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(October 12, 2006 by support Send DollMail )
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Magic UnicornsUnicorns are majestic creatures of myth and legend, and have long been a favorite of girls of all ages. Some individuals are convinced that unicorns do or at least did exist, but most scholars now believe unicorns are animals created by early civilizations, much like dragons, or simply a case of mistake identity that has permeated the centuries. Unicorns exist today because we like them, even if real evidence of their existence has never been found.

What is a Unicorn?

Different societies have depicted unicorns in their own unique way. The earliest unicorns ranged from descriptions that sounded quite a bit like a modern-day rhinoceros, to smaller animals with cloven hooves, Billy-goat beards, and the bodies of horses. Modern depictions range from a standard horse, usually white, to a smaller version of the horse complete with the same beard and hooves of the past. The unifying characteristic throughout all time, of course, is the long horn rising from the animalís forehead.

Magic Unicorns

The Middle Ages

While unicorns today make routine appearances in fantasy books and movies, they had their true heyday during the Middle Ages in Europe. During the Middle Ages, about 600 years ago, magic and mystical creatures were as much a part of life as work and food. Unicorns were well-known as fierce noble creatures that could only be tamed by a maiden. In fact, they were drawn to a young virgin for her soothing presence, and are often represented in medieval art as lying by the girl or with its head in her lap.

Unicorn Hunts

In the middle ages, unicorns were impossible to catch through legitimate means. You had to trick a unicorn to catch it, and there is a famous series of tapestries depicting this very thing. Noblemen, accompanied by their grooms and dogs, would ride off in pursuit of the unicorn, and often would employ the assistance of a young maiden to tame the unicorn. Unicorns were extremely rare and valuable. As they are magical creatures, their horn, blood, and even feces have magical abilities- the most common of which is to drive out poison.

Magic Unicorns

Unicorn Horn and Blood

The horn of a unicorn, or alicorn, is the most valuable part of the animal. Alicorns can drive out poison and have special healing properties, so they were highly coveted by royalty and serf alike. Apothecary shops sold vials of alicorn powder, and royalty kept intact horns amongst the rest of their treasure. Royalty also often fashioned the horns into drinking goblets to neutralize any poisons in their drink. Unicorn blood also has mystical healing properties, and is sometimes described as appearing silver or blue.

Testing a Horn

As it was extremely difficult to distinguish between a true alicorn and the long tapering horn of other animals, scientists of the day determined means by which to test the authenticity of the horn.

The most popular of these tests include:

  • A true horn from a unicorn would boil cold water when submerged.
  • A true alicorn smells sweetly when burned.
  • Poisonous plants and animals will burst when brought near an alicorn
  • Draw a circle with a true horn, and a spider will not be able to escape the circle and will starve to death inside it.

Tales of unicorns are as popular today as they were hundreds of years ago. They grace the pages of countless novels and appear in many forms of artwork. The beauty and fantasy of unicorns will live on as long as there is a fascination with their magic and majesty.


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Dragon_lover12

23/Female
Warrior, AL
Posted On: October 24, 2006
dragons are the best mythical creatures

they really existed they were good

{and im not talking about komodo dragons either}

Go dragons WHOOP
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Dragon_lover12

23/Female
Warrior, AL
Posted On: October 24, 2006
cats do rule

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cheshirecat2

20/Female
Lynnwood, WA
Posted On: October 24, 2006
I DONT LIKE UNICORNS SO MUCH......NOT AS MUCH AS CATS!! CATS RULE =~)
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punk_kity182

27/Female
Aurora, CO
Posted On: October 24, 2006
i love unicorns i collect them i even have a pretty unicorn tatoo
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bunnypixie

107/Female
Galt, CA
Posted On: October 24, 2006
UNICORNS,my passion collect all kind get them for b.day presents at least one.UNICORNS symbolize goodness and kindness and LOve if you don't believe then you don't believe in Love either!!!
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Spiritwolf15

24/Female
Henry, VA
Posted On: October 23, 2006
to all you haters out there So What if unicorns are not real or if you say they are lame Let others imagine and belive, I'ts fun beliving in them and what's the difference in unicorns and other mystical creatures

SO IN OTHER WORDS STOP HATING AND LEAVE IT BE
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wolfgirl562

26/Female
Cambridge, MN
Posted On: October 22, 2006
i really don't get it i mean uni corn arn't real so why would people say uni corns are their fav animals because there imainary (sp) so why beleive in them

people long ago never even heard of that stuff till a few teen painters had drew a picture of a horse then some one bumped into her so the painter painted a lint above the for head not on preposs(sp)when all of a sudden one person said what do you call that

and soon people call them unicorns

ps.i know how they got the name and its kinda funny

or as i was told
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pixie123

24/Female
Antarctica
Posted On: October 20, 2006
make a unicorn maker and dragon maker
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Artmis

24/Female
Fountain, CO
Posted On: October 15, 2006
unicorns are awsome!
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likealot

21/Female
Gainesville, GA
Posted On: October 15, 2006
VBrilliant idea.
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fishmouse

21/Female
Star City, IN
Posted On: October 15, 2006
Cool. I know how they used to trick the unicorns. It was kind of evil. I have a few unicorn destop backgrounds and themes.
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PattyBlack

25/Female
Mexico
Posted On: October 14, 2006
Cool!! I love unicorns because they are so cute
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coreyscuz

26/Female
Posted On: October 14, 2006
UNICORNS ROCKS!
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Hollimer

23/Female
Torrance, CA
Posted On: October 14, 2006
Unicorns are Awesome
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Original_scree

23/Female
Zionsville, IN
Posted On: October 14, 2006
^_^ I remember when I was obsessed with unicorns...they are better looking than My Little Ponys which I find to this day to be sort of scary....not sure why that is actually...

Anyways, I love these articles, they're so awesomful. ^_^

--Orii
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