Hey fediverse, I'm trying to think of some cool, obscure and friendly mythical creatures from existing folklore. The kind who could plausibly be friends of a young child. Anyone have any suggestions? :D

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@quinnstephens Any particular part/world region of folklore? And are you ideally wanting something humanoid, something child-size, or something more unusual?

@ExilianOfficial And ideally they should be human-sized or smaller so I can fit a large number of them in one composition :)

@quinnstephens And is it important that they're benevolent in the original folkloric conception? (That is, avoiding say "here's an X but this one's a friendly cute version").

@ExilianOfficial I'm not averse to putting a friendly spin on them if I can make a case for it!

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@quinnstephens Some initial thoughts:
> Barbegazi, the "ice beard" dwarfs of the French/Swiss alps who rescue people from snowdrifts
> Knockers, the Cornish/Welsh trickster spirits who hammer at mine walls before a cave-in to warn miners to get out the way
> Domovoy, easy European household spirits (might be too similar to the alux?)
> Would break your size thing but the Musgoso of northern Spain, a giant who acts as a shepherd to the shepherds, is very cool.
> A tiny lammasu would be adorable.

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> Would break your size thing but the Musgoso of northern Spain, a giant who acts as a shepherd to the shepherds, is very cool.

Aren't you thinking of the #Basajaun perhaps? pyreneanexperience.com/basajau

#Basque mythology offers a lot of potential, in part because of its close connection with nature. From memory, the #akerbeltz and #sorginak (witches, sort of) could also fit the bill.

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I would recommend doing some decent research first and speaking to individuals from the relevant cultures, as:

1. people can be quite sensitive to how “their” folklore is represented

2. to the informed, it'll be obvious if you don't “know” the character and completely ruin the experience.

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Hang on! Just remembered another one that might fit the bill: children in the Basque country do not have a father Christmas as in northern cultures or the three magi as in Spain.

They have the #Olentzero.

Do an image search for it.

(Btw, I realise the thread is quite old but nevertheless)

@0 @quinnstephens No, definitely the Musgoso, which is a myth from Asturias/Cantabria, but by the looks of it might be a related/vaguely similar myth to the Basque one you mentioned.

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