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Legend inuit: Akhlut

Not much is known about this mythical beast that is described as either, a wolf and an orca at the same time, or a wolf that can change into an orca and the other way around. It’s also quite hard to track back its Original story, as it was never written down, and more than one version of the story exists.

However, one story is most popular. It’s about a man who is obsessed with the sea and wants to be with it all the time. One day, or night, he returns to the village, but his people don’t recognise him, because he has become to obsessed with the ocean, and he gets banned. Wandering the large, cold plain, he finds pack of wolves, and because he’s so hungry of revenge he becomes one. But because of his affection for the ocean he jumps into the ocean, to become one with it. He then also transforms into an orca. Thus, he now swims as an orca, being at ease, but whenever his hunger for revenge is once again awoken, he comes to land and transfroms into a wolf.

What Always comes back into these stories though, is that there are footprints of a wolf to be found going to, or from the ocean, without any signs of the wolf leaving, or going to the ocean. There are, however, some simple explanations for this. First of all, the chunk of ice the arctic wolf was coming from/ going to, simply borke of. Either with the wolf still on it, or with the wolf already having left, but a few meters away. The second solution is somewhat more mysterious, and still some kind of myth. It says that sometimes, when alder arctic wolves are being rejected by a  pack, they would commit suicide by jumping in the cold, icy water and drown themselves. This is rather odd, however, because survival instinct should prevent them from doing that, because it’s very strong with animals. The third explanation is that the wolf jumped into the water, swam a little bit, and came onto shore a few metres away. However, this would mean that the wolf would need a reason to swim, because it’s not really nice to swim at the north pole, and it can be rather dangerous, so this theory also has his flaws.

 

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legends dragons

Okay, forget it, I just can’t come up with anything original, so this time I’ll tell you about dragons, and you’re going to like it. Or not…

There are many kinds of dragons, but a description that fits a dragon the most would be, An often scaly and most of the time large, serpentlike creature which is often depicted with wings and/or legs. They often have magic powers, which is, most of the time, breathing fire. The are (once again often) carnivores, but for some reason have to eat very little to keep their body at work (ONE ox a WEEK, come on, for a one 100 metres of scaly terror?).

Of course, there are oddities (the reason I had to type often often). There are some really weird dragons out there. For example the fairie dragon; This is, instead of their larger, more terrifying couterparts, a soft dragon, which is usually around 1 to 5 centimetres long and has butterfly wings. Truth to be told, I’m not very sure if they even have any magical properties.


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legends(001) unicorns?

So after asking a random person what was interesting, she said unicorns, so I will do something with unicorns, and no, not the ones from My little pony, I’ll first try to find where they originated from.

So for those who dont’t know (even though you should’ve heard of them once), a unicorn is a horse, most of the time white, with a slender, and most of the time spiral horn.

However, the unicorn wasn’t Always depicted like this, in China, where teh unicorn originated aro0und and most likely before 2800 B.C.(!) sounds like the oldest unicorn in history to me. where it was called a ‘K’i-lin’. It has the body of a deer, the hooves horse (which where white), and an ox’s tail. Also, unlike the European unicorn, this one has a horn made out of flesh instead of bone.

To the Chinese, the unicorn was a symbol of wisdom and often a good omen. An emperor, called Fu Hsi, said he saw a K’i-lin which had writing on it, Thus he said they where the sole reason for the Chinese language. There is also a tail about a certain type of K’i-lin, but that comes tomorrow, or not, just never. Changed my mind. woops…

And that is a brief introduction to the unicorn. Now, There probably isn’t such a thing a thing as a horse with a horn, so what could it be otherwise?

Some people think it was actually a rhinoceros. And you may think right away; wait a second! Rhinoceri have two horns. Then I say:’Good job, you’re being sharp, but that’s the standard rhinoceros you know. And so did I, until I searched for extinct rihnoceri. And I found one looking like this:File:Elasmotherium.jpg

TThat looks pretty much like a horse with a giant horn. The Elasmotherium or thin plated beast.

And then I found this:ElasmotheriumThat doesn’t look like a giant horse with a giant, but more like a giant lazy hamster with a gigantic horn. BUT this doesn’t matter as much as the animal is extinct since the pleistoceen. But consider this: they could’ve found the fossils of this beast and thought it was a horse, right? That’s what lots of people believed when the fossil was found at first anyway. Look at the most upper picture! That’s one of the first reconstructions, and it shares quite a few traits with a horse (for example the hooves). I believe it’s true. Except if someone has counterproof.

Okay, now I will stop blabbering about unicorns! I’m out.


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And before I forget, you can easily search the page with the F3-key and search for the title of the part you want to see. I’ll give my newest post an additional (new) in the title so you can easily find them. As my blog progresses, you’ll see certain kinds of facts, like lore, legends, popular myths like slendermen etc. so if you want to find the type of subject you’re searching for just type something like; lore_001

That’s all


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random facts you certainly don’t know.

Did you know: I made this blog to post random facts!

Did you know that I’ll probably do this once a week.

Also, I’ll probably stop writing did you know before every sentence.

I’m doing this as a project for school. The most posts will conclude things about legends or are about myths concerning another topic. I’ll post these two seperately, but I won’t post tem at the same time. Rather, I’ll just post one of these in particular order.