Saturday, April 18, 2015

P is for Pegasus

Many of the stories you still see today are inspired directly and indirectly from various myths. For the 2015 A-Z Challenge, I'm going to share mythology from all over the world - myths that are familiar and obscure.

I'll never forget the 1981 movie, Clash of the Titans. It featured Pegasus, the Greek winged horse. I thought is was way cooler than unicorns. The image of a winged horse remains an iconic figure, and the creature symbolized creativity and inspiration.


Pegasus, a white stallion, has an interesting background. Poseidon (the god of the sea) and Medusa (the Gorgon) were his parents. After the hero Perseus threw Medusa's head in the water, her blood became the winged horse, and that's how Pegasus was born.

The hero Bellerophon tamed Pegasus and rode him into battle against the Chimera and the Amazons. There are also stories of the hero Perseus riding Pegasus too, but that came much later. In the original tale, Perseus used Hermes' winged sandals to fly.

Zeus loved Pegasus, and he knocked Bellerophon off of the beloved horse. Zeus then had the horse bring him thunderbolts. And the stallion's obedience was rewarded with having a constellation created in his image. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, you can find the constellation Pegasus high in the sky (east/northeast) in late Summer through early Spring.


37 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Easy to find that constellation.

Chrys Fey said...

I always thought Pegasus was cool. But I still love unicorns. A lot of unicorns are depicted with wings. Two-in-one...I want that horse! ;)

Pat Hatt said...

Never knew a horse can be born that way haha

Intangible Hearts said...

I'm imagining that constellation. Sounds lovely!

Pat Dilloway said...

I use the Pegasus in my Scarlet Knight books. The running joke is how much he hates having Emma ride him.

Mr. Shife said...

The original Clash of the Titans. I saw that when it first came out and thought it was pretty awesome. I have not revisited it as I'm sure it doesn't hold up but a lot of good memories from that one. I never saw the remake either.

Sarah Foster said...

Never knew Pegasus was created that way! That sure is an interesting way to be born...

Jo said...

I've always been fascinated by Pegasus. Loved the ones in Disney's Fantasia. Black and white ones.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Pegasus is one of my favorite. I'd much rather have a flying horse than a unicorn. Thanks for sharing the mythology.

Haneen I. Adam said...

Pegasus has always sounded cool to me, his story sounds like the best in this collection so far, no fathers killing sons or mothers going to hell or crazy sisters or even snakes! but a bloody head for a mother?!

Haneen I. Adam said...

Pegasus has always sounded cool to me, his story sounds like the best in this collection so far, no fathers killing sons or mothers going to hell or crazy sisters or even snakes! but a bloody head for a mother?!

betty said...

Pegasus was the name of a popular band in the 1970s when I was in high school. We were able to secure the band for a school dance; we were all in heaven LOL :) Nowadays, I think I like Pegasus the horse :)

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A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

A lot of people mix up Perseus with Bellerophon (probably because Perseus is more well known and also easier to pronounce XD). I do love the Pegasus, though :)

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Robin said...

That last bit... Zeus loved Pegasus....

I was thinking to myself, "Of course he did. Who wouldn't love a beautiful horse that could fly????"

But seriously... learning some of the details in these myths has been fascinating. I'm so glad you chose this for your A to Z topic.

I dedicated something to ya on the Thursday post. I hope you like it:)

A GAL NEEDS said...

Pegasus is one of the most romantic and imagination-laden characters in mythology. Something about a white winged stallion is just awe-inspiring. Thanks for reminding me. I'll be thinking about Pegasus all day.

cleemckenzie said...

I was always curious as to how something so beautiful could be born from Zeus and Medusa.

Rosie Amber said...

I love the idea of Pegasus, I have given your blog a shout out from my own letter Q today https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/

Holly Jahangiri said...

A winged unicorn that could breathe fire would be the coolest of all! :) If you're going to create a flying horse from Medusa's blood, why NOT? I've always loved Pegasus.

Fee said...

I adore the story of Pegasus, and have done ever since I saw Clash of the Titans as a wee girl. Great post!

Fee said...

I adore the story of Pegasus, and have done ever since I saw Clash of the Titans as a wee girl. Great post!

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