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  • Unicorns

    June 14, 2017


    When I first think of Unicorns I remember the movie titled “The Last Unicorn” released in 1982.  I can still hear the song in my mind.  If you haven’t seen the film I would suggest you take the time and watch the graceful kind unicorn run through the forest with her companion like the less than skilled magician, a brave knight, and a evil old unicorn hunter. Unicorns have not lost their magical pull on the young and old.  We find them in modern movies like Harry Potter when Voldemort used the unicorns blood to stay alive.  They are even found in Despicable Me. 

     

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    The magic of unicorns still  captures our imagination and that’s because of their beauty and magical qualities.  Their horn is known to purify poisoned water and heal sickness.  Their tears and blood are also said to be healing. Unicorns are hard to catch and it’s said that they will only come to a fair maiden wearing white and who are found weeping alone. They will come and fall asleep on the maidens lap, then the hunter will take them.

    Legend says they can only be found during the light of a full moon. A unicorn symbolizes innocence, freedom, purity and feminine power. It’s counterpart is a lion which symbolizes the masculine virtues.

    Most young girls have loved a stuffed unicorn or at least dreamed of a white soft unicorn with a sparkly golden or silver horn. Unicorn means single horn, and many beasts have been mistaken as unicorns.

     


    Even though unicorns are mythical they have had a impact on history in many parts of the world especially in China and India.  I’ll list a few.

    1. Marco Polo believed he found unicorns and described them as “…very ugly brutes to look at. They are not at all such as we describe unicorns.” That’s because he actually saw rhinoceroses.  🙂

    2. Genghis Khan decided not to invade and conquer India after meeting a unicorn which bowed to him, and it reminded him of his dead father so his turned his army back.

     

    3. There are 9 unicorn references in the Old Testament in the King James version of the Bible. However experts say is a mistranslation of the Hebrew word Re’em, which is an Assyrian rimu, an extinct species of wild ox. 

     

    4. A “unicorn horn” was sold worth 10 times it’s weight in gold as late as 1741 in pharmacies in London.  It was  sold as powdered unicorn horn, a healing powder.

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    5. In the 1400’s Scotland’s King James III was famously attached to the gold coins of the that era and they were known as the unicorn and half-unicorn.

    Image result for unicorn and half unicorn coins

     

    6. In 1603 when Scotland’s King James VI became James I of England unifying the Scottish and English kingdom. The unified countries required a new royal coat of arms combining England’s lion and Scotland’s unicorns.  Note the poem of this union.

     

    Lion and unicorn coat of arms

    The lion and the unicorn
    Were fighting for the crown
    The lion beat the unicorn
    All around the town.
    Some gave them white bread,
    And some gave them brown;
    Some gave them plum cake
    and drummed them out of town.

    7. In ancient China there was a creature called the k’i-lin that radiated exquisite colors, had a voice like the tinkling of bells, and it lived for a thousand years. The k’i-lin was like a dragon—it had shimmery fish scales in every color —yet it had a mane and cloven hooves as well.

     

    The k'i-lin, an ancient Chinese predecessor to the modern unicorn.

     

     


    Did you ever find yourself fascinated by unicorns or have a favorite picture to share with us?

    Shara

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    This entry was posted in Mythology.

    2 Responses to Unicorns


    1. Sunaina Kabadkar says:

      I love this video:
      https://youtu.be/2DioEMYjzSQ

      But I confess my real reason for commenting is about the movie. I bet you get a lot of IMs and people asking, but is there any update you could tell us? I mean the last update I’ve seen was from 2014. Is the movie still happening? I love the whole Tiger’s Curse Series and am seriously fangirling at this very moment. Thank you for writing them! One of the main reasons I love them is because they are not set in America all the time. All the books now have an underlying America feeling and the change and detail you explain India and the other worlds is amazing. And don’t get me started on characters! Your characters are so well-rounded so much so I wish I could meet Ren and Kishan and Kelsey right now. I can’t wait to see who they cast. I myself am in high school and love to do theatre so, I’d like to believe that I have more interest in who they pick. Again I loved the books and hope to gets some news of the movie. Thanks!!!!

      • Hi Sunaina, Yes I do get a lot of questions. The movie is still in the works so don’t give up hope. I want to meet Ren and Kishan too. I plan on getting a picture taken with the actors someday 😉 Almost all my brothers and sisters were in theater and I love attending. Maybe I’ll see you in a play someday when you tour in Portland. =)

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    I'm Shara, a wife, mother, bargain shopper, and I love to critique everything from food to mascara. I'm a sister of Colleen who lives in the desert of Arizona. My favorite time of day is when I pretend my kids are asleep upstairs, and I can catch up on my favorite shows with my handsome husband. Once Upon a Time, Dr. Who, Mythbusters (husband's choice), Big Bang Theory, Sherlock, and Castle. I turned 40 but feel around 30ish, and wonder where the time has gone. I love new clothes, new make-up, new food, and anything new to try out and critique. It's not mean, I promise, I just really like to figure out how to make things better :-)