Monday, May 16, 2011

Monday Mythical Creatures

(Irish, Scotish & Icelandic folklore)

1. Imagined as seals that can transform into human, usually beautiful women.
2. Thought to transform from thier seal form by shedding thier skin and then transform back by putting it back on.
3. A Selkie can not return to the sea without her skin.
4. Legend says that if a lonely fishermans wife drops seven tears into the sea a male Selkie will come ashore to make love to her.
5. The song of the Selkies is called Dan nan Ron (Song of the Seals)
6. Said to have a faint glimmer around them, making them more enchanting.
7. Selkies of the unseelie court are those that sink ships and create storms. Those of the seelie court (roanes) are harder to anger and are shy and soft hearted, if a good dead is done to them they will repay by saving the humans life if he or she is ever drowning.
8. A Selkie may only make contact with one human for a short time and can not see them for seven years unless the human steals the Selkies skin or burns it.
9. A Selkie skin is enchanted, it will always find its way back to its owner even if it takes 100 years.

Art by Yaamas


A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton - Merediths lover is a male Selkie
Beside the Ocean of Time  by George MacKay Brown - A novel about a man who falls in love with a Selkie and hides her seal skin so she cant go back to the sea.
Selkie Girl by Laurie Brooks - A YA novel about a girl who is a Selkie and how she deals with it.


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