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:
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?