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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

The problem is that classical mythic creatures have a standard for being seductive to children and then turn out to have cold, heartless goals in the end.

Modern "Monsters, Inc." style creatures were not common, as I recall.

@Algot I imagine that would vary pretty widely depending on the culture, though, wouldn't it?

@quinnstephens

My myth references lean heavily on the ones from Edith Hamilton's "Mythology" which I read several times in my youth. The Grimm brothers influenced me too.

I have not expanded much beyond that.

There probably are cultures in which "cautionary" isn't the core element of the story.

@quinnstephens
Young nymph ;)
Wait, someone is knocking in my door, wonder who it is at that time

@quinnstephens brownies aren't really obscure, but very rarely seen in modern stories.
in Irish folklore, iirc, werewolves were protectors of families. Werewolves aren't obscure, but that specific version of them is.

@quinnstephens tomten/nisse. They’ve got some spooky Norse pagan roots & fey vibes, but they look like garden gnomes and are usually nice to children and animals.

@quinnstephens You might like exploring some Japanese folktales. There's at least one nice anime ("Letter to Momo") that could feed your muse, too.

@quinnstephens my Guyanese dad used to tell me stories about brother bear and brother spider (and others). They weren't antagonistic towards children, barely interacted with them at all iirc, but they might be worth checking out because I remember them being pretty silly as a child

@quinnstephens the Klabautermann, maybe. Although it's only really associated with sailors, so unless that's a seafaring child then I dunno

@quinnstephens Does the actual mythology need to reflect its friendly nature? Because that's pretty rare to my knowledge. Otherwise, you can always "friendli-fy" a mythological creature like everyone else does.

@quinnstephens This may be more cryptid than folklore, but the Lake Mendota Sea Serpent? It was mostly described as good-natured, chasing sailboats, more prone to tipping over canoes or licking bathers' feet than causing serious trouble. (It's from Madison, Wisconsin, but there's not much reason it couldn't have relatives wherever your story needs to be.)

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