Tuesday, April 10

I is for Imp

Welcome back for today's creature, sponsored by the letter... I.

First though, I have some newsy bits to share. Jungle Fire is now available at Amazon.com. Hop on over there and take a look (after today's post, of course. ;-))

Name: Imp

Type: lesser demons

Origin: Germanic mythology

Description: Small, unattractive boarding on ugly creatures. Imps, while usually associated with black arts, are not always evil, but merely mischievous and pranksters, as they do not strive to harm their victims. They usually act very wild and uncontrollable. Most often, they're viewed as immortals. Typically, they are familiars who serve witches or warlocks as informants.

Sometimes imps seek friendship with humans since they're often portrayed as lonely. Usually their pranks drove away the people or when they found a friend, they were described as impish for their love of practical jokes.

Interesting Facts: Some Germanic tales consider imps to be more closely tied to fairies due to the fact that they're more playful and show a variety of interests, unlike their more infernal cousins.

They're very commonly used in computer games/video games due to the fact that they are known as servants to magical beings. Examples are World of Warcraft, The Legend of Zelda, and Dante's Inferno.

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Have you heard of imps before?


  1. Have you read the story of the Lincoln Cathedral Imp? http://www.bbc.co.uk/lincolnshire/unexplained/lincoln_imp.shtml

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Paula! I read wikipedia's article on it. :) I'll have to check out that link though.

  2. I have heard of imps and like all these little creatures I often wonder how they all got started.

    Nice to meet you, and I hope you're enjoying the Challenge!

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    1. Hi Karen! Thanks for commenting! I wish I didn't have so much going on right now. I'm managing with the posts, but I'm not able to comment on as many other blogs as I'd like right now.

  3. Imps sound like they are sprites, not demons.


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