Mythological Creatures: Griffin

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The griffin, griffon, or gryphon is considered of the scariest and deadliest of beasts in Greek mythology. it is said that this creature is composed of the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. In some cases, they are depicted with having a snake tail. This combination is certainly a scary feat for any hero on any quest. Even though the griffin is seen as one of most dangerous creatures in myths, it is also seen as one of the most majestic of beasts. They are associated with being masters of the sky and of the earth. Furthermore, they were associated with wisdom and strength. These majestic creatures were also seen as the king of all beasts...

In most tales of heroes, the griffin is known to be guarding a treasure or any objects that are precious enough that they must be guarded. Griffins are also known as one of the rivals of a range of peoples, particularly the people of the Arimasp area, the Arimaspians. These peoples would attempt to steal from the griffins and would even stoop so low as to try and steal from their nests. Griffins could be compared to Arthurian dragons and were seen as creatures of wisdom. In some cases, they are even seen as tricksters - which is in part due to their main role in mythologies to guard treasures from outsiders. They were also viewed as sacred and rarely were they seen as just simple beasts. In other cases, griffins were said to pull the chariots of the gods of Olympus, specifically the chariots of the king of gods Zeus and the god of the sun, Apollo. The griffin could be considered a symbol or mascot for the goddess Nemesis, the goddess of vengence. Although they are most often associated with Greek mythology, they are also known to be in tales of other parts of the world, such as Egypt and Persia.