You’ve spent a lifetime listening to heroes find companions, slay monsters, and save the day. Here’s a visual guide to the creatures of myth and fantasy.
Once upon a time, usually in a place far, far away, there lives someone who will follow a familiar path. They’ll suffer a loss or see a wrong and set off to make things right, facing grave danger and difficult choices along the way. These are hero tales, and they often reflect the morals and values of the time and culture from which they come.
They’re still present themes in our popular culture, although we recognize that you don’t have to slay a dragon to be a hero.
But do you know what a basilisk is? Or a medusa? How about a santelmo or a baba yaga or a wondjina? This is a guide to the mythical creatures of many cultures who live on in tales of heroes and fantasy.