Fantasy Creature Friday – Chimaera!

September 25, 2015 Discussions 4

What is Fantasy Creature Friday? It’s a discussion where I will talk about a particular creature every week. And what book or book series I think of when that creature is mentioned. At the end of the post, you will also get to link up your own fantasy creature book reviews and discussions for others to wander through.

 

This weeks creature is the:

Chimaera!

 

Chimaera are said to be made up of three animals: A lions body and head, a goats head rising out of its back, and a snake in place of its tail. Some accounts say they are part dragon instead of snake. Others still give them bird wings along with the traditional three heads. They can breathe fire, and are believed to be immortal. Most accounts say they are all female. They hatch from eggs like snakes and birds do, though no one knows how they are born.

They are vicious and deadly, but also solitary and not prone to roaming in packs. They are as swift as lions, and their snake head has fangs filled with the deadliest of venoms.

I have read of Chimaera in a few books, including: Uprooted by Naomi Novik, Harry Potter, the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton, and The Lightning Theif by Rick Riordan.

 
 
Had you heard of Chimaera before? What is your favorite book with a Chimaera in it?

 
 

 
 

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4 Responses to “Fantasy Creature Friday – Chimaera!”

  1. Lola

    I think the only books with chimaera in them that I’ve read is Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Although there the chimaera could have parts of any animal and they only had one head. I think they could be part human too. Beside that I can remember hearing about them, but can’t remember any books.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      Daughter of Smoke and Bone is on my to read list. And chimaeraism is a real thing. Humans and animals can be born with it, though it’s rare. The name chimaera has also evolved to refer to any creature that is made up of more than one creature. I just chose to focus on the original mythology…mostly. *laughs*

      I’m sure I’m forgetting books. I’m almost positive there’s a chimaera or something similar in the Last Herald Mage trilogy by Mercedes Lackey. But I may be thinking of something else.

    • SilvaraWilde

      *snickers* Yay! Another win for you! And I know NEXT week will be another win for you! (I chose something stupidly easy next week… *grins*) And it’s not sad at all, I like stumping people, but I like it even more when they’ve actually read the books I use!

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