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    Creatures of the Mist: Wild Men

    Creatures of the Mist: Wild Men

    Gary R. Varner

    Legends concerning a group of shaggy and primitive “Wild Men” have survived over the centuries and may be regarded as legends of either a common mythic creature or an as yet unidentified creature that possibly may still exist. The Wild Man most likely is based in reality. During the Middle Ages, a sub-culture existed on the fringes of society made up of outlaws and social outcasts. At times, individuals made their way into the towns and cities and the Wild Man-Wild Folk, stories began. At the same time, the term was applied to the mythical race of dwarves who were called “Moss-Folk”. One folklorist wrote, “they are considered to be dwarfs, and they live in communities. They are grey and old-looking, and are hideously overgrown with moss, giving them a hairy appearance.” (1) These Moss Folk weave the moss of the forests and protect it with a vengeance. They do help some people with their knowledge of the healing plants and herbs and they help crops to grow.

    Other Wild Men were described as “often of gigantic proportions, dwell in woods or mountains, and originally were no doubt closely connected with the spirits of trees…From head to foot they are clothed in moss, or covered with rough shaggy hair, their long locks floating behind them in the wind.”(2) In folklore these Wild Men are sometimes helpful to humans in that they will locate lost cattle and have the ability to treat the illnesses of cattle, but, according to Philpot, they are “more often mischievous, having the propensity for stealing the milk and carrying off the children of the peasants.”(3)
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    I've often thought of Beorn from the Hobbit as one of these forest wild men (he changes into an animal at night) and the Ents of The Lord of The Rings as tree-men that may have been based directly on such legends of "queer folk" that have become extinct.

    The Elves are still with us, of course, and the dwarves. But today these appear clothed in human skin. They are, however still open to discovery. Some are cheeky enough to make announcements, but no one believes in the "otherkin". A cloak of "madness" is what conceals them from the new man, the nuovo idiotum, the specimen of the Grand Vanity. He rules over all and is being replaced by a woman who seems even more deadly and arrogant.

    There is a good reason why true folk are beginning to think of leaving the cities and returning to the towns so they can be again on the fringes of the wildfolk's domains. But these will be only a few. The ones who can see the Elves and who are seen by the Elves.

    I think IronicWSch, you would have little difficulty in recognising the otherkin. Hence your post. Of course they don't live in the same world as the average, with his camera and his map and his flask of spring water from the supermarket. That is why when they are seen it is only by the few who stray, inadvertantly or otherwise, into their domain or realm. They are not there for everyman. They have never been there for everyman the way they are there for everytree. Ideas of a heavenly era where all becomes visible and transparent and peace reigns is the wish of everyman. But it can never be. The pathway is an oathway that must be found and not everyone knows or cares to look for it, or can see it or wants to travel it. So the Wildfolk look on from their dimension and come only to some. If they steal children it is because the children want to be stolen. They are not kidnapped and leave of their own accord. It's just that no one can understand why they would not want to live with everyman.


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