A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 29: Fantasy Squad – Yeti

The Yeti, or Abominable Snowman, is an interesting creature because, though most agree the Yeti is part of myth, cryptozoologists have been trying to prove the existence for years. I remember an advertisement years ago for Stones Bitter. The barman was based on this legendary creature, which led to lines such as "Are you open, … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 29: Fantasy Squad – Yeti

A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 24: Fantasy Squad – Undine

You might be surprised by my choice today, then again, you might not! I considered unicorn, and though I love these mythical creatures, I decided to explore something new. Undines, (also spelled Ondine) are water nymphs, and some people believe they have been around since the beginning of time. Nature spirits are common to all … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 24: Fantasy Squad – Undine

A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 22: Fantasy Squad – Sirens

I've talked about my father's love of Greek mythology before, (Melissa was the name of a nymph who nursed an infant Zeus), and my interest in sirens probably stems from his own fascination (I'm lucky he wasn't a sailor!). Sirens are often confused with harpies because they are both hybrids; combining women and birds. I'm … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 22: Fantasy Squad – Sirens

A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 21: Fantasy Squad – Reaper

I'm not sure if that's cheating, but I'll probably get off on a technicality! This post is about the Grim Reaper, also known as Death or the Angel of Death. "You might be a king or a little street sweeper, but sooner or later you dance with the reaper" (Quote taken from Bill and Ted's … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 21: Fantasy Squad – Reaper

A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 18: Fantasy Squad – Pegasus

No squad is complete without Pegasus, at least in my opinion. I have always loved the flying horse; a particular favourite within Greek mythology. You probably don't need to know that I collected as many pictures, trinkets, and stories as I could growing up. I dreamt Pegasus came to whisk me away to places unknown … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 18: Fantasy Squad – Pegasus

A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 15: Fantasy Squad – Minotaur

I was tempted to pick mermaid today, I almost did, but it's about time for another beast to form part of the squad, so I give you - the Minotaur. I also can't go more than a few days without delving into Greek mythology. So here's a low down. Poseidon gifted King Minos and his … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 15: Fantasy Squad – Minotaur

A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 14: Fantasy Squad – Leprechauns

Leprechauns are synonymous with Irish culture. Granted many depictions are stereotypical and somewhat derogatory towards the Irish, but that's not to say the people of Ireland don't embrace the folklore. Let's look at that folklore. Leprechauns are legendary creatures associated with pixies, sprites and fairies. They are mainly described as little old men, wearing a … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 14: Fantasy Squad – Leprechauns

A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 9: Fantasy Squad – Harpies

Harpies are one of my favourite mythical creatures, next to Sirens. Granted, the two are often mixed up, but there is something fascinating about hybrids, especially those with wings! As this feature is about the portrayal of mythical creatures in media, at least in part, I did a little research. Most of my knowledge comes … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 9: Fantasy Squad – Harpies

A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 8: Fantasy Squad – Giants

What springs to mind when you see the word giant? Do you imagine the ground shaking, buildings falling, boulders flying - all to the back drop of 'Fe-fi-fo-fum?' Do you perhaps envisage the collector and dispenser of dreams, that loveable character created by Roald Dahl - the Big Friendly Giant? Or maybe, it's a jolly 'ho … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 8: Fantasy Squad – Giants