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It was left to the heralds to clarify that. A hippogriff is a legendary creature, supposedly the offspring of a griffin and a mare.
In heraldry, the griffin's amalgamation of lion and eagle gains in courage and boldness, and it is always drawn to powerful fierce monsters.
It is used to denote strength and military courage and leadership. Griffins are portrayed with the rear body of a lion, an eagle's head with erect ears, a feathered breast, and the forelegs of an eagle, including claws.
These features indicate a combination of intelligence and strength. Griffins may be shown in a variety of poses, but in British heraldry are never shown with their wings closed.
Heraldic griffins use the same attitude terminology as the lion , with the exception that where a lion would be described as rampant a griffin is instead described as segreant.
In British heraldry, a male griffin is shown without wings, its body covered in tufts of formidable spikes, with a short tusk emerging from the forehead, as for a unicorn.
It is possible that the male griffin originated as a derivation of the heraldic panther. The sea-griffin , also termed the gryphon-marine , is a heraldic variant of the griffin possessing the head and legs of the more common variant and the hindquarters of a fish or a mermaid.
Sea-griffins are present on the arms of a number of German noble families, including the Mestich family of Silesia and the Barony of Puttkamer.
The opincus is another heraldic variant, which is depicted with all four legs being those of a lion. Occasionally, its tail may be that of a camel or its wings may be absent.
The opincus is rarely used in heraldry, but appears in the arms of the Worshipful Company of Barbers. A heraldic griffin passant of the Bevan family crest.
Heraldic guardian griffin at Kasteel de Haar , Netherlands, — The Gryf coat of arms of the knighthood family Gryfici. Used by c.
In architectural decoration the griffin is usually represented as a four-footed beast with wings and the head of an eagle with horns , or with the head and beak of an eagle.
The statues that mark the entrance to the City of London are sometimes mistaken for griffins, but are in fact Tudor dragons, the supporters of the city's arms.
As to the gold which the griffins dig up, there are rocks which are spotted with drops of gold as with sparks, which this creature can quarry because of the strength of its beak.
But they have no great power of flying, not more than have birds of short flight; for they are not winged as is proper with birds, but the palms of their feet are webbed with red membranes, such that they are able to revolve them, and make a flight and fight in the air; and the tiger alone is beyond their powers of attack, because in swiftness it rivals the winds.
And the griffins of the Indians and the ants of the Ethiopians, though they are dissimilar in form, yet, from what we hear, play similar parts; for in each country they are, according to the tales of poets, the guardians of gold, and devoted to the gold reefs of the two countries.
Griffins are used widely in Persian poetry ; Rumi is one such poet who writes in reference to griffins. Immediately afterwards, Dante is reunited with Beatrice.
Dante and Beatrice then start their journey through Paradise. Sir John Mandeville wrote about them in his 14th century book of travels:.
In that country be many griffins, more plenty than in any other country. Some men say that they have the body upward as an eagle and beneath as a lion; and truly they say sooth, that they be of that shape.
But one griffin hath the body more great and is more strong than eight lions, of such lions as be on this half, and more great and stronger than an hundred eagles such as we have amongst us.
For one griffin there will bear, flying to his nest, a great horse, if he may find him at the point, or two oxen yoked together as they go at the plough.
For he hath his talons so long and so large and great upon his feet, as though they were horns of great oxen or of bugles or of kine, so that men make cups of them to drink of.
And of their ribs and of the pens of their wings, men make bows, full strong, to shoot with arrows and quarrels.
In the Harry Potter series, the character Albus Dumbledore has a griffin-shaped knocker. Also, the character Godric Gryffindor 's surname is a variation on the French griffon d'or "golden griffon".
Pomponius Mela: "In Europe, constantly falling snow makes those places contiguous with the Riphean Mountains so impassable that, in addition, they prevent those who deliberately travel here from seeing anything.
After that comes a region of very rich soil but quite uninhabitable because griffins, a savage and tenacious breed of wild beasts, love- to an amazing degree- the gold that is mined from deep within the earth there, and because they guard it with an amazing hostility to those who set foot there.
Isidore of Seville — "The Gryphes are so called because they are winged quadrupeds. This kind of wild beast is found in the Hyperborean Mountains.
In every part of their body they are lions, and in wings and heads are like eagles, and they are fierce enemies of horses. Moreover they tear men to pieces.
The griffin is the symbol of the Philadelphia Museum of Art ; bronze castings of them perch on each corner of the museum 's roof, protecting its collection.
The latest fighter produced by the Saab Group bears the name " Gripen " Griffin , as a result of public competition.
Griffins, like many other fictional creatures, frequently appear within works under the fantasy genre. The red griffin rampant was the coat of arms of the dukes of Pomerania and survives today as the armorial of West Pomeranian Voivodeship historically, Farther Pomerania in Poland.
It is also part of the coat of arms of the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern , representing the historical region Vorpommern Hither Pommerania.
Similarly, the coat of arms of Greifswald , Germany, in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern , also shows a red griffin rampant — perched in a tree, reflecting a legend about the town's founding in the 13th century.
The Coat of arms of Crimea. Rogue taxidermy griffin, Zoological Museum, Copenhagen. Three gryphons form the crest of Trinity College, Oxford founded , originating from the family crest of founder Sir Thomas Pope.
The college's debating society is known as the Gryphon, and the notes of its master emeritus show it to be one of the oldest debating institutions in the country, significantly older than the more famous Oxford Union Society.
The official seal of Purdue University was adopted during the University's centennial in The seal, approved by the Board of Trustees, was designed by Prof.
Al Gowan, formerly at Purdue. It replaced an unofficial one that had been in use for 73 years. The emblem of the Greek 15th Infantry Division features an ax-wielding griffin on its unit patch.
The English independent school of Wycliffe College features a griffin on its school crest. The gryphon is the symbol of resolve and fortitude among the wild dwarves of Aerie Peak.
From the tip of its powerful beak to the back of its swishing tail, a gryphon can reach lengths of 9 feet. Its wings can span up to 30 feet, and are powerful enough to launch the beast into flight from a standing position.
Gryphons are intelligent and loyal, suppressing their natural aggression and territorial behavior to assist the wild dwarves who share their mountain homes.
They are, however, partial to horse flesh and unless closely watched indulge their taste to the detriment of nearby cavalry.
In recent times, the trolls of the Witherbark tribe in the southern Hinterlands have been capturing gryphons to attempt to train their own windwarriors.
They have thus far been unsuccessful, but it is conceivable that the trolls will eventually find a way to duplicate the success of the Wildhammer clan and produce gryphon riders of their own.
In combat, a gryphon attempts to swoop down on its prey, attacking from above. Gryphons are intelligent enough to avoid fighting in situations in which they cannot make their attack at an advantage.
The sale of gryphon eggs is considered a crime in most human and dwarf holdings, but black market eggs can be had for prices at around 2 to 3 times less than the amount of a fully trained gryphon.
A gryphon rider in the Warcraft II manual. A gryphon rider in Warcraft III. The banner used at flight points that employ gryphon mounts. The [ Alabaster Stormtalon ] mount.
A draenei priest riding a gryphon in the TCG. A gyphon on the Stormwind battlefield in Hearthstone.
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