A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 9: Fantasy Squad – Harpies

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Harpies are one of my favourite mythical creatures, next to Sirens. Granted, the two are often mixed up, but there is something fascinating about hybrids, especially those with wings!

As this feature is about the portrayal of mythical creatures in media, at least in part, I did a little research. Most of my knowledge comes from Greek mythology, and though I’m familiar with some of the following interpretations, I was surprised at how many references there are. These are just a few:

Harpies by Sophia-M Digital Art / Drawings & Paintings / Fantasy©2012-2015 Sophia-M
Harpies by Sophia-M
Digital Art / Drawings & Paintings / Fantasy©2012-2015 Sophia-M

There is clearly a pattern, one I would like to see balanced out a little. What are your thoughts? Do you think harpies deserve their bad reputation, or should there be a touch of bitter and sweet when portraying these creatures? Let me know your thoughts.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

Mel

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29 responses to “A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 9: Fantasy Squad – Harpies”

  1. I hate to say they deserve their bad rep, but they have been bad guys since the beginning. I think it doesn’t help that their name has a sinister sound to it. Very close to the word ‘harsh’, so the imagery about them isn’t very pleasant. I don’t know. Really hard to think beyond them attacking people and screeching.

    • That’s just given me an idea – I have a god in the Fractured who courts the line between good and evil – I think I’ll introduce him to a few harpies and let them torture him for a while!

  2. That artwork is awesome! I agree that it would be cool to see a different side to harpies a little more often – a struggle between good and evil is usually more interesting than pure and simple evil.

    • I completely agree – on both counts! I have sirens in the Fractured, but maybe I can play around with them in the serialised stuff (The Collective). I’ve never had so many notes!

    • They are both hybrid – part woman, part bird (at least in most myths) but sirens have connections to the sea. They were often portrayed as femme fetals and lured sailors to their death with their beautiful voices. They have been depicted as mermaids too.

  3. This is not a topic a know much about, so a fun read. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Best of luck as you continue writing through the alphabet!

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