Mythical creatures have always been part of our history books. Some are even thought to exist at present, lurking in the shadows and trying to be discreet as it exists together with humans. Some are believed to be fictional, some a relative of an extinct species. No matter how we view these creatures, the truth remains that the fascination we have for them remains to be as eager as it was in the past. Have a look at Top 10 mythical creatures in history.
Dragons have always been a favorite and included in most folklores and enchanted stories. It has been depicted as a massive creature with wings or without that can fly in the skies and breathe fire. Historical books depict dragons both as foes and allies. The present day Komodo dragon is believed to be a descendant of the mythical creatures minus the size, the flying prowess and the ability to breathe fire. It has been a favorite mythical legend included in books and movies, both in the past as well as now at present.
Amazons are often depicted as female warriors living in the deep heart of the forest without the presence of men. They are believed to be man-haters as well but would capture a few every now and then to continue their lineage. They are often described as trained archers, can climb and move from trees to trees and are very skilled in the art of fighting. However, their extinction were never explained concretely in history books and stories.
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7. Dire Wolf
The massive wolves of the Stark family were not fictional after all but are already extinct. However, the dire wolf native to the North America was not as big as depicted in the TV series, although it was larger than the typical wolf. They are descendent of the genus Canis. The Canis Dirus or “fearsone dog” has a size roughly as big as the gray wolf but heavier. Carnivores in nature, the mammal has a smaller brain compared to the gray wolf and became extinct in North and South America during the Pleistocene epoch.
The unicorn, as well all grew knowing is a legendary horse with wings that gives it the capabilities to fly. It is considered as one of the most antique beasts in stories with a large, spiraling and pointed horn that is projected from its forehead. It is completely wild and is often a symbol of grace and purity. Many believed that it can only be captured by a virgin. The horns are considered very valuable with the capabilities to make poisoned water potable and heal various sicknesses.
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The Kraken was popularized as Alice’s greates foe in the story ‘Alice in Wonderland’. However, in the late 13th century, the Kraken is believes to be synonymous with the Hafgulfa, one of the two massive sea-monsters roaming in the waters of the Greenland Sea. The creature is believed to lack the capabilities of production explaining their small numbers. However, due to their massive size and ferociousness, its life spans as long as several millenniums swallowing men, ships, whales and everything within its reach.
Berserkers are believed to be savaged warriors that have lost all their humanity. They are killing machines that shows no mercy, some even say that this is because they have already lost their souls. However, in Norse mythology, they are considered as body guards to royal and noble courts. They are described as bare-chested warrior, others depict them wearing wolf or bear skins. They are often portrayed as villains and would constantly rape and murder villages that they capture. In history, berserkers served as guards of the Norwegian King Haralad I Fairhair in 872-930.
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Werewolves are shape shifter believed to be half men, half wolves and were living among us. According to legends, these men were possessed by their animal spirits, the wolf, during in times of need and danger to protect their village. However, one chieftain had to avenge his tribe from another chief who has used the wolf power to bring terror to their lands. He had to host the wolf spirit for a long period of time to the point that they could not separate man from the animal. This is believed to be the first werewolf, a man and his spirit wolf living in a single body.
The fairfolk are believed to be protectors and harnessers of the power of nature. They live deep in the forest where they protect the wilderness from people trying to exhaust nature’s reserves and treasures. Fairies are believed to spend considerable time with man, taking the form of a human blending in and trying to go unnoticed as they live among them.
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Dracula is a vampire, believed to have the powers to hypnotize men to be able to devour their blood. Believed to be immortals, vampires are commonly believed to be afraid of the sunlight and can be killed with a wooden stake to its heart. Due to its capabilities to drink blood, their youth remains even for hundreds of years. Vlad, the impaler is also one of the persons in history from whom Dracula originated.
There are indeed several other terrifying mythical creatures out there. Whether they do exist or not, they remain as frightening creatures we all fear of spending the dark with.
Top 10 Mythical Creatures
- Dire Wolf
Author – Joie Mojica-Gahum