--- wulfy95113 <wulfstand@...
> What I sincerely & devoutly hope that all the fairy
> wing stuff is only being done by those doing
"Midsummers Nights dream", there is a masked ball, or
that they are 12 or under. <g> Inexcusable
Then my dear, sweet Lord Wulfy, I must be one of those
"inexcusables". As I collect dragons, unicorns,
pegasus, and sometimes fairies. And yes, even dragons
were "noted" in medieval times. Even in England and
in the Churches.
Here is a piece that I wrote for a tapestry that I am
Mythical Creatures in Period
By Sorcha Fhionn inghean ui/Ruairc
Fairies, nymphs, and dragons�� oh my!
Before there was the written word, stories were told
verbally throughout the ages. It is speculated that
even the caveman told stories by grunts and hand
gestures. Even their paintings on the cave walls tell
stories of hunting, animals, and of family members.
But, I am not going back that far in time, so I will
not pursue this any further.
Some countries never had written word until late 16th,
early 17th century. Their stories were told by
word-of-mouth, from father to son, mother to daughter.
Even from traveler to traveler and eventually to
scholars and scribes.
They told of fairies, nymphs, witches, and fierce,
fire-breathing dragons. Even the strong and hearty
sea-faring men of ocean bound ships told stories of
giant, fearful sea monsters upon their return to land.
All these creatures, being fact or fancy, imagination,
or from stories changed throughout the ages, are still
part of everyone's history. Even the stories we were
raised on during our childhood were derived from
stories and fables from centuries ago. Most, if not
all of them, originating from before the Middle Ages.
Tapestries are stories within themselves. Yes, most
were made for cathedrals. And others told of wars and
conquests. Some depicted Kings, Queens, and of royal
events. While others told stories of the Greek Gods
of Olympus. Fairies and wood nymphs appeared in
tapestries. Even fair maidens sitting with unicorns.
Towards the end of the 14th century, wild-looking,
hirsute men engaged in hunting and struggles with
fantastic beasts started appearing in tapestries. In
the 15th century, especially in Basle, they dominated
Who remembers "The Story of Hercules", "The Virgin and
the Unicorn", and "St. George Slaying the Dragon"?
These are all famous tapestries depicting mythical
creatures, and are now in museums in Europe. Even a
tapestry in a church depicting "The Execution of St.
Margaret and her Dragon" is still in one piece and on
Even now, we hear and see mythical creatures all
around us, from the dragons and griffins on our
shields, to the mention of dragons and nymphs in the
stories and poems that we hear around our campfires.
Mythical creatures, sea-faring monsters, and grotesque
beasts are a part of our past history. They still
live in paintings, stories, and in tapestries.
Long life to these fantastic, fabled beasts of yore.
"the inexcusable" Sorcha :)
Lady Sorcha Fhionn inghean uiRuairc, AOA ...... Kingdom of the West;
Holda, Company of the Silver Spindle, West Kingdom Chapter;
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