Ever wondered what a selkie is?  What’s the difference between mermaids and sirens?  And just what IS a Myrmidon, anyway?  Below is a list of mythological creatures you will find on this blog…and will then be able to pull out at parties to showcase your knowledge of amazing things!

What are Myrmidons?

“What are Myrmidons?” is possibly the number one question I get asked regarding my blog.  Most people assume it’s another word for merman, which is quite logical.

Mermaids vs. Sirens

The tl;dr version: Technically, a siren is a half-bird, half-woman hybrid from Greek mythology; a mermaid is a half-fish, half-woman hybrid from Northern European folklore.  Over time, however, “siren” has become interchangeable and synonymous with mermaid.  Generally, both refer to the half-fish-half-woman hybrid of Northern European origin.

Other Mermaid “Types”

Yes, there are mermaids…and then there are a host of “mermaid types” – maidens of the deep who clearly derive from the same pool of myths and stories as mermaids.  However, they have distinctions that are fascinating, and, I think, important.  I hope you enjoy the summary of each!