My Favourite Monsters A-Z – Erinyes

October 6, 2012 at 10:19 pm (fantasy) (, , , , , , )

I’ve been partial to Greek and Roman mythology since a young age, and I liked the monsters best (as I mentioned in my Cyclops segment.) That’s why I’ve chosen the Erinyes as one of my favourite monsters.

The Erinyes (AKA the Furies, or Eumenides) , terrible female avengers with an association to the divine, were creatures of vengeance. They were known to pursue men (such as the matricidal Orestes) and persecute them, driving them mad as retribution for wrong-doings, particularly for grievous crimes like homicide.

Legend had it they originated from drops of blood from the castration of one of the gods. Sometimes they are depicted with wings, related to the harpies. Sometimes they are wingless or depicted as ghosts. I find the winged version the scariest.

Here’s my sketch of the Erinyes above.

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