Mythical Creatures Series
Not for the faint of heart, the gulon was a creature who couldn’t get enough of eating meat, and even when it was swollen with a meal, it has a special method of making room for more food.
What is it?
The gulon comes from Scandinavian legend. Long associated with gluttony, this animal was renowned for gorging on carrion until it bloated and was unable to eat any more. At this point it would find a narrow gap between two trees and squeeze itself between the trunks, pushing the food through it’s own body, so it could continue eating more. It was at this stage of that the hunters would make their move and attack the gulon.
|“This beast was not known by the ancients, but hath bin since discovered in the Northern parts of the world. (Germany and the Netherlands)…When it hath found a dead carcass he eateth thereof so violently that his belly standeth out like a bell; then he seeketh for some narrow passage betwixt two trees, and there draweth through his body, by pressing whereof he driveth out the meat which he had eaten; and being so emptied returneth and devoureth as much as he did before.”Topsell|
Some believe these traits were based on the wolverine who usually kills more than it can eat.
The gulon’s blood was said to have aphrodisiac features. It was mixed with honey and served at weddings. This would no doubt put this creature high on a hunter’s list.
The gulon took the appearance of either a hyena or lion with a shaggy, thick brown coat. It had extra-long claws and sported a fox’s tail. It was a mixture of different animals. With it’s sharp claws, it was considered extremely savage, and did not hesitate to attack anyone.
It’s habitat was the Northern European forests and Germany.
Did you know? The gulon also goes by the name Jerff.
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