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Griffins by humon Griffins by humon
More folklore fun with Humon!

This time it's griffins. First off, what is a griffin? It's a creature with parts from a lion and an eagle, and occasionally another animal mixed in. That is why a hippogrif is not another type of griffin because it's a mix of a horse and an eagle, occasionally with cat ears. Another thing that sets it apart from griffins is that they are only from literature, unlike the griffin which has it roots in folklore and religion, and people actually thought they were real animals. The hippogrif was never believed to be real.

Whit that out of the way, let's kick off with the Bird Griffin. This is the oldest kind we know of, and there are pictures of it that are more than 5000 years old. This is also the only type that became popular in Europe, while the rest stayed in their respective areas. They were considered vicious hunters and it was believed that they were the enemies of horses.

The Lion Griffins were used as protectors, and most pictures of them depicts them guarding gods or sacred areas. The lion griffin with an eagle head may sometimes have a lion's hind legs as well, but can always be told from a bird griffin by it's eagle tail.
(There is a third kind that is a lion with wings, but they were never popular)

The Snake Griffin is often confused with a dragon because of it's snake parts and scaley body, but was intended to be a griffin. This type was also a guardian creature.
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Jackharney1 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student Writer
where's the hippogriff?
IllegalSympathy Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
She said in the artist comment that it does not count since it is a Horse/Bird hybrid instead of a Lion/Bird hybrid (like the ones above)
AtrixGear Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
theres a snack one ?
MetalReaper Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Humon, i have a question for you, what would you also consider the Questing Beast to be? im sure you are familiar with it, but if you arent its a beast from the Arthurian Legends and is a composite monster, its has the head and neck of a Snake (and sometimes the tail), the body of a Leopard (and sometimes tail), and the back legs of a Deer. 

Dragon-the-Tribrid Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I never knew of the Lion and Snake types! I'm familiar with the bird type and Opinicus though.
XRed-EyeX Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Chris: I really realy love how you use Folklore and legends tomade up your Pictures. Even more I love that your explaining everything about it. I always love visiting your Gallery and look if something new has been posted :)
Rajalyoko23 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Student General Artist
What about Owl Griffins?
Kairu-Hakubi Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmm i've always seen the lion-griffin with a lion tail, and i also very commonly see the bird griffin with four lion paws..
it seems there's tons of variationS ^^'
Un1c0rny Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Weren't hippogriffs mentioned in the legends of the Twelve Peers/Paladins of Charlemagne? I seem to recall something about a hippogriff being ridden by an evil wizard and then being flown to the moon by one of the paladins.

Also, one could argue that the winged lion, as a symbol of St. Mark (and therefore the bible AND the Duchy of Venice, Italy) was alarmingly popular.
dabblerer Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
actually a hippogriff is a griffon and a horse, supposed to be a representation of impossibility because griffons hate horses and will eat them whenever they encounter them.
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