Dragons, Griffins, Fairies, Oh My! Part 1

And we are back with your regularly scheduled filler posts~ Its a Wednesday. I am without content to give you (my book box for July has still not come in) and I have nothing else to say but to tell you about the beautiful creatures that are my favorite mythical creatures.

As the title suggests, I love mythical creatures, namely three: Dragons, Griffins, and High Fae. I decided to split this into three separate posts. Honorable mentions for favorites are Phoenix and Wraiths.

This will be about Griffins.

What is a Griffin? Officially.
A legendary creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. (sometimes an eagle’s talons as its front feet.)

Why a lion?
Its the king of beasts.

Why eagle?
Its the king of the birds

Griffins are money guarding (hoarding) monstrous beasts that are the king, in many cultures.

They became a Christian symbol of divine power and a guardian of the divine.

Other spellings: griffon or gryphon

Their History (Brief):
They appear in 15th century BC frescoes in the Throne Room of the Bronze Age Palace of Knossos
As well as in 5th-4th BC, in Central Asia, a thousand years after Bronze Age Crete.
In both Greece and Central Asia, they have appeared and continue to appear throughout history in multiple places through both Muslim and Christian culture, Europe and Asia.

What do they represent?
The Divine
Dual Nature (Divine and Human as they are of both earth and sky)
Evil and Good
Benevolent and Malevolent
Guardian and Punisher
Satan and Christ
The Sun and Light

Griffins are everywhere! They are in mythos, literature, on chariots (pulling them too), on gold, on tombs, on heralding. They have been in a multitude of cultures around the world

Good Qualities: Protector, guardian, gentle, noble, vigilant, steadfast, strong, fleet, virtuous, loyal.

Bad Qualities: Sinful, rapacious, vengeful, avaricious, wild, gluttonous, ferocious.

Sources and further reading: (look deeper than just this, it is a lot of fun!)
https://www.crystalinks.com/griffins.html
http://www.gryphonpages.com/research/symbolism/
https://mara-gamiel.blogspot.com/2009/06/griffin-symbolism.html
https://mythology.net/mythical-creatures/griffin/

So why Griffins? Why do I like them?

If all above is not enough to convince you that these fabulous creatures are not to die for, I am not sure what else I can say to convince you.

” The griffin is hailed as “the king of all creatures,” and it is has the right personality for its title: noble, fearsome, and above all else, protective. ”

They are powerful and protective, yet greedy. Overall they are interesting. I feel that in literature they are a very interesting creature to come across. Unlike the Sphinx that speak in riddles, or the Dragon, Griffins are dual creatures, good and bad. They represent all so much and much of nothing at the same time.

However, they are the biggest symbol of protection that I know. Griffins and Dragons may hoard but Griffins protect.

I suppose I like them for their dual nature the most. I like grey areas and complexity in that way. Things that are just one thing or another are never particularly fair, and I think that is why my top three choices are very complex and creatures of grey area. They are creatures, and their choices and reasoning never have to make sense to mere mortals like us, however none of my top three are particularly good nor bad. They simply are.

As you may know, I really like grey creatures and I like dual nature morality. I feel as if Griffins both represent this and are a good indicator of human nature as well. They represent the good and the bad of humans and to see that come into conflict with humanity… It’s wonderful just thinking about that.

In literature, I like my griffins other. I like them foreign and difficult to understand, but simplistic in nature. I like the complexity that comes from the moral tension of humans and the griffin. Conflict of morals and a good metaphor on humanity, count me in. Dangerous, and powerful the Griffin must be a fright, but easy to manage as long as the human can somewhat try to understand them. Otherwise I do not want the griffin to become something easily defeated. It is the king of all creatures, and I like my kings to be powerful.


I know naught what else to add. If you want me to ultimately make a post on Phoenix and Wraiths and why I like them, comment.

Until next time,

MM

P.S. I have a sore throat and don’t want to read this one aloud, maybe I’ll come back to it when I do the next two sections.


part 1
part 2

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