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'Grýla' by Þrándur Þórarinsson. Grýla, is in Icelandic mythology, a horrifying monster and a giantess living in the mountains of Iceland. She is said to come from the mountains at Yuletide in search of naughty children. The Grýla legend has been frightening to the people of Iceland for many centuries - her name is even mentioned in Snorri Sturluson’s thirteenth century Edda. Most of the stories told about Gryla were to frighten children – her favorite dish was a stew of naughty kids...

[][][] Ulisse Aldrovandi, (1642) Monstrorum historia. 16th century woodcut of monster - by Aldronvandi, the father of the natural history museum. Part of his original collection including many of his woodcuts of monsters are on display in Bologna's Museo di Palazzo

Allegory of the Five Obstinate Monsters 1575 - 1618 Anon

Mermaids-sirens-monster fish. French c. 1450-70 Bodl. Douce 134

Phoenix - Monstrorum Historia: Woodcut illustrations from Aldrovandi's 'History of Monsters'

Ulisse Aldrovandi, Monstrorum Historia (History of Monsters) late 1500s, a compendium of monstrous and human hybrid races. Here shown are the Cynocephali, dog-head humans said to inhabit a island in the far East. Not monsters in the sense of inspiring horror or fear; these monstrous races were emblems of an unknown world

"A three headed monster in an alchemical flask, representing the composition of the alchemical philosopher's stone: Salt, Sulphur, and Mercury." Watercolor painting from Salomon Trismosin's 'Splendor solis'.

Monstrum hermaphroditicum pedibus aquilinis. From: Ulissi ALDROVANDI [ALDROVANDUS]. Monstrorum historia, 1642.

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