There's still time to vote for your favorite Mythical Beast! We started out with 32 nominations which we have slowly narrowed down to just TWO! Those two epic beasts who have overcome many valiant competitors in their climb to the top are the Pegasus and the Dragon. You can click here to vote.
Which will you vote for? Read some arguments from Fellowship of Fantasy authors to help you decide.
Why you should vote for Pegasus ...
Pegasus is a noble creature, the mount of heroes and champions. But Pegasus is not alone. The winged horse takes many shapes and roles throughout the world including Al-Buraq, Tianma, Chollima (Qianlima), Haizum, and Tulpar. In each story, these great winged horses carried their riders into victory with unsurpassed speed and vigor.
The winged horses are incredibly loyal. Yes, there was the unfortunate business with Bellerophon, but that was essentially his own fault for asking the impossible. You never hear of a winged horse ravaging the countryside or eating unsuspecting maidens. Instead, Pegasus and other winged horses had important roles to play. Pegasus aided two heroes in their quests in Greek mythology (a third if you've read Rick Riordan's Blood of Olympus series) and was believed responsible for taking lightning bolts to Zeus. In World War II, the British paratroopers adopted Pegasus and Bellerophon as their mascot. The Valkyrie rode winged horses onto battlefields to take the souls of the worthy to Valhalla. Chollima inspired the Korean people as they rebuilt their homes following the Korean War. Tulpar became a symbol to the people of Kazakhstan.
So why vote for Pegasus? Pegasus is one of a very few mythical creatures to be shown primarily on the side of good. He is a beautiful creature and swift as the very winds. Perhaps someday he'll carry you to victory as he has the heroes of the past.
Argument by Jessica L. Elliott
Why you should vote for Dragons ...
The dragon is arguably the best mythical beast because it is extremely adaptable. There are hundreds of variations on it. Some talk, some don't. It can represent good or evil. They have been revered by various cultures and loathed by others. Think of how many physical descriptions there are too! There's the diminutive ones that can fit in a hand to massive ones who would make a whale look small. How many other creatures can boast of such vast differences in representations?
Furthermore, when they do speak, they display such a tremendous well of intelligence. They speak in riddles, show humor (sometimes morbid), and beguile people with their tongues.
And what creature can rival their ability to drive fear into the hearts of men? Armed with teeth, claws, a fearsome tail, and nearly always some type of other ability such as breathing fire, a single one can send an entire army fleeing. Yet they can also be gentle and tender enough to care for the frailest of beings. No doubt the dragon is the fiercest or most loyal creature to grace the pages of literature, and as such, it should be named the greatest mythical creature.
Argument by E. J. Willis
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