Legendary Beasts could include Dragons, Wyverns and Worms … or Big Cats and Black Dogs …
|Illustration of a Winged Dragon by|
Friedrich Justin Bertuch (1806)
- mainly Celtic
… most cultures have some sort of dragon and tales about its slaying … or tall tales … but though each story often shares broad features … the aspects will be adapted to fit the local people and their landscapes.
Folklore influenced many of the myths recorded in medieval texts or papers today … some of which were probably recorded as genuine history by earlier antiquaries …
|Aberdeen Bestiary: Folio 5 -|
Adam names the animals
Bestiaries are the most important of the early, more literary texts … various versions occurring after the loss of the original text.
These works describe the natural world and include both real animals and creatures that we would now consider to be mythical …
Bestiaries were beautifully illustrated and are enormously popular and influential … recording our accepted views of animals we do not see … dragons, wyverns, unicorns …
|St Bees Priory - Cumbria (1120)|
showing St Michael fighting a dragon
… yet they are recorded as carved images or sculptures throughout our history … so we feel they are real … or are sightings of 'beasts exactly unknown' ...
That is L for Legendary Beasts from Literature or Literally thought of as real … from Aspects of British County Rare Breeds …
Counties with the letter L …
(note some Counties have been retired!, or amended over historical local government … but some I’ve included)
England: Lancashire; Leicestershire; Lincolnshire; London
Northern Ireland: Londonderry
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