Express Yourself Meme: Favourite Monsters!
It's going to be hard to condense the list to just 5, as there are so many interesting mythological monsters!
So, here are my 5 favourite mythological monsters:
1. The Basilisk - obviously mostly known from Harry Potter, the Basilisk is known as the King of serpents, able to kill with only a single glance. One of my favourite monsters, because not only can it kill you just by looking at you, it's also super poisonous, so you have no chance, really!
2. Gorgon - a gorgon is a female creature whose gaze had the power to turn men to stone. The most famous gorgon is Medusa, who had snakes for hair, and was the only one who was mortal, and could therefore be killed.
3. Cerberus - Cerberus is known as the three-headed dog who guards the Underworld, preventing souls from escaping. He was allowed to eat any mortals who attempted to enter the Underworld.
4. Harpy - Harpies were fierce winged monsters, halfway between women and birds. They are often depicted as hideous female faces mounted on the body of a vulture. Harpies served Zeus, and are known for 'snatching' things; food, small children, the weak and wounded...
5. Scylla and Charybdis (I know that's two, but they go together so it's not really cheating!) - I only learnt about these recently, because of a song by Trivium - Torn between Scylla and Charybdis. They are both sea monsters who lie on either side of a narrow strait, so that ships who pass through must either encounter Scylla on the one side, or Charybdis on the other. If you try to avoid one, you will encounter the other. Both monsters will cause a lot of harm to the ship, which is where the expression 'torn between Scylla and Charybdis' came from - choosing between two things that will cause harm.