Wednesday, April 18, 2012

P is for Padfoot #AtoZChallenge







And before you ask, I’m not talking about Sirius Black; though I’m sure J.K. Rowling used this common tale as the basis for his alter ego. 



Origin:  Yorkshire, England.



Description:  It has many different faces. Sometimes it appears as a sheep with fiery eyes.  Other times it’s a large white dog or a black donkey.  Sometimes it’s invisible.



Disposition:  The creature is called Padfoot because of the creepy noise it makes as it is STALKING you on the moors.  This noise is quickly followed by a horrible roaring sound or the rattling of chains.  This is caused many travelers to die of fright.  Don’t bother to try to hit the creature for you fist (or a weapon) will go right through it.  Seeing a Padfoot is a bad omen.  Not to mention super, super disconcerting.

16 comments:

  1. Being out on the moors would be frightening enough. I can see where this creature came about. It's an awesome tale that I will be adding to the new fantasy I'm outlining!

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  2. We live in the Yorkshire Dales and I've seen Swaledale sheep what could definitely be a Padfoot.

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  3. Most excellent! Other countries have the coolest creatures don't they? Here in the US, we have bigfoot and the mothman...whoopie! Yes, I know that there are a few more, but still... :)

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    1. We also have the Jersey Devil and the Tailypo!

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  4. Very interesting, a great learn :0) Had to add your post to my A.D.'s FAV 5 of the AtoZChallenge today! http://adduling.wordpress.com/

    HAve a wonderful day!
    A.D.

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  5. amazing how many if these creepy creatures i havent heard of! great stories!

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    1. There are hundreds if not thousands. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Have to admit, I was thinking Sirius when I first read your heading - but glad to have learned something new - very cool. I lived in a part of Southern New Jersey in the US, and there was a legend about the Jersey Devil, haunting the cranberry bogs down there. I love kooky geographical legends like that.

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    1. Every place has its supernatural creatures. It gives something fun for the kids to obsess over.

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  7. Wow, he is able to kill simply by frightening! There seems to be no sense of redemption after a visit by him. Scary!

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    1. You'd have to have a strong constitution of you want to go wandering on the moors!

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  8. The moors seem so lonely anyway, let alone with creatures like this roaming about.

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