← Category:DryadYou do not have permission to edit this page, for the following reason: The action you have requested is limited to users in the group: Users. You can view and copy the source of this page. [[Image:Dryad11.jpg|thumb|left|150px|''The Dryad'' by [[Evelyn De Morgan]]]] '''Dryads''' are female spirits in Greek mythology. ==Nature== ===Etymology=== In Greek ''drys'' signifies 'oak,' from an Indo-European root ''*derew(o)-'' 'tree' or 'wood.' Thus dryads are specifically the [[nymph]]s of [[oak]] trees, though the term has come to be used for all tree nymphs in general. ===Family=== The nymphs of ash trees were called the Meliae. The ash-tree sisters tended the infant Zeus in Rhea's Cretan cave. Rhea gave birth to the Meliai after being made fertile by the blood of castrated Ouranos. ===Powers/Weaknesses=== Dryads, like all nymphs, were supernaturally long-lived and tied to their homes, but some were a step beyond most nymphs. These were the [[hamadryad]]s who were an integral part of their trees, such that if the tree died, the hamadryad associated with it died as well. For these reasons, dryads and the Greek gods punished any mortals who harmed trees without first propitiating the tree-nymphs. See also the myth of [[Daphne]], who was pursued by [[Apollo]] and became a dryad associated with the [[Lauraceae|laurel]]. ==Art/Fiction== ===Video Games=== *Dryads are featured in the [[Warcraft]] game, seen mostly on the continent of Kalimdor as allies of the Alliance and Night Elves. Mauradon, an instance in Desolace has many. They appear to be half deer, half elf. *Dryads are featured in Warcraft III as part of the Night Elf race. * A dryad appears in [[Runescape]] as a woman with what seem to be twigs growing out of her. ==References== *Robert Graves, Robert, 1960. ''The Greek Myths'', 82.i; 86.2 *Walter Burkert, 1985. ''Greek Religion'' (Cambridge:Harvard University Press) ==External links== *[http://homepage.mac.com/cparada/GML/NYMPHS.html Greek Mythology Link: Nymphs.] *[http://hca.gilead.org.il/dryad.html Hans Christian Anderson, "The Dryad", 1868] (e-text) [[Category:Nature spirits]] [[Category:Nymphs]] [[Category:Greek mythology]] Return to Category:Dryad. Retrieved from "https://www.monstropedia.org/index.php?title=Category:Dryad"