Mythical Creatures: A History of Dragons

One of the most prevailing and popular creatures of folklore and legend is the dragon. From Mesoamerica, Medieval Europe, Asian folklore, to more modern depictions in books such as Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and A Song of Ice and Fire, dragons crop up time and again. Unlike other legends, the essence of... Continue Reading →

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Mythical Creatures: Medieval Elves

It is a fairly common belief that the legend of elves was created by JRR Tolkien amongst other now popular mythical creatures that he created. However, Tolkien simply popularised the creatures, and legends of elves have existed for centuries as a distinct legend from fairies (although the two legends often get conflated). The English word... Continue Reading →

Mythical Creatures: Medieval Mermaids

Mermaids are creatures that appear time and again throughout history and across cultures. Typically a mermaid is portrayed as having the top half of a woman, and the bottom half of a fish, though this sometimes varies slightly. The first known stories of mermaids come from Assyria around 1000BC; the goddess Atargatis, who was the... Continue Reading →

Medieval Vampires

As Halloween has just passed, I thought it only fitting that I would do a themed blog post. At some point during my undergrad, I remember reading an article that spoke about graves found buried with things in their mouths that were believed to be graves of suspected vampires. So I thought I would dig... Continue Reading →

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