Happy Saturday! Since this is a fantasy blog, it's high time we take a look at our favorite mythical creatures. These creatures have lived in the collective imaginations of storytellers and authors for centuries, and these days, are often brought to life by filmmakers. What is it about these creatures that intrigues us and compels us to find out more? I hope, after you've read my post, you'll have time to tell us whether you agree with me, or whether there are other creatures that would make your Top 3 list.
3. Elves: Graceful, lithe, and lightning fast, these gentle warriors always inspire me to appreciate trees, green forests and wildlife. How can you read Tolkein and not want to learn Elvish and visit Rivendell?
2. Centaurs: I first fell in love with centaurs in Robert Siegel's now out-of-print book, Alpha Centauri. The heroic Cavallos rescues Becky, and her horse Rebecca, and keeps them safe.His chivalry and sacrificial love made him one of my heroes in elementary school. Then there was Chiron, in Percy Jackson (played by Pierce Brosnan in the first movie--ask your parents, if you don't know who Pierce Brosnan). Skilled at archery, centaurs make fierce foes, but are also wise astronomers and capable of great joy.
1. The Phoenix, or Firebird: Known as the Phoenix in Greek myth and the Firebird in Russian folklore, this has to be my favorite mythical creature. The Phoenix burns completely in the fire, but rises triumphant, more beautiful than before, from the most bitter ashes. The embodiment of hope, the Phoenix, more than any other mythical creature, reminds us of the hope we have in Christ--that we will rise, no matter how desperate our circumstances seem.
This image is of an ornament I have hanging on my wall, of Prince Ivan and the Firebird. You can actually order one at the website listed!