terrifying!). In The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, there is at least one specter in the crowd of creatures watching Jadis kill Aslan. Lucy and Susan can feel in gliding past them “like a cold wind”.

YIKES! Let's get out of here Scoob!

 

 

BLEURS

Bleurs are spirits living in the attic that occasionally capture kids. They aren’t really that scary looking, they just look like a blur, but they are deadly. Not seen in the wild. They prefer to stay in their bigger on the inside hidden attic cubby.

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MOMSTERS

Momsters are obviously just a joke. It’s the word Mom combined with Monster. Haha. But, it would still be a good fantasy creature for a bestiary. Also that would be a cool name for a movie.

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