Thursday, February 3, 2011

Researching Fantasy Creatures

I love to do research. It's how I came up with the idea for Woman of Honor. I discovered there actually had been some female knights in the Middle Ages, including the Order of the Hatchet, and immediately invisioned a little girl asking her king if she could be a knight, mentioning those ladies.

But I do research beyond just history. I love to research mythological and fantastical creatures as well.

For Christmas, hubby bought me The Mythical Creatures Bible: The Definitive Guide to Legendary Beings. It's an awesome book, the creatures are divided by type, and there are so many detailed colored pictures, it's just a beautiful work of art.

Then I won a giftcard through a contest. I spent half of the money of books for pleasure (Personal Demons, XVI, and Paranormalcy) but I also bought two more references books. A Witch's Guide to Faery Folk: How to Work with the Elemental Worldand Giants, Monsters, and Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth.

The Faery Folk has a wonderful list of all the faery creatures: their land of origin, other origins, other names, element, appearance and temperament, time most active, lore, where to fund them, how to contact, and magickal and ritual help.

The Giants books is such a huge book, it contains so many creatures!

It's going to take me a long time to go through these books and I can't wait! I've already started with the Mythical Creatures Bible, writing notes of great creatures to use and have come up with numerous story ideas too. I'll use information from these sources for my inspiring Monday creatures posts.


Donna Hosie said...

When I was little, I borrowed a book from the library called "Gods, Men and Monsters". It changed my life by opening up my imagination.

Couldn't live without fantasy now!

The Golden Eagle said...

They sound like very useful books!

Aubrie said...

What's your favorite mythical creature??

For me, it has the be the unicorn, followed by a dragon!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Growing up, I was always drawn to the unicorn. That eventually evolved to the pegasus. I love unicorns so a winged one = awesome! I love to ride horses but to ride one that could fly? Incredible!

Beth Caudill said...

I love doing research. I've picked up several faery books recently.

My biggest problem is I've found one creature I wanted to use that none of the books I had covered. The Hellhound. Yes, I've found info on the internet but I was surprised not to see something in many of the books.

I loved the unicorn growing up but now I love dragons and werewolves.

Beth said...

I need to get an encyclopedia of mythological creatures. I've almost done it several times then talked myself out of it. You got some great reads. Enjoy ;)