Fantasy Creature Friday – Redcap!

September 11, 2015 Discussions 6

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:




A Redcap is an evil murderous fairy that are said to live in ruined castles between England and Scotland. They are called Redcaps because anyone who strays into their homes are killed. They then dip their caps into the blood of the victims. They must kill regularly, because if the blood on their caps dries out, they will die.

Redcaps are very fast, so fast it is supposedly impossible to outrun one. They are said to look like sturdy old men with red eyes, taloned hands and large teeth. Their red cap constantly drips blood, and most like to carry a pikestaff.

I have read about Redcaps in a number of books. Including: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa, the Merry Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton, Harry Potter, the Grim Agency series by J. C. Nelson, and others I’m forgetting.

Have you heard of Redcaps before? What is you favorite book with a Redcap in it?



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6 Responses to “Fantasy Creature Friday – Redcap!”

    • SilvaraWilde

      To be fair, they were only mentioned and didn’t actually appear. But I thought it would be a book more people would have read. *grins* Remus says something about them in Prisoner of Azkaban.

  1. Kristen Burns

    I look at your fantasy creature posts sometimes but they’re usually about creatures I haven’t read about, but I actually did read a book with redcaps once! It was the 4th book in a paranormal romance/urban fantasy series, and the characters were in the Faery realm for that book. But the redcaps only had a small part as kind of one of many obstacles. They were described as being pretty brutal and merciless. I had never heard of them before.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      *laughs* I get that a lot. People not having heard of the creatures I mean. It’s one reason I decided to start this feature. That and finding books I may not have found on my own that have a wider variety of fantasy creatures than are usually found.

      Glad you’ve heard of Redcaps before! Thanks for stopping by!

    • SilvaraWilde

      *laughs* That’s okay, yay comments! And yay! You’ve read about Redcaps before! Amazingly enough, I already have next weeks FCF scheduled! *shocked at herself* And I’m sure you’ve actually heard of the creature too. *laughs*

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