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1. @ human (or you) 2. - a wall 3. | a wall 4. + a door 5. . the floor of a room 6. # a corridor 7. } water filled area 8. < the staircase to the previous level 9. > the staircase to the next level 10. ^ a trap 11. $ a pile, pot or chest of gold 12. % a piece of food 13. ! a potion 14. * a gem 15. ? a scroll 16. = a ring 17. / a wand 18. [ a suit of armor 19. ) a weapon 20. ( a useful item (camera, key, rope etc.) 21. 0 an iron ball 22. _ an iron chain 23. " an amulet 24. , a trapper 25. : a chameleon 26. ~ a lurker above 27. & a demon 28. A a giant ant 29. B a giant bat 30. C a centaur; 31. Of all the monsters put together by the Greek imagination 32. the Centaurs (Kentauroi) constituted a class in themselves. 33. Despite a strong streak of sensuality in their make-up, 34. their normal behaviour was moral, and they took a kindly 35. thought of man's welfare. The attempted outrage of Nessos on 36. Deianeira, and that of the whole tribe of Centaurs on the 37. Lapith women, are more than offset by the hospitality of 38. Pholos and by the wisdom of Cheiron, physician, prophet, 39. lyrist, and the instructor of Achilles. Further, the Cen- 40. taurs were peculiar in that their nature, which united the 41. body of a horse with the trunk and head of a man, involved 42. an unthinkable duplication of vital organs and important 43. members. So grotesque a combination seems almost un-Greek. 44. These strange creatures were said to live in the caves and 45. clefts of the mountains, myths associating them especially 46. with the hills of Thessaly and the range of Erymanthos. 47. [Mythology of all races, Vol. 1, pp. 270-271] 48. D a dragon 49. E a floating eye 50. F a freezing sphere 51. G a gnome 52. H a hobgoblin; 53. Hobgoblin. Used by the Puritans and in later times for 54. wicked goblin spirits, as in Bunyan's 'Hobgoblin nor foul 55. friend', but its more correct use is for the friendly spir- 56. its of the brownie type. In 'A midsummer night's dream' a 57. fairy says to Shakespeare's Puck: 58. Those that Hobgoblin call you, and sweet Puck, 59. You do their work, and they shall have good luck: 60. Are you not he? 61. and obviously Puck would not wish to be called a hobgoblin 62. if that was an ill-omened word. 63. Hobgoblins are on the whole, good-humoured and ready to be 64. helpful, but fond of practical joking, and like most of the 65. fairies rather nasty people to annoy. Boggarts hover on the 66. verge of hobgoblindom. Bogles are just over the edge. 67. One Hob mentioned by Henderson, was Hob Headless who haunted 68. the road between Hurworth and Neasham, but could not cross 69. the little river Kent, which flowed into the Tess. He was 70. exorcised and laid under a large stone by the roadside for 71. ninety-nine years and a day. If anyone was so unwary as to 72. sit on that stone, he would be unable to quit it for ever. 73. The ninety-nine years is nearly up, so trouble may soon be 74. heard of on the road between Hurworth and Neasham. 75. [Katharine Briggs, A dictionary of Fairies] 76. I an invisible stalker 77. J a jackal 78. K a kobold 79. L a leprechaun; 80. The Irish Leprechaun is the Faeries' shoemaker and is known 81. under various names in different parts of Ireland: Cluri- 82. caune in Cork, Lurican in Kerry, Lurikeen in Kildare and Lu- 83. rigadaun in Tipperary. Although he works for the Faeries, 84. the Leprechaun is not of the same species. He is small, has 85. dark skin and wears strange clothes. His nature has some- 86. thing of the manic-depressive about it: first he is quite 87. happy, whistling merrily as he nails a sole on to a shoe; a 88. few minutes later, he is sullen and morose, drunk on his 89. home-made heather ale. The Leprechaun's two great loves are 90. tobacco and whiskey, and he is a first-rate con-man, impos- 91. sible to out-fox. No one, no matter how clever, has ever 92. managed to cheat him out of his hidden pot of gold or his 93. magic shilling. At the last minute he always thinks of some 94. way to divert his captor's attention and vanishes in the 95. twinkling of an eye. 96. [From: A Field Guide to the Little People 97. by Nancy Arrowsmith & George Moorse. ] 98. M a mimic 99. N a nymph 100. O an orc 101. P a purple worm 102. Q