Britain, like most European countries, is full of mythological creatures and
legends. Many of you have already heard of the legend of Robin Hood, the
Loch Ness Monster and Jack the Ripper. However, if you are a fan of the
film "The Lord of the Ring", you will probably remember all these ugly,
little creatures, like the goblins, boggarts, blue and red caps, who are
"naughty" and responsible for making things disappear or destroying things
in a house.
… part fish and part human creatures have been
known for thousands of years and are mentioned in
many cultures, like the ancient Greek. The first
mention of these creatures was God Oannes, the
lord of the waters who was worshipped by the
ancient Babylons. While there are several other sea
creature gods, the mermaid in Britain probably
comes from Celtic legend. Seeing a mermaid is
believed to be a very bad omen, with storms, rough
seas, possible shipwreck and/or death to follow…
with supposed sightings as recently as the 19th
century particularly around the coastal areas of
Cornwall and the Northern Isles of Scotland.
The knights of the Round Table
Everyone has heard of the
Knights of the Round Table, but
many people are not familiar
with any of the Noble Knights
save for Lancelot. But even
Lancelot, however, is to many
people something he was not.
The Knights were men of
courage, honor, dignity,
courtesy, and nobleness. They
protected ladies and damsels,
honored and fought for kings,
and undertook dangerous
Banshee is a female spirit in I, usually Irish
mythology seen as an omen of death and a
messenger from the underworld.
In legend, a banshee is a fairy woman who
begins to wail if someone is about to die. In
Scottish mythology, she is known as the bean
sìth or bbean sigh and is seen washing the
bloodstained clothes or armour of those who
are about to die. Alleged sightings of banshees
have been reported as recently as 1948.
Similar beings are also found in Welsh, Norse
and American folklore.