A gryphon is a winged-beastie with an eagle-like head and the body of a lion. Most statues depict a gryphon with bird-like talons, eagle’s head and wings, but with ears of a lion, and a lion’s hindquarters, but there have been a few statues of a gryphon that appear more like a lion, but have an eagle’s head, and no wings.
Here are a few spellings for the legendary creature: Gryphon, Griffon, and Griffin. Its name derives from the Greek 'gryphos', which means 'curved' due to its curved beak.
While gryphons were common in the art and lore of Ancient Greece, they were also found in Ancient Persian and Ancient Egyptian art, dating back to 3000 BC.
The Celts believed the gryphon stood for undying devotion.
The Greek and Romans used their images to guard their tombs.
Gryphons also symbolize strength, virtue, and honor.
There isn't a specific legend just about the gryphon where the creature is the main focus of the story. They are popular as a mythical creature with only a mention of their existence.
One such legend stated that gryphons not only mated for life, but if either partner died, then the other would continue the rest of its life alone, never to search for a new mate.
Gryphons were also known to guard other treasures such as the Tree of Life, knowledge, and the roads to salvation. Greeks and Romans used gryphon images to guard tombs.
In Greek Mythology a Gryphon was a celestial being that lived with Zeus. In another Greek mythology they are also connected with Apollo, the master of the sun and fire.
Gryphons sometimes were compared to Dragons in that they were thought to be very wise and wily creatures that guarded gold and treasures. Other legends state the gryphon as a trickster that would challenge people with riddles in a contest of wits. The winners would keep their lives and treasures, and the losers... well, I’m sure you can imagine.
Despite the Gryphons’ varied fanciful appearances and different ways to spell its name, they are considered unique creatures and are still a mystery to us with only glimpses of their existence mentioned in the legends of old.
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Some Treasures are Priceless…
A long time ago, a Gryphon shifter’s duty was to guard and protect the people of the tribes, but Darrien Andros failed to keep his human wife safe from harm. Cursed for the crime, he must guard everything in the Museum of Cursed Antiquities forever, never to truly live and never to die. Centuries have passed, but when he encounters a thief, who uncannily resembles his dead wife, he is convinced he has a second chance.
Calli Angelis is hired to steal Hecate's Stone from the Museum, believing she would be returning it to its rightful owner. She never really trusted the person who hired her and now Darrien makes her doubt her motives, too. He also has her questioning the possibility of reincarnation when the attraction between them ignites into something she can no longer ignore.
As the two work together to unravel the mysteries behind the stone, it becomes apparent an old and dangerous enemy from Darrien’s past is determined to have history repeat itself.
Karen Michelle Nutt resides in California with her husband, three fascinating children, and houseful of demanding pets. Jack, her Chorkie, is her writing buddy and sits long hours with her at the computer.
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