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The Dryads

Updated: Mar 21

The Dryads of Greek mythology are the nymphs of the trees, groves and woodlands. In Greek Mythology they are most commonly known as the spirits or fairies of the oaks, poplars, pine and ash, but there are similar stories of tree spirits in lots of mythologies around the world.

a green linocut print of a young dryad in a green
The Summer Dryad by The Coventina Press

In Greek mythology, they were believed to be the nymphs of the trees, born from the earth itself to protect the forests and all living things within them. Some famous dryads from Greek Mythology are Eurydice and Daphne.

In Norse mythology, the dryads were said to be spirits of the trees, watching over the woodlands with a fierce and protective loyalty. dryads were known to possess the ability to communicate with trees and manipulate the growth of forests, emphasizing their close connection to nature.

In Celtic mythology, the dryads were believed to possess the power to shape-shift into animals, blending seamlessly with the trees they inhabited. The Sidhe Draoi, also known as faery tree spirits are a group of magical beings deeply rooted in Celtic mythologies, known for their mastery of ancient arts and enchantments. These mystical creatures are said to dwell in the hidden realms of the forests, where they use their powers to protect the natural world and its inhabitants. Similar to the dryads, the Sidhe Draoi are believed to possess a profound connection to nature, acting as guardians of the balance between the earthly and spiritual realms.

The Huldra are mystical beings from Scandinavian folklore, similar to Dryads, they are known for their enchanting presence and affinity for the natural world. These mysterious creatures are said to inhabit the deep forests, where they guard the secrets of the land and maintain the delicate balance of nature. With their otherworldly beauty and alluring charm, the Huldra are capable of captivating even the most wary of travelers who happen upon their domain. However, behind their beguiling facade lies a cautionary tale of those who dare to cross paths with these elusive beings, as their interactions with humans often lead to unforeseen consequences and challenges.,

The Summer Dryad hand printed linocut print is available to buy here and as a greeting card here


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