Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Creature Feature: Peryton

By Tsaag Valren (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons

  • A Peryton is basically a stag with wings and feathers, some say it has the hindquarters of a bird.
  • Its mortal enemy is the human.
  • It is said to cast the shadow of a man, until it kills one, and then its shadow changes to the Peryton form.
  • Perytons can only kill one man in its lifetime.
  • They lived in Atlantis until an earthquake destroyed it, but the Perytons flew away to safety.
  • Jorge Luis Borges is attributed to have created the Peryton in his story Book of Imaginary Beings. He stated he used a long-lost medieval manuscript as a source.
  • Perytons are featured in many current stories, including (but not limited to) a Donald Duck comic, the bestiary of Dungeons and Dragons, and in the novel The Unicorn Sonata by Peter S. Beagle.
Isn't that a unique creature?
Have you ever heard of a Peryton before? 


  1. Nope. Never heard of a Peryton. Never heard of Borges either. I wonder if he's a good or bad guy. He's kinda scary looking. :)

  2. Interesting creature. I'd never heard of one before.

  3. Very interesting and I like the drawing. Of course, coming from Colorado I thought maybe it was Peyton (as in Manning), also of heroic proportions, at least in Denver. ;)


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