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.
Thanks to Anya at On Star Ships And Dragon Wings for letting me borrow her ‘link your blog’ idea. She does a giveaway every Friday where you can win ARC’s and link up your reviews/discussions/giveaways. You should totally check it out after you’re done here!
This weeks creature is the:
Mermaids have the upper bodies of a human woman, and the tail of a fish. Some are said to have the tail of a dolphin, a shark, or a whale. They are sometimes associated with shipwrecks and drownings, especially of sailors. They are related to Sirens, and sometimes attributed with the mesmerizing song and other vocal powers that Sirens have.
Some say that mermaids both foretell of disaster, and provoke it. They can be a sign of rough weather approaching. They can also be beneficial however. If you do them a good turn, you may be rewarded with riches from the sea such as pearls or other treasure.
No one knows how long a mermaids life is. Some say they live hundreds or even thousands of years, and others say they are immortal. There are male mers, called mermen or sometimes tritons. They are said to be as handsome as mermaids are beautiful, though some accounts state that mermen are ugly and twisted of form.
I have read about mermaids in a few books, including: The Mermaid’s Sister and The Little Mermaid.
What is your favorite book with a mermaid in it? Have you heard of mermaids before?