Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Week 1 - Unicorns

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Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Week 1 - Unicorns

Welcome to the first issue of a new weekly news article!  I hope you enjoy it, and please, show the featured artists some love and recognition through pageviews, :+fav:'s and :+devwatch:'s!


This week's creature feature is:  The Unicorn.
The unicorn is a long-standing staple in fantasy and myth.  Though it may vary a bit in physical description depending on the particular story, the unicorn is always revered as a magical and pure beast.  From Wikipedia :

"A unicorn (from Latin unus 'one' and cornu 'horn' ) is a mythological creature. Though the modern popular image of the unicorn is sometimes that of a horse differing only in the horn on its forehead, the traditional unicorn also has a billy-goat beard, a lion's tail, and cloven hooves-these distinguish it from a horse. Marianna Mayer has observed (The Unicorn and the Lake), "The unicorn is the only fabulous beast that does not seem to have been conceived out of human fears. In even the earliest references he is fierce yet good, selfless yet solitary, but always mysteriously beautiful. He could be captured only by unfair means, and his single horn was said to neutralize poison."

Some "facts" about unicorns:

  • They were often displayed in Medieval art, such as tapestries, sculptures and heraldry
  • They can only be tamed (or in some cases, approached or even seen) by maidens
  • They have appeared in many ancient writings, such as the King James version of the Bible, the writings of Herodotus,  and Pliny the Elder's Historia Naturalis
  • There is a U.S. patent on the surgical procedure to form a unicorn from a two-horned animal (for real, patent #4429685, inventor Timothy G. Zell, look it up!)
  • They are featured on the royal coat of arms of both Scotland and the United Kingdom

Now, for the features!  Works are featured from various categories, in no particular order:

Innocence BW by LinzArcher :thumb103331027: Prance by CindarellaPop a fribbles felt unicorn by depthperception Unicorn by tarorae :thumb89008294:
The Unicorn in Captivity by LilleahWest When the world was young II by Hagge Unicorn by WingedphirE My Little Pony Uni Strength by colorscapesart Unicorn by Erethyl
The last unicorn pic5 by YutakaYumi Unicorn girl by AmandaKathryn Unicorn-Kamiya by origami-artist-galen :thumb102210050: Quintessence by Totalrandomness
Alpha Unicorn Detail by jshapeshifter :thumb47487690: Beloved by SelinaFenech Unicorn by leloi The Last Unicorn v.3 by Woosie Lunar Unicorn by lady-cybercat
Heraldic Unicorn II - 2 by SovaeArt Unicorn Commission by verauko Unicorn head pendant by Arioza999 Unicorn by OiWnEgN :thumb95946607:
Lil Unicorn Lad by Wolfwings Unicorn by Alis15 Unicorn by TribalAngelGrafix Little Creature by Sherrbut :thumb57364207: Safari Unicorn by Scaequestrian
Unicorn by MelissaRobin Winter Unicorn by SuliannH Fantasy Unicorn by Michka2 Painted Unicorn by AnnieMsson The last unicorn by maariusz Unicorn Fawn by Nylak
:thumb52897184: Unicorn Abbey by MPFitzpatrick unicorn by SirLemoncurd The unicorn and the fox by Azenor Unicorn Dreams by akelataka The last Unicorn by Feather-Collector
Ling the Unicorn by DolphyDolphiana Henna Unicorn by inkeyling Unicorn Girl by DaTroll Rocking Unicorn by SammanthaAus Unicorn by silenceee Aura gardening by aura-deva


Thank you so much for viewing, and come back next week for a different inhabitant of the Realms of Fantasy and Myth!

~Arah :heart:
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