A Dullahan - ClaraDon - cc

The Dullahan

A Dullahan - ClaraDon - cc

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The Dullahan is a creature belonging to Irish folklore. It is a mischievous fairy, who, like a reaper, sounds the death of humans by its mere coming. A character as morbid as it is macabre, this mischievous little creature would even walk around sometimes without its head!

Description of the Dullahan

A fairy with macabre powers…

The Dullahan is known for its malice, and its macabre games. The Dullahan is known for his mischievous and macabre games, as he can remove his head at will, and use it in ball games and other macabre activities (The Dullahan is depicted with his head under his arm, and has inspired many movies, such as Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow). Generally speaking, the Dullahan is best recognized by his glowing eyes and his twisted smile.

The Dullahan has a habit of riding horses. To make the animal move forward, it uses a whip, made of a human spine, which it likes to crack in the air. From time to time, the Dullahan also moves around in a cariole, made of bones, femurs, and skulls…

The role of the Dullahan is rather morbid: when he stops his horse, a human being must die. All he has to do is stop his horse and whisper the name of his victim, and the person concerned collapses immediately.

Their main weaknesses

Although there is no way to avoid death caused by a Dullahan, these creatures have some weaknesses that are good to know. The Dullahan is by nature a discreet being who does not like to be observed. So be careful if you ever spy on a Dullahan: as a form of revenge, the Dullahan might sprinkle you with a bowl of blood (a sign of death to come), or even throw his bone whip in your eyes! (A little painful!).

The Dullahan is particularly fearful of gold, which alone is enough to repel them! A technique that is a bit expensive, but it works!


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