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This site is dedicated to gryphons - mythological beasts commonly depicted as having the head, forelegs and wings of an eagle, and the hindquarters, tail and occasionally ears of a lion. They have been known for centuries as symbols of strength and vigilance, and have been called "The Hounds of Zeus". In some mythologies, they represent the wealth of the sun. In others, they are said to have hoardes of fabulous treasure, which they guard endlessly. The Dictionary of Symbolism quotes Boeckler as offering the following interpretation of this fabulous animal:
Griffins are portrayed with a lion's body, an eagle's head, long ears, and an eagle's claws, to indicate that one must combine intelligence and strength.
The above illustration is from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, and is my personal favorite. Other illustrations from Alice can be found in the Literature section.
One of the most popular heraldic creatures, the gryphon has a long history in heraldry. Julian Franklyn's work, Shield and Crest: An account of the Art and Science of Heraldry, includes a detailed heraldic definition of the griffin.
There are several spellings for this animal, with the three most common
being gryphon, griffin and griffon. My preferred spelling
is 'gryphon', but all are interchangeable, so you will see many variations
I am in process of moving and re-organizing these pages as quickly as possible. The areas under construction should be available shortly.
I'm pleased to announce that the Eyrie has grown wonderfully in the past year (my failings notwithstanding). In fact, it has outgrown its original page! To help remedy this, the Eyrie has been divided into several areas:
Since February 10, 1997
visitors have come by the new Eyrie.
Many thanks to the over 8000 visitors since March 4, 1996!
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