The Official Collection of Fantastical Creature Information--Updated Randomly

For all your fantastical creature needs! This is the beginning of my encyclopedia, and I'm collecting as much information as I can on various fantasy creatures. Most of my stuff can be found on wikipedia. However, no source is perfect, so the stuff that is my input is often italicized. Help me by sending me more information at Questkid13@gmail.com

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Friday, May 9, 2008

Faun

Fauns are place-spirits of untamed woodland. Romans connected their fauns with the Greek satyrs, wild and orgiastic drunken followers of Bacchus. However, fauns and satyrs are quite different creatures. Both have horns and both resemble goats below the waist, humans above; but Fauns have more humanlike faces while Satyrs are more goatlike but still with a humanesque quality about them.

Physical Description
They are essentially human in shape, standing nearly six feet high, with humanlike faces, usually curly hair (including beards on the males), and short, goat-like tails. They also have smaller goat horns, rather than the large curling ram's horns of the Satyrs. They typically have light brown complexions, but there are many fauns who have more extreme redish in color or even a dark black on the other end of the scale. They do not favor clothing, but will wear it in their dealings with humans, and it usually consists of hats or scarves, or in the extreme case leather armor.

Relations
Fauns are closely related to satyrs, but they should never be confused with their more wild and goatlike relations. Unlike satyrs, the fauns are more amenable to interaction with human society; they are not as xenophobic as their cousins. Indeed, they are somewhat intrigued by the nuances of human culture, and occasionally strive to imitate this culture even when they do not have extensive contact with it. Fauns are not especially clever or war-like but more generally good-natured and friendly. They are well versed in wood lore and claim many friends amongst the Dryads, with whom they have dances and mysterious ceremonies at various times of the year.

Fauns in fiction
In C.S. Lewis' classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a faun named Mr. Tumnus is the first creature Lucy meets in Narnia. He tries to kidnap her because she is a daughter of Eve, putting Lucy under an enchantment with his flute, but is suddenly convicted of his great evil, and has a change of heart.

A special thanks to Wikipedia, to C.S. Lewis, and to the makers of the Chronicles of Narnia for this image.

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