|Disclaimer: While it is the intention of the foremost members of this website to keep pages as mythologically accurate as possible, this site should not be taken fully as mythical, legendary or folkloric canon (let alone as a resource for any paper, report or journal). Cite pages at your own peril.|
|Alternate Names/Spellings||Griphon, Griffin, Gryffin|
|Appearance||Most commonly a chimera-like creature with the forefront of an eagle and the back half of a lion.|
The Gryphon (Griffon, Griffin) is a creature with origins in Mesopotamian, Egyptian and Greek Mythology, Medieval Legend and Heraldry.
Alce- wingless gryphon
Axex- hawk gryphon
Heliodromos- vulture gryphon
Keythong- spiky gryphon
Opinicus (Epimacus)- body of a lion, two or four legs, eagle or dragon's head, eagle wings, camel tail
Typical Gryphon (True Gryphon)
The Gryphon is an ancient beast from the sands of Egypt, the griffin has the body and hind legs of a lion. Its fur keeps it warm within the colder months and helps keep sun rays off their skin. The griffin has giant bird-like wings that let it fly through the sky. It has the fore-front of an eagle which gives it keen eye sight and a powerful hearing so it can hunt its prey even better.
Gryphons are carnivorous hunters, with hunting patterns more of raptor than of lion. They're seldom docile creatures, and quite difficult for humans to tame.
Besides keen eyesight and notable sense of smell, gryphons also have two different sets of powerful claws and the gift of flight.