Fantasy Creature Friday – White Hart!

February 6, 2015 Discussions 8

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 week’s creature is the:


White Hart!


The White Hart is usually seen in fantasy stories just before a great adventure starts. Usually it is a large stag with an impressive rack of antlers, that is unusually fleet of foot and stays just barely in sight of the hero or heroine. Sometimes it is capable of human speech, sometimes it is a man or woman under geis, but most of the time it is just a magical deer.

In Finn Mac Cool, the White Hart is actually a transformed maiden named Sadhbh. She had been turned into a deer by a druid for refusing to marry him. His hounds, being transformed men themselves, recognized her as kindred spirit and refused to harm her. Once she set foot on Finn’s lands, she was restored to herself. She married Finn and they were happy for a time, before the druid returned and changed her once more into the White Hart. For seven years she was gone, until one day Finn came across a little boy who had Sadhbh’s features and he realized this was their son. Of Sadhbh herself, there was no sign.

This is one of my favorite Irish hero’s/mythology character. If you’re interested in mythology, I highly recommend this book as it touches on all the major myths about Fionn. (Finn Mac Cool/Fionn mac Cumhaill)


What stories have you read that had the White Hart in them? Have you read Finn Mac Cool?



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8 Responses to “Fantasy Creature Friday – White Hart!”

    • SilvaraWilde

      I think the White Hart was mostly used in older fantasy novels. I haven’t seen it used much lately, but books from the 1990’s and earlier had them in them often. It’s also sometimes used in books that deal with the Fae.

      Glad you’re liking my Fantasy Creature Fridays, I didn’t expect so many people would like reading about my creature of the week. Or have so many unknown creatures for people to learn about!

  1. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    Okay, I didn’t know it was called a white hart, but I think I’ve actually read a book with one of these (if I’m remembering correctly). It was called The Magicians. I can’t think of the author off of the top of my head, but there was a beautiful tree on the cover. Yeah, that’s all I’ve got. Thanks for sharing another magical creature!
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    • SilvaraWilde

      Most of the books I can think of that use this creature, call it something like White Hart, or White Stag. Just not capitalized. I think some books just say white deer, but all the older fantasy I remember that uses this, calls it White Hart.

      I’m having more fun thinking up creatures to stump you all than I thought I would. *laughs* Glad you’re still enjoying it!

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