Currently I am on a retreat about 3-4 hours away from my home. I’m at this camp, living in cabins, looking at the stars, hiking, running, and sightseeing, along with friends. I can see the Little Dipper over here. Anyways, while I was hiking I was looking at a tree and heard pecking. A woodpecker was of course there pecking away. Being surrounded by nature reminded me of nature spirits in Greek Mythology; Nymphs, Naiads, Dryad( I’m unsure if that was spelled right), and other things like that. And a question popped in my head for a moment. I will put it at the end of the post.
Nymphs are a mythological spirit of nature. They are associated with watching/ being in charge of locations and landmarks. They are imagined as a beautiful maidens inhabiting rivers, woods, or other locations. In most stories they are women who love to dance and sing. They are loved by many and dwell in mountainous regions and forests by lakes and streams. Nymphs, usually in the shape of young maidens, were part of the advisors and assistants to immortals, such as Dionysus, Hermes, Pan, and Artemis. There are many different types of nymphs; land, water, underworld, and celestial.
Dryads are tree nymphs. In Greek drys means/signifies oak. So they are technically the nymph of oak trees, but now it is used for all trees.
Naiads are female nymphs. They are in charge of fountains, wells, springs, streams, brooks and other bodies of fresh water. No oceans. Naiads and dryads are land and water nymphs. Very obvious after the description I gave.
Did any of you guys know that Scylla and Charybdis used to be nymphs? I didn’t, at least I don’t recall it.
Anyways I said in the beginning a question popped in my head. I thought it was a stupid question afterwards, but I shall still put it down.
Zeus changed Thalia (his demigod daughter) into a tree after she was severely injured by a cyclops. She was close to dying and by turning her into a tree it kept her somewhat alive. The tree contained Thalia’s life force, soul, energy source, whatever you want to call it. Even though Thalia was unable to make a body or get out of the tree, would you consider her a nymph? Remember, nymphs are associated with watching/ being in charge of locations and landmarks. Her tree watched/ protected Camp Half Blood. Even after she was healed by the Golden Fleece.
I will be posting more about nature spirits and talking about specific land, water, underworld, and celestial nymphs. Hope you learned something.