Unicorns, a Short Look Into Their OriginsKeith
Pliny The Elder, The ancient Roman naturalist wrote extensively on “unicorns” in his book.
“Unicorns are the fiercest animal, and it is said that it is impossible to capture one alive. It has the body of a horse, the head of a stag, the feet of an elephant, the tail of a boar, and a single black horn three feet long in the middle of its forehead. Its cry is a deep bellow.”
In the 7th-century the scholar, Isidore of Seville commented the unicorn “is very strong and pierces anything it attacks. It fights with elephants and kills them by wounding them in the belly.”
Pliny also wrote “the rhinoceros was also exhibited, an animal which has a single horn projecting from the nose; it has been frequently seen since then. This too is another natural-born enemy of the elephant [in addition to the dragon]. It prepares itself for the combat by sharpening its horn against the rocks; and in fighting directs it chiefly against the belly of its adversary, which it knows to be the softest part. The two animals are of equal length, but the legs of the rhinoceros are much the shorter: its skin is the color of box-wood.”
It is obvious, unicorns and the Rhinos where clearly mixed up as one in the same creature.
The Origin of the Unicorn is still being debated as it has also been mentioned throughout Asia and Europe.
Narwhal The TRUE Origin of the Unicorn:
There are numerous theories as to the origin of the Unicorn. Evidence from around the globe points to a collective imagination of a great beast with a single horn. The strongest evidence comes from the real animal the Narwhal. The Narwhal has a single long horn made of Ivory and was a trade item of ancient Vikings. They would hunt Narwhals for meat and horns to sell. The Danish Kings made their thrones out of Narwhal horns and there is even evidence that a horn of 10 feet in length has been found.