Mythical creature is a term used to describe a creature that appears in legends and folklore. Although there is no known scientific proof that supports the existence of mythical creatures, many people remain fascinated by the very idea of such fantastical creatures. In fact, there is a pseudoscience called “cryptozoology” that focuses on conducting searches for and studies of creatures whose existence is not confirmed!
Mythical creatures are, like their namesake, simply myths but they do much to get creative imaginations flowing. Furthermore, the creatures found in cryptozoology—like “mothman”—are said to have been based on actual sighting reports…and that has made these creatures into the stuff of urban legends.
The existence of mythical beings in the actual world is far less pressing than their all-too-real existence in stories, television, film song and Internet media. In fact, entire genres and franchises have been built around the adventures of mythical creatures and this has made them driving forces behind some of the biggest entertainment brands and iconic songs and shows (examples include “Harry Potter,” “Puff the Magic Dragon,” and “X-Files”).
Below is a list that chronicles some of the most well-known mythical creatures that continue to make frequent appearances in modern pop-culture.
Dwarves are short and stout creatures that have beards. They live in and under mountains and are said to have come from Germany. They mine for gems, like diamonds, and craft beautiful objects out of silver. Dwarves are known to be very intelligent and they possess a lot of knowledge but they can be unfriendly to strangers.
Gremlins are mischievous little creatures that are very greedy. They love money and riches and tend to come out at night. They roam caves and Enchanted Forests. Goblins can be kind of scary looking. They have lumpy skin and big ears and noses! They also have a strange habit of dismantling machinery. Gremlins are related to Imps and Goblins and likely originated in Europe or North America.
Trolls are stout creatures with bumpy skin and long hair that grows over most of their bodies. Trolls traditionally live in dark and damp places like caves and under rocks but they are particularly fond of dwelling under bridges. Trolls live together in family units but they are not very friendly to people. Trolls originated in Scandinavian countries such as Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden.
Ogres are large and very ugly creatures that have green skin and bulging eyes. They tend to be tall and plump and they will eat almost anything. Ogres are usually unfriendly to people but some ogres can be nice and friendly, like Shrek! Ogres live in mountain ranges and forests. The word “ogre” is French is origin and most legends about ogres started in Europe.
Giants are creatures that look like humans expect that they are much taller than regular people—some giants are as tall as city skyscrapers! They are usually quite hairy and have thick beards. They can be aggressive and territorial but they are also intelligent. Giants usually live in mountainous regions or caves but they occasionally have homes in the clouds—like the Giant from the fairy tale called “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Giants have origins in many different places across the globe including Europe, the Middle East and the Mediterranean.