A blog for young readers (and YA lovers) from the Providence Athenaeum.
The Providence Athenaeum is a unique library and cultural center in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island. Growing out of the Providence Library Company (fourth library in the United States), the Athenaeum as we know it was formed in 1836. Our handsome building on the corner of Benefit and College was completed in 1838.
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In celebration of the 2012 summer reading theme across Rhode Island, Own the Night, every Monday our blog will feature two night-dwellers or otherwise creepy characters facing each other down. Vote on one below, or come on in to the Athenaeum to vote in person and see the full bracket of all the contenders!
This week we have two legendary creatures that are part-man, part-beast. The infamous werewolf goes head-to-human-head with the monstrous manticore.
Everyone knows the myth of the werewolf, which has been told and re-told via ancient Greek myths, European folklore, Hollywood films, Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes, Harry Potter lore, comic books, the Thriller music video and teen paranormal romance novels. The details vary, but the concept is the same: human become wolf, chaos ensues. Besides becoming furry and fanged, werewolves are usually thought to possess strength and speed beyond your average wolf.
The manticore – an imposing beast with the face of a man, the body of a lion and the tail of a scorpion – is not quite as famous, but can still be spotted in modern media such as George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson books, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and the myth-heavy webcomic Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell. Darwin’s pet manticore, Skittles, is a little friendlier than the manticore of legends, who use their poisonous tails to stun their prey and their three shark-like rows of teeth to devour their victims whole.
Assuming the manticore doesn’t catch a werewolf off guard in human form, which ferocious hybrid is left standing? Who will own the night?