Fantasy Creature Friday – Rusalka!

May 29, 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.

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:

 

Rusalka!

 

A Rusalka is a female water spirit in Slavic mythology. They were once mortal woman who committed suicide due to unhappy marriages, were jilted by their lovers, or were murdered by their husbands or lovers. Once dead, they return as spirits to lure men to their deaths. They frequent pools of water, sometimes quiet streams.

They lure young men with their voices or their looks to their chosen watery home, and then drown them. If the Rusalkas death is avenged, their spirit will depart peacefully and bother men no longer.

They rarely show themselves to women, only men, and their hair is quite long no matter what length it had been when alive. They use their hair to help drown their victims, and it is always wet, never dry.

 

I have read about Rusalkas in various books, the only ones that spring to mind at the moment are the various fantasy stories from Mercedes Lackey. Have you heard of a Rusalka before? What is your favorite book with a Rusalka in it?

 
 
 


 
 

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4 Responses to “Fantasy Creature Friday – Rusalka!”

  1. Elizabeth

    I just finished reading The Book of Speculation and will be reviewing it in a week or so. It features a “gypsy” woman who suspects someone in their group of being a rusalka who will destroy a sweet young man in their group. I had never heard the word before, and I know a lot about mythology, and then I see it twice in one week!
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    • SilvaraWilde

      *laughs* It must be a sign then! A sign of what I couldn’t tell you though.

      The book sounds interesting, can’t wait for your review!

    • SilvaraWilde

      *laughs* Honestly, the first place I ever read about a Rusalka was in a Mercedes Lackey book. There has only ever been one other book that I remember seeing that kind of creature in, and I don’t remember the book title or author or plot! *laughs* I just remember there was another one…somewhere…

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