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Merrow (from Gaelic murúch) or Murrough (Galloway) is the Scottish and Irish Gaelic equivalent of the mermaid and mermen of other cultures. These beings are said to appear as human from the waist up but have the body of a fish from the waist down. They have a gentle, modest, affectionate and benevolent disposition.

Merrow-maidens are reputed to lure young men to follow them beneath the waves where afterwards they live in an enchanted state. Merrows wear a special hat called a cohuleen druith which enables them to dive beneath the waves. If they lose this cap, it is said they have no power to return beneath the water. Sometimes they are said to leave their outer skins behind, to assume others more magical and beautiful. The merrow has soft white webs between her fingers, she is often seen with a comb parting her long green hair on either side. Merrow music is often heard coming from beneath the waves.

Most of the stories are about female beings; however, there are some about mer-men who capture the souls of drowned sailors and keep them in soul cages under the sea. Female Merrows were considered very beautiful, but the mermen were basically ugly, another reason why Merrow women sought out human men. In most cases, the female Merrow had a cap or cape, normally red, and if a human could capture and hide either so the Merrow never found it, then she would remain on land without a fuss. But if the Merrow should ever find her cap or cape, she would feel compelled to return forever to the ocean, leaving entire families behind.

A old work again, june or july of 2007. I was doing researching some myths about the sea, and i found a wonderful tale about the Merrows and their the soul cages:


after read this tale, this pic come to my mind, I LOVE Irish/Scottish culture and myths :)

photshopCS/Grapphire 3/6 hours/Music: Lost message by Ambeon (Arjen Lucassen is a Genius and the voice of Astrid van der Veen is just delicious :D)
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GaloCuevas's avatar
My favorite merrow since now
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DireRedemptionHobbyist Digital Artist
uh...i've been known that these versions of mermaids masturbate...A LOT.
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Wally-WafflesHobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful illustration; it looks absolutely incredible. ^_^
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DigitalleeHobbyist Photographer
This is stunning!
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Another first rate image, especially the contrasts between the colors and texture of the fish tail to the rest of her form.
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<font><font>Very nice job!</font></font>
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*clap* *clap* Congratulations on having the ONLY (atleast what I could find from the hours of scroling through searches) mythologically accurate drawing of a merrow on the web.
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maidofmerHobbyist Writer
i read something on that a long time ago. its very beautiful.
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PinkoPrintStudent General Artist
whoa I really like this. It's so so cool!
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Paperplanes95Professional Digital Artist
This is really beautiful, and I adore your drawing style. But her fish tail wouldn't have a joint. I thought it would curve, considering fish don't have joints...
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Very cool. Thanks for giving the history behind it!
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Reading all of this, I think Ariel was actually a merrow instead of a mermaid.

Merrows are "gentle, modest, affectionate and benevolent", while mermaids are evil and cruel. Since Ariel herself is gentle, modest, affectionate and benevolent, then it stands to reason that she is a merrow.

Good thing Ariel doesn't wear a cape, though, I wouldn't want her to leave Eric and Melody behind...
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and... she's a red haired, there's a lot of red haired people in scotland
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Yumenokokoro123Student Traditional Artist
wish i can draw like you!! :D
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whirlwind-watchHobbyist General Artist
Your work is just so beautiful.
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wow thats a cool story
Ganbatte36's avatar
I really love mermaids. Especially this one.
Attention wordplay: "I would marry a merrow". Ok that was bad. :-D
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macker33Student Traditional Artist
this may be of interest to you. [link] its an irish song about a sailor who was taken away by mermaids
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That's pretty much all I can say. I love the hat, cape thingy. feels so "Red mage".
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Beebee1916Student General Artist
she's beautiful
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