Even once in our lives, we believed that mystic beings were real. It was the dwarfs to blame for our toothache and fairies took our tooth in exchange for a coin. Kids’ fantasies – I know, we all been there. Some grown-ups still believe in them, others think it was a prank. It’s not that I don’t believe in them, it’s just that I haven’t seen one. But just like you, I once believed that there are creatures that came out of the woods, far away from us. That’s why I made this list of mystic creatures to re-live the memories we share to our younger self.
Of course, number 1 in our list could be the most popular mystic being among them all. Fairies appeared in many forms of pop media. Perhaps the most famous fairy we all new is Tinker bell, the little yellow light that glows on Peter Pans shoulders in his movies and cartoons. They often appear wearing green tube dress or white silhouette gowns with their tiny butterfly or elongated pair of wings. Others even possess multi wings like Tinker Bell who has 2 sets of wings.
Don’t get confused. Elves and dwarfs are different. Dwarfs often depicted as malevolent mystic creatures, while Elves are magical, delicate, diminutive shape-shifters and often described as kind mythical beings. Some say, the belief in existence of elves originated on William Shakespeare’s play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, one of the classics dated around 1590’s.
Watching too much of ‘Lord of the Rings’? As we seen in the movies like these, dwarfes are smaller than normal people. They have long beard and grumpy skin and face gives them unpleasant appearance. They look strong despite of their height and judging their age based on what they look will give you an inaccurate guess.
If there’s a pet for mythical creatures, this could be it. Tanuki is a Japanese raccoon dog. Yes, they exist and they even share the habitat of regularly climbing trees with the North American Grey Fox. We all know that a raccoon is a rascal of the neighborhood except when they reach the land of the rising sun. Some people in Japan believed that it should be the tanukis to be blamed whenever they feel lost in the forest. You can even find statues of a tanuki in many forests of Japan.
A Golem doesn’t always mean giant living pile of rock. Golems could be made out of mud, sand, clay, and even woods. As long as it is a product of nature which is originally lifeless, and even without a definite shape, yet conscious, it is already considered a Golem. Golem originates from Jewish folklores, an animated anthropomorphic being, magically created entirely from inanimate matter. They often appear on story books, movies, cartoons and animé TV shows, and even games has these giant hard creatures.
Troll isn’t actually the face of the internet, not even an expression, neither a mischievous activity. Troll is a mythical creature in Norse mythology and Scandinavian folklore. Sometimes, people depicted them as a giant, ugly, and slow-witted cave-people (since they roam in numbers). They’re rarely helpful but often look and behave exactly like humans. Different from what you expected, right?
If I would be the judge, the Oscar award for the creepiest creature of them all is non-other than The Goblin. No matter where you put these guys: movie, cartoon, trading card, games, etc. All of them look terrifying as hell. It’s like Yoda’s the most handsome Goblin I’ve ever seen, aside the fact that he’s not a goblin –proves the fact that there’s no such thing as cute goblin. Goblins are little creatures related to the brownie and gnome
I’m starting to wonder what our ancient ancestors been drinking for imagining creatures like these. If you’re drunk last night and explaining that the tree seduced you, congratulations! You have just dated a dryad. They often look like a tree with a lady on it. I know it’s hard to imagine but that’s what Dryads are. Dryads originated in Greek mythology meaning “tree nymph”. And the Greek word drys signifies “oak” thus, dryads are specifically the nymph of oak trees.
Their appearance and characteristics depends on their surroundings. If the environment is mangrove, ocean, marsh, or lake, they’re most likely had scales, flippers, and even a tail fin. But if the habitat is forest, they could have horns similar to a reindeer or growing leaves on their skin. Their unique trait would be their appearance of young, beautiful maidens who love to dance and sing. Nymphs are more like spirits than a creature. Now you know the reason behind the word “Nymphomaniac”.
Thanks to the game ‘Defense of the Ancients (DotA)”, orcs became popular and playable. An orc is a fictional humanoid creature that is part of a fantasy race of goblins. Orcs as depicted on J. R. R. Tolkein, the writer of ‘Lord of The Rings’, orcs are a brutish, aggressive, repulsive, and generally malevolent creatures. It’s also been adapted on strategy games, like the one I mentioned earlier. If these creatures were true and you happen to lost your way inside a forest, then you better pray that a fairy spots you than these guys.
Ogre’s are said to be more terrifying than Orcs. Why? Because orcs are more into warring stuff and most likely leaving you dead while Ogre’s will eat you alive. The most popular Ogre we know is none other than the most handsome of them all, Shrek –in his movie named after him. As we seen on some movies and books, an Ogre looks like an orc but larger, hideous, and man-like and eats human beings.
All of these are just mythical creatures and a bunch of good story for the nursery rhymes until one of your children is suddenly acting strange like you have the feeling that he or she’s not your child anymore. Your child must’ve played in the woods and been swapped with a changeling is a mythical being capable of shape shifting children who’s kidnapped by fairies. Not all fairies are good. There’s a movie titled ‘Christmas horror story’ wherein a child has been secretly substituted with a changeling by parents. Scary, right?
Did I miss something? Do you have something in your mind that you want to share? Tell me in the comments and I’d be happy to share my thoughts.