Saturday, April 30, 2016

A TO Z CHALLENGE 2016 -- ZMEU

You watch her.  You want her to be your bride. She is perfect for you.

Swooping from the sky, your might is too strong for them.  You take her up into your arms.

She struggles, but it is futile.  She will marry you.  A purr of pleasure rumbles at the thought.

This time your precious maid will not be taken away.



Zmeu is a humanoid dragon!  One of the coolest beings I've come across.  They can turn into full dragons and have other shape shifting ability as well.  They also can create tools to use.

There is a debate on etymology and that he could be some type of ogre or giant, but why mess with a fire-breathing, maiden-stealing, flying bit of awesomeness!

Of course, the handsome young man (aka  Făt-Frumos) has to go rescue the girl from it.  Sometimes, he has to travel to the lair of the Zmeu, tarâmul celălalt (other world/realm) to save the maiden from marrying the creature.

They don't always steal girls. They steal other precious things like golden apples or the sun and moon.

There are different versions from all over Eastern Europe.  This happens to be the Romanian one.

10 comments:

  1. Dragons - great way to end the journey through ghosts and monsters :) Excellent A to Z, I've enjoyed popping by and reading about the weird and wonderful menageries of ghosts, monsters and urban legends.
    Sophie
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles | Wittegen Press | FB3X

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    1. Thank you! He was one of my faves.

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  2. Maiden stealing dragons - who could ask for more? Thank you for all the wonderful beasties you have shared this month, it has been great fun coming and reading all about them.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    1. Thanks! Loved all your posts as well!

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  3. Pretty elaborate. A great ending to the month!

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    1. Loved your posts. I just loved this one! I need to find out more!

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  4. Ooooh, a delightful dragon to cross a thoroughly creepy finish line! Cheers to an awesome AtoZ!!

    The AtoZ of EOS
    #TeamDamyanti

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    1. Thank you!

      Your posts were stunning, intense, and completely amazing! Hats off to you for such a spectacular A to Z!

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  5. Everyone loves a dragon! Great way to end the A to Z and a wonderful job all month long! Congratulations!
    Happy May!

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  6. A dragon is a great way to wrap up the challenge. It was fun reading about new monster. Thanks. =)

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