The Selkie by *yaamas

A Faroese stamp depicting the capture of a seal woman Selkies (also known as silkies or selchies) are mythological creatures found in Faroese, Icelandic, Irish, and Scottish folklore. The word derives from earlier Scots selich, (from Old English seolh meaning seal). Selkies are said to live as seals in the sea but shed their skin to become human on land. The legend apparently originated on the Orkney and Shetland Islands

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In Greek mythology, Icarus is the son of the master craftsman Daedalus. The main story told about Icarus is his attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax. He ignored instructions not to fly too close to the sun, and the melting wax caused him to fall into the sea where he drowned

Selkies are known in Scottish, Icelandic, and Faroese folklore, and are creatures who can take either a human or a seal form. Tales of selkies are often tragic love stories where the selkie is kept in captivity in human form, or where they cannot return to land back to their lover.

Deirdre and Naoise. One of the most tragic stories in Irish mythology. Like Helen of Troy, beautiful Deirdre unintentionally spawned a war between powerful men. She loved a warrior and huntsman named Naoise, who was betrayed and killed along with his faithful brothers. Forced to marry a king whom she didn't love, Deirdre threw herself from a chariot and ended her life. The lovers were buried side-by-side. Two trees grew from their graves and intertwined themselves into one.

In Irish mythology, Óengus (Old Irish), Áengus (Middle Irish), or Aengus or Aonghus (Modern Irish), is a member of the Tuatha Dé Danann and probably a god of love, youth and poetic inspiration. He is also called Aengus Óg ("Aengus the young"), Mac ind Óg ("son of the young").

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Catch or Release by David Lozeau

If i could have a personal project it would probably be turning irish fairytales into photos. Romantic and otherworldly, but also real and full of emotion.

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The Banshee, ("woman of the síde" or "woman of the fairy mounds") is a feminine Spirit in Irish mythology, usually seen as an omen of death and a messenger from the Otherworld. In legend, a banshee is a fairy woman who begins to wail if someone is about to die. In Scottish mythology the creature is called the bean sìth or bean-nighe and is seen washing the blood stained clothes or armour of those who are about to die. Alleged sightings of banshees have been reported as recently as 1948.

Original artwork by Ed Org depicting the Irish tale of 'Oidheadh Chloinne Lir' or 'The Fate of the Children of Lir'


Based on Shakespeare's influence, the Fairy Queen or Queen of the Fairies was a figure from English folklore who was believed to rule the fairies and is is often named as Titania or Mab. In Irish folklore, the last High Queen of the Daoine Sidhe - and wife of the High King Finvarra - was named Oona (or Oonagh, or Una, or Uonaidh etc). In the ballad tradition of Northern England and Lowland Scotland, she was called the Queen of Elphame.

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Nerrivik - Eskimo Goddess of sea, and mother of all sea creatures; they call Her the Old Woman of the Sea. (Greenland)

Mermaids Ocean Sea: A mermaid and crab on the sand.

The Irish werewolf is different from the Teutonic or European werewolf, as it is really not a “monster” at all. Unlike its continental cousins, this shapeshifter is the guardian and protector of children, wounded men and lost persons. According to some ancient sources, the Irish werewolves were even recruited by kings in time of war. Known in their native land as the faoladh or conroicht, their predatory behaviour is typical of the common wolf, not beneath the occasional nocturnal raid .

The Banshee, from the Irish “bean sí” (“woman of the síde” or “woman of the fairy mounds”) is a female spirit in Irish folklore, usually seen as a harbinger of death, as well as a messenger from the Otherworld. In Irish legend, a banshee is a fairy woman who begins to wail if someone is about to die.