I love magical creatures and I love learning about the creatures from different myths and legends. There are so many cultures with unbelievable myths about magical creatures that are so creative and, sometimes, completely insane. But there are a lot of mystical creatures that are way too overrated that are always finding their way into the fantasy novels that I read. But there are also some completely awesome creatures that manage to slip under the radar. Here are the creatures that get my stamp of approval…and disapproval.
Dryads: I don’t know why, but I’ve always loved dryads. My first encounter with a dryad was from The Last Battle and, in my eight year old mind, I thought they were the coolest creatures ever and I still think they’re awesome to this day. A dryad is a tree spirit that are usually depicted as being tall and shy, with long hair and flowing dresses. The name “dryad” comes from the Greek word for oak: “drys.” In Greek mythology, dryads were the spirits of oak trees but have since become the term associated with all tree nymphs. The spirits of walnut trees and ash trees are called Carytids and the Meliai respectively.
Well, there you have it, my favorite and least favorite magical creatures. But what about you? Which magical creatures get your stamp of approval or disapproval?