The Alphyn combines various characteristics of a lion, a dragon, an eagle and a wolf, so it is a type of chimera. It has a long, knotted tail. For my poem, The Staff in the Tree, I chose to interpret it as a lion with eagle’s feet, but historically only the forelimbs are those of an eagle. In heraldry, it was sometimes used as a symbol for judgment, and it appeared on various coats of arms.
Below is a more modern rendition by William O’ Connor, a well known fantasy artist who specializes in mythological creatures.
My first drawing is a bit cartoonish (actually, I have a hard time escaping this), so let’s try again…
The Enfield is a type of chimera which combines the features of a fox, an eagle, a lion, a greyhound, and a wolf. In heraldry, it stood for subtlety, cunning, fierceness, and fortitude. It appeared on coats of arms.
Here is an interesting interpretation by famed fantasy artist, William O’ Connor:
In the drawing at the top of the page, I simply portrayed the Enfield as a winged fox. It afforded me an easier rhyme, and it was something I felt I could actually draw with more skill.
Another chimeric cutie will be featured next week.