a quasit 103. R a rust monster 104. S a snake 105. T a troll 106. U an umber hulk 107. V a vampire 108. W a wraith 109. X a xorn 110. Y a yeti 111. Z a zombie 112. a an acid blob 113. b a giant beetle 114. c a cockatrice; 115. Once in a great while, when the positions of the stars are 116. just right, a seven-year-old rooster will lay an egg. Then, 117. along will come a snake, to coil around the egg, or a toad, 118. to squat upon the egg, keeping it warm and helping it to 119. hatch. When it hatches, out comes a creature called basil- 120. isk, or cockatrice, the most deadly of all creatures. A sin- 121. gle glance from its yellow, piercing toad's eyes will kill 122. both man and beast. Its power of destruction is said to be 123. so great that sometimes simply to hear its hiss can prove 124. fatal. Its breath is so venomenous that it causes all vege- 125. tation to wither. 126. There is, however, one creature which can withstand the 127. basilisk's deadly gaze, and this is the weasel. No one knows 128. why this is so, but although the fierce weasel can slay the 129. basilisk, it will itself be killed in the struggle. Perhaps 130. the weasel knows the basilisk's fatal weakness: if it ever 131. sees its own reflection in a mirror it will perish instant- 132. ly. But even a dead basilisk is dangerous, for it is said 133. that merely touching its lifeless body can cause a person to 134. sicken and die. 135. [From: Mythical Beasts by Deirdre Headon (The Leprechaun 136. Library) and other sources. ] 137. d a dog 138. e an ettin 139. f a fog cloud 140. g a gelatinous cube 141. h a homunculus 142. i an imp; 143. An 'imp' is an off-shoot or cutting. Thus an 'ymp tree' was 144. a grafted tree, or one grown from a cutting, not from seed. 145. 'Imp' properly means a small devil, an off-shoot of Satan, 146. but the distinction between goblins or bogles and imps from 147. hell is hard to make, and many in the Celtic countries as 148. well as the English Puritans regarded all fairies as devils. 149. The fairies of tradition often hover uneasily between the 150. ghostly and the diabolic state. 151. [Katharine Briggs, A dictionary of Fairies] 152. j a jaguar 153. k a killer bee 154. l a leocrotta 155. m a minotaur 156. n a nurse 157. o an owlbear 158. p a piercer 159. q a quivering blob 160. r a giant rat 161. s a scorpion 162. t a tengu; 163. The tengu was the most troublesome creature of Japanese 164. legend. Part bird and part man, with red beak for a nose 165. and flashing eyes, the tengu was notorious for stirring up 166. feuds and prolonging enmity between families. Indeed, the 167. belligerent tengus were supposed to have been man's first 168. instructors in the use of arms. 169. [From: Mythical Beasts by Deirdre Headon 170. (The Leprechaun Library). ] 171. u a unicorn; 172. Men have always sought the elusive unicorn, for the single 173. twisted horn which projected from its forehead was thought 174. to be a powerful talisman. It was said that the unicorn had 175. simply to dip the tip of its horn in a muddy pool for the 176. water to become pure. Men also believed that to drink from 177. this horn was a protection against all sickness, and that if 178. the horn was ground to a powder it would act as an antidote 179. to all poisons. Less than 200 years ago in France, the horn 180. of a unicorn was used in a ceremony to test the royal food 181. for poison. 182. Although only the size of a small horse, the unicorn is a 183. very fierce beast, capable of killing an elephant with a 184. single thrust from its horn. Its fleetness of foot also 185. makes this solitary creature difficult to capture. However, 186. it can be tamed and captured by a maiden. Made gentle by the 187. sight of a virgin, the unicorn can be lured to lay its head 188. in her lap, and in this docile mood, the maiden may secure 189. it with a golden rope. 190. [From: Mythical Beasts by Deirdre Headon 191. (The Leprechaun Library). ] 192. v a violet fungi 193. w a long worm; 194. From its teeth the crysknife can be manufactured. 195. x a xan; 196. The xan were animals sent to prick the legs of the Lords of Xibalba. 197. y a yellow light 198. z a zruty; 199. The zruty are wild and gigantic beings, living in the wildernesses 200. of the Tatra mountains.