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A carving of a dragon from Imperial City, Huế in Vietnam
Harry Kellar's supernatural creatures

A legendary creature is an animal described in non-historical stories that sometimes involve the supernatural. Other legendary animals, such as the unicorn, were claimed in accounts of natural history by various scholars of antiquity.<ref name=Britannica>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>

The definitions of legendary and mythological have been debated with no widely agreed upon application.<ref name="Dundes1984"/> Some legendary creatures have their origin in traditional mythology and were believed to be real creatures, for example dragons, griffins, and unicorns.<ref name="Dundes1984">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Failed verification |date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[not in citation given] }}<ref name="SimpsonRoud2000">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Failed verification |date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[not in citation given] }} Others were based on real encounters, originating in garbled accounts of travelers' tales, such as the Vegetable Lamb of Tartary, which supposedly grew tethered to the earth (and was actually a type of fern).<ref name="Large&Braggins">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>


Legendary creature sections
Intro   Medieval symbolism of legendary creatures   See also  Notes  References  

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