A to Z and U is for Unicorn

The unicorn is not in Greek mythology. Nope! It’s written in Greek history. The Greek claimed the unicorn was one of the wonders they found in India. Ancient historians elsewhere have mentioned the unicorn. Some people today want to argue that they were talking about a rhinoceros, (but a rhinoceros does not match the ancient descriptions. The only similarity is that they have one horn.)


Domenichino, Virgin and Unicorn, (working under Annibale Carracci), Fresco, 1604 – 1605, Farnese Palace, Rome.

The unicorn steed was a solitary animal. Grand and ferocious. It would charge at incredible speed. Men discovered that the horn of the unicorn was indispensable. If poisoned wine was poured into a cup made from a unicorn horn, the poison would lose it’s potency. I guess a lot of people were getting poisoned back then, so there was a pretty penny put on the price of a unicorn horn.

A rare commodity, these horns were almost impossible to acquire because the beast could not be caught, nor was it possible to shoot it with an arrow since the animal traveled so fast. Several woodsmen discovered a way to capture unicorns though and it became a fad. They found that if they Imagestood bravely against a tree, the unicorn would charge at them and if they moved away in the nick of time, the animal would be pinned to the tree and then they would saw the horn off..

Some of those poor souls didn’t make it.

One good chap decided a better way. He took his virgin daughter and had her stand against the tree and waited. The unicorn charged but when it saw the maiden there, it trotted up to her and lay its head on her lap. With this discovery, virgins were soon in high demand. The hunters would saw the horns off of the unicorns as they were embraced by the ladies. When the virgins released them, the unicorns had no way to defend themselves against their predators, and hence became extinct.


About Dianne Gardner

With a passion for wholesome and entertaining stories, Dianne Lynn Gardner dives into fantasy novels both adult and young adult. She is both a best selling author and an award winning illustrator who lives in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Mother of seven and grandmother of 16, Dianne wants to make sure that books which ignite imaginations, strengthen friendships, spur courage and applaud honor are available to every reader in the world.
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6 Responses to A to Z and U is for Unicorn

  1. Luna says:

    Unicorn lore is actually quite fascinating as so many cultures speak of the creature. I’ve been a fan since I first saw The Last Unicorn film based on the Peter S. Beagle novel.

  2. Poor unicorns, a very similar story to the rhinos of today – there’s a lesson in there somewhere!
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  3. djinnia says:

    this just makes me think that people suck. sigh. and that we haven’t learned anything. double sigh.

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