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 are the:
Mares of Diomedes!
The Mares of Diomedes, also called the Mares of Thrace, were 4 man-eating horses from Greek mythology. They were wild and uncontrollable, and belonged to a giant named Diomedes. He was King of Thrace and the son of Ares and Cyrene. Alexander the Great’s horse is said to be descended from one of these 4 mares.
Their names were Podargos, which means ‘the swift’; Lampon which means ‘the shining’; Xanthos which means ‘the yellow’; and Deinos which means ‘the terrible’.
Some say they expelled fire with every breath. They were uncontrollable due to eating human flesh. In some stories, Heracles steals them, and after killing Diomedes, feeds the king’s flesh to the horses. Thus making them calmer and while still untamed, easier to move around without being killed. Their descendants were said to be used during the Trojan War.
I hadn’t realized there were actual, named meat-eating horses. But I have read about such creatures before in the following books: The Elvenborn by Mercedes Lackey, Storm Siren by Mary Weber.
Had you heard of meat-eating horses before? What is your favorite book with a meat-eating horse in it?