Mythological Creatures: Unicorn

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Unicorns are amazingly beautiful, elegant and wild, woodland creatures. They resemble that of a white horse, yet have a large, spiralling horn on their forehead, and in many folk-tales, a goat's beard. The ancient Greeks were the first to speak of a unicorn. However, they noted the existence of this mythical creature in history rather than mythology, as by this time most Europeans believed that the unicorn was a factual creature. The alicorn (unicorns horn) is said to have healing properties and can also neutralise poisons...

Medieval lore says that unicorns were hunted for their alicorns, and many people bought them from traders for great sums of money, only to find out that they were narwhal horns. Despite unicorns symbolising purity, chastity and virginity, they are strong, fierce and impossible for man to tame, yet in mythology, they can be tamed by a virgin girl, as it is said that unicorns will fall asleep in their laps. A common misconception of unicorns is that they have wings; this is generally because people confuse them with Pegasus, another mythical horse. Unicorns have featured in religion for thousands of years, in the Hebrew bible they were known as re'em, and in King James' version of the Christian bible, God is said to be as strong as a unicorn. They also feature heavily in heraldry, shown on the United Kingdom's Royal Coat of Arms and also on Scotland's Royal Coat of Arms. Today, unicorns are the backbone of fantasy literature and film, however, their factual existence has never been disproved. In fact, many creatures such as the now extinct elasmotherium rhinoceros, the single-horned goat, the narwhal, the oryx and the eland suggest that a creature such as the unicorn may have actually existed thousands of years ago...