Hello and welcome back. I’m having another bash at a top five Wednesday because I had so much fun compiling the last one I did. The group is here if you want to have a look at what it’s all about. Today’s topic is favourite monsters/mythical creatures. You’re probably going to see many creatures from Greek Mythology because, let me tell you, the obsession is real.
And by elves, I’m pretty much talking about Tolkien’s elves because they are probably the best interpretation of elves I have ever read. He has pretty much defined how elves have been written for the last half a century. Tolkien’s elves are wise and noble; highly intelligent and long lived. They are beautiful, ethereal and completely badass. You can read about elves in their prime in the Silmarillion as well as the end in The Lord of the Rings. They never stop being awesome, though.
When I was just a lass (about seven years old) I developed a rather large obsession with Greek mythology after we studied it at school. I then watched the 1980s film of Clash of the Titans and that just cemented my obsession. That film has a particularly creepy stop motion Medusa creature and it is completely and utterly freaky. So much better than the shit CGI one in the remake from a few years ago. Anyway, I love the Perseus story and I love Medusa’s backstory. The snakes are creepy af and the fact she can turn a man into stone with just a single look is complete nightmare fuel.
Another creature from Greek mythology. He is not, as the films suggest, part of a race of winged horses but the child of Medusa and Poseidon, who sprang forth from Medusa’s blood when Perseus parted her head from her body so he could utilise it on his adventures. Pegasus is an awesome creature, I mean, it’s a winged horse; how is that not completely awesome?
Yes, this one does stem from watching The Little Mermaid a few too many times as a child and gives us a heart-warming tale of a beautiful half girl, half fish who just wants to be part of the human world. So lovely. Then, on the other hand, you have sirens who will lure unsuspecting sailors to their deaths with their beautiful singing. Really, the two don’t have that much in common other than sitting on rocks, trying to pull sailors (sirens are more bird than fish) but, hey, it’s my list and I’ll lump them together if I want to.
And were back to Tolkien because of course we are. I love hobbits. I want to be a hobbit. Their lives are just so wonderfully simple (unless they go on adventures) and I would just love to have my own little hobbit hole where I could live in peace. Hobbits are lovely creatures, they have pure hearts and love life to the fullest. Damn it, I want to be like that as well.