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Winter Sprite (hibernis spiritus) by Ettinborough Winter Sprite (hibernis spiritus) :iconettinborough:Ettinborough 2 0 Moth Dragon (accendo draco) by Ettinborough Moth Dragon (accendo draco) :iconettinborough:Ettinborough 4 0 Fairy Bee (alatumfae apis) by Ettinborough Fairy Bee (alatumfae apis) :iconettinborough:Ettinborough 0 0 Lady of Fall (sui generis autumnus) by Ettinborough Lady of Fall (sui generis autumnus) :iconettinborough:Ettinborough 2 1 Pink Forest Wyvern (wyvrenii fungivorus) by Ettinborough Pink Forest Wyvern (wyvrenii fungivorus) :iconettinborough:Ettinborough 2 0


Theriankind by BJPentecost Theriankind :iconbjpentecost:BJPentecost 374 37 a dollar says hell lick that devil and do it alone by kenket a dollar says hell lick that devil and do it alone :iconkenket:kenket 1,362 29 So You Think You Can Take Me? by BJPentecost So You Think You Can Take Me? :iconbjpentecost:BJPentecost 298 42 Rlyeh Incantations by MrZarono Rlyeh Incantations :iconmrzarono:MrZarono 171 10 Werewolf Princess by MrZarono Werewolf Princess :iconmrzarono:MrZarono 116 4 Hyperborean Lore III by MrZarono Hyperborean Lore III :iconmrzarono:MrZarono 69 2 CRAZY SQUAD by AITUARMANAS CRAZY SQUAD :iconaituarmanas:AITUARMANAS 238 25 Familiar by TamberElla Familiar :icontamberella:TamberElla 2,863 61 Litten by kenket Litten :iconkenket:kenket 1,391 17 A Prayer to the GM: RPG Comic by travisJhanson A Prayer to the GM: RPG Comic :icontravisjhanson:travisJhanson 324 38 Weapon upgrades by travisJhanson Weapon upgrades :icontravisjhanson:travisJhanson 213 31 Bonecoastsm by RVArtist Bonecoastsm :iconrvartist:RVArtist 2 0 Bohemia sm by RVArtist Bohemia sm :iconrvartist:RVArtist 3 0 Trail Ride Peace by RVArtist Trail Ride Peace :iconrvartist:RVArtist 1 0 Horse Trail by RVArtist Horse Trail :iconrvartist:RVArtist 1 0 Hornet in Pink by RVArtist Hornet in Pink :iconrvartist:RVArtist 1 0




What the heck is an enchiridion? I asked myself that exact same question the first time I saw the word in use (which was rather recently). It sounds like it should be some sort of a large extinct mammal with big tusks. As it turns out, an enchiridion is a handbook or small manual. Large extinct mammal? Small handbook? Eh, same thing.

A Handbook By Any Other Name...

There are all kinds of different names for handbooks and field guides that can sound either mundane or exotic. Vade mecum. Compendium. Primer. I guess how exotic it sounds depends entirely on who is using the word. From where I'm sitting enchiridion sounds pretty darn exotic. This, of course, makes it perfectly suited for Ettinborough's allegorical guide to fantastic creatures because if Ettinborough can be anything it is dreadfully wordy!

Wikipedia's Explanation

 is a Late Latin term (derived from the Greek word ἐγχειρίδιον (enkheiridion)) referring to a small manual or handbook.


[en-kahy-rid-ee-uh n, -ki-]
noun, plural enchiridions, enchiridia  [en-kahy-rid-ee-uh, -ki-]
1535-45 < Late Latin < Greek

Conclusion? If I'm doing the writing plan on seeing "enchiridion" spelled about 42 different ways. I have way too many "wut r werds" moments. Also, never make me say the word "enchiridion" in person. It'll be embarrassing and hilarious for me and you, respectively. Ent-cherry-o-don? En-chee-rid-eon? This is going to take some practice.


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Ettinborough's Enchiridion of Fantastic Creatures is a collaboration between fantasy artist Rebecca VanAcker and photographer Todd Allen. The creation of Ettinborough's Enchiridion was inspired (in part) by the Cottingley Fairy photographs taken in 1917 and 1920. We'll be combining Rebecca's artistic talent and characters with Todd's ... uh ... ability to walk around in the woods with a small box in which live a clan of atomie that instinctively and instantly draw whatever they see when the window is opened on their little world.


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MMA62 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the fav! Your art is super cool!
Ettinborough Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
MMA62 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
LJEKC Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015
Hello, welcome in Fantasy-NPC  :) (Smile)


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