A List of Rare Mythological Creatures

Kelpie - a water horse from Celtic mythology thought to haunt the rivers and lochs of Scotland and Ireland:

So, I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that dragons are getting a little overused.  You know?  Every fantasy book has to have a dragon.  When did that become a thing?  Just because The Hobbit has the best dragon ever doesn’t mean everyone else has to copy…  

I’m guilty too.  Dragons are just plain cool.  But, there are other cool creatures out there too.  So, a small list of lesser appreciated creatures.

The Thunderbird is a legendary creature in North American indigenous peoples' history and culture. It's considered a "supernatural" bird of power and strength. It is especially important, and richly depicted, in the art, songs and oral histories of many Pacific Northwest Coast cultures, but is also found in various forms among the peoples of the American Southwest and Great Plains.:

Thunderbirds: Legendary Native American creatures that signify power and strength.  It creates thunder with its wings, and may wield lightning too.

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Griffons:  They’re cool.  Lion/eagle hybrids.  Imagine riding one of those into battle.  

Basilisk:  They’re like dragons, but sometimes they have the head of a rooster.  Or, they might look like a fat lizard.  They look crazy, but no one is really sure what they look like because apparently they can kill you with a single glance.  Hence, no picture.

Kelpie - a water horse from Celtic mythology thought to haunt the rivers and lochs of Scotland and Ireland:

Kelpie:  No, not the adorable dog.  This horse looks beautiful, but lures people to their death.  Not in just one way either.  They’re Scottish, and also shapeshifters.  They can also summon floods.  Scary stuff.  They live underwater.  

Airavata:  Winged elephants.  Yes, you read that right.  Winged elephants.  Evil?  Who knows?  Maybe you have someone who secretly can ride them, and no one else can.  (Indian in origin.)

hippocamp | SciFi and Fantasy Art Hippocampus by Jennifer Miller (Nambroth):

Hippocampus:  Yes, you might have seen these in Percy Jackson.  And I’d like to see more of the half horse-half fish sea dwelling creatures.  

But first, Let me take a selkie... #HappyStPatricksDay to all Irish Ex Mermaids!:

Selkies:  Irish/Scottish folklore creatures.  They’re half seal, half human.  In the water they want to become human, and while human they want to return to the see.  The can shed their seal skin when they want to become human, and put it back on when they desire to become seal again.  They can also sing well in the water.

Pics from Pinterest.

Any other weird, fascinating, under-appreciated creatures out there?  I’d love to hear what you like to write about?


11 thoughts on “A List of Rare Mythological Creatures

  1. Check out the Tairen Soul Quintet by C.L. Wilson. Tairens are large winged cats who breath fire. The Tairen Soul is a Fey who shapeshifts into a Tairen- only Tairen Souls do this. Normal tairens stay cats and normal Fey stay Fey. I love these books.


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  3. Aster,
    I just wanted to bounce an idea I had off of you. I have a creature I created that is similar to a griffon, but isn’t quite one. I call them Jonquils. They come out of the flowers of that name, and can take many forms. One of mine is a white tiger with wings of a swan. Another is a black wolf with the wings of a huge raven. Yet another is a golden cat with wings. The thing that defines them is that they have to be an animal that doesn’t usually fly, and they have to live in the small flowers for which they get their name. Some cool facts about them are, the smaller the flower, the larger the Jonquil, and their purpose is to guard hidden worlds creates by children. Let me know what you think about the idea.


    • Wow, I think that idea is amazing! 😀 I like the black wolf with a raven’s wings. When do they come out of the flowers? Are you planning on writing a story with them, or did you create the Jonquils for fun?


      • They come when you sing their song. They sing it inside your head if you can benefit the world, and then they come out and escort you to the portal to the world, and then escort you back. Actually, I am writing a story with them in it. They don’t show up a bunch, but they are still important to the plot. I just started writing it, though, so only a few scenes are written out, but none of them include the Jonquils. I posted a scene on my blog, and will continue to do so. They might be out of order, but you’re welcome to check it out.
        My blog is reflectionsonglasssite.wordpress.com.

        God Bless and keep you!



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  5. I love this list. And I love Griffons. Anyone who knows my current novel project knows why. This list is very helpful to me as I have needed to research these for my novel. 🙂




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