Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Griffin, Griffon, Gryphon...
...however you spell his name, he's an awesome beastie. The one above is the creation of Johannes Jonston, c.1650. If the number of websites devoted to the griffin is any indicator, he has a lot of fans, though his reputation has varied radically in different times and places. He is fond of gold, notoriously hard on horses, and a known enemy of the basilisk.
If Johannes' little buddy has whetted your appetite for griffin images, go here for a visual feast. There's more griffin lore on this page.