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Author Topic: Nymphs and their mythology  (Read 492 times)

Elyria

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Nymphs and their mythology
« on: June 30, 2013, 05:28:02 pm »
Hello all! I hope I've put this in the right section. If not, I apologize. :)

So! I'm a writer with aspirations to be an author. Currently, I have entirely too many novels and short stories brewing in my head for my own good. lol But there is one in particular I would love everyone's help with!

I'm writing a short story/novelette/novella (haven't decided how long yet) about nymphs. I went online and pulled a lot of different kinds that I plan to incorporate into my story. However, I've been having a hard time finding out much about them. I know they are connected to something. Hamadryads are connected to a specific tree, naiads are water, nereids are salt water, etc. But I know no details!

To the best of your understanding, do they turn INTO trees and water, or do they simply join with it? What happens to them when they are there? Are there certain personality traits associated with an Oread vs. a Dryad? Is there anything else I might be missing -- anything different or interesting or unknown? I'm sure there are no "set" rules or ideas about they, but I'm open to other view points. :) I'm trying to write a novel, after all! Even if there is a set way, I'm not saying I'll use it. I want it to be different, but based off the original myths.

So can you help me? :)


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Re: Nymphs and their mythology
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2013, 06:41:39 pm »
Quote from: Elyria;114239
Hello all! I hope I've put this in the right section. If not, I apologize. :)

So! I'm a writer with aspirations to be an author. Currently, I have entirely too many novels and short stories brewing in my head for my own good. lol But there is one in particular I would love everyone's help with!

I'm writing a short story/novelette/novella (haven't decided how long yet) about nymphs. I went online and pulled a lot of different kinds that I plan to incorporate into my story. However, I've been having a hard time finding out much about them. I know they are connected to something. Hamadryads are connected to a specific tree, naiads are water, nereids are salt water, etc. But I know no details!

To the best of your understanding, do they turn INTO trees and water, or do they simply join with it? What happens to them when they are there? Are there certain personality traits associated with an Oread vs. a Dryad? Is there anything else I might be missing -- anything different or interesting or unknown? I'm sure there are no "set" rules or ideas about they, but I'm open to other view points. :) I'm trying to write a novel, after all! Even if there is a set way, I'm not saying I'll use it. I want it to be different, but based off the original myths.

So can you help me? :)


Blessings,
Elyria

The Nymph crash course: http://www.theoi.com/Nymphe/Nymphai.html

There's also this article: http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/godsandgoddesses/a/Nymphs.htm

It should be noted that while I like the second article, that's me. Theoi (the first link) is generally considered a reliable source of information by pagans. The About website justifiably isn't always. But it's not usually as bad as Wikipedia, IMO, and it gives a less technical and shorter version than the first -- with a few differences, as well.
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