By: Manuela Soares
Hey all, and happy Friday! I just started re-watching the show The Librarians on Hulu, and the episode on right now got me thinking about my favorite mythological things. So, I thought for this week’s post that I would write about five of my favorite mythological creatures. I think everyone at some point in their lives has had a mythological creature phase, or at least had a mythological phase where they looked into all the different pantheons and gods. Without further ado, here are five of my favorite mythological creatures.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid was one of my favorite movies when I was little. I could watch it over and over again and not get bored; though, it would drive my mom and grandparents batty sometimes. I’m also a big fan of swimming (though it’s been a long time), and given how vast and unexplored the oceans are, it’s fun to imagine what could be down there. Needless to say, I enjoy reading about them and the various takes people have on them. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning and Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly are two books that are on my TBR and hold list with my library that I’m looking forward to reading
Like mermaids, dragons have been a part of my life since I was a child. My grandfather was from Hong Kong, and between him and my mom, I grew up knowing a bit about the Chinese Zodiac system. Naturally, I was born in the year of the dragon. Ever since, dragons have captured my attention, and I love reading books that include them. The Inheritance Cycle Series by Christopher Paolini comes to mind, and of course The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien, and even Harry Potter (though the dragons were minor features over the course of the series).
What’s not to love about a three headed dog? Granted it’s massive and could easily kill someone, but given that it’s the guardian of the underworld and meant to keep souls from escaping, I don’t think that would be too much of an issue. I wonder if the three heads make it similar to a runespoor in personality and temperament? What do you think? Admittedly, I don’t know many books that feature the Cerberus, so if you have any recommendations leave a comment below.
The phoenix is a creature that I’ve always found incredible, and as I’ve gotten older, enjoyed the symbolism that it represents: rising from the ashes. Like Cerberus, I don’t know of many books that features a phoenix or fire bird other than Harry Potter and the Grishaverse, so please, leave recs if you’ve got them.
It’s a flying horse, what more really needs to be said? Many imaginary games were played as a child with my friends that featured the Pegasus, kingdoms in the sky, and magical adventures. I know Pegasus feature in the Chronicles of Narnia, but I haven’t read any of those since I was a kid. I’ve found a few that sound interesting on Goodreads so I’ll look into those, but all recs are appreciated!
Fluffy in Harry Potter was a three headed dog, and the thestrals are a kind of nightmarish pegasus. I haven’t read any other books with either of them though 😅
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