How impish are imps really?

Imps are one of those mythical creatures we all have an image in our heads for. In my Daughter of Ravenswood series, Lyken is my own creation – but he is rooted in all of the imagined imps that have preceded him.

I don’t have a drawing of him and I wish I did! I can see him clearly in my imagination, but sadly I can barely draw a circle let alone a fully featured animal 🙁

A belief in imps has been around for almost as long as people have. They were first recorded in Germanic folklore, and were usually described as free-spirited, small and rather ugly goblins. They were often associated with fairies, equally free spirited and fun loving creatures. Later in history people began to see fairies as cute and imps as malicious.

In the 16th century, expressions like “imp of hell” became common; and by the 17th century, under the influence of the Christian church, an imp meant a small demon and a familiar of a witch.

"Rumpelstiltskin," from Lang's Fairy Tales
“Rumpelstiltskin,” from Lang’s Fairy Tales

Rumpelstiltskin – Which is believed to be based on a tale at least 4000 years old – may be one of the earliest stories with an imp playing an important (and rather mischievous) role.

Since then imps have featured in books, comics, videos, movies, and of course video and online games.

Usually they still aren’t portrayed as very attractive creatures. In either looks or temperament!

Lyken, is a handsome imp. He is about the same size as a German Shepherd dog. He is rather like a small Dragon, with his long barbed tail and wings, but his pointed face has an almost human look to it in spite of his glowing coal red eyes.

He is also loyal and loving to Meagan. He’s more like a valued advisor, a witch’s familiar who can be trusted at all times.

Somehow, I need to get a picture of him, perhaps one of Lyken and Aymon together 🙂

If you know of an artist who doesn’t charge the earth … toss their name my way! 😀

Kim Cleary, Author

Kim Cleary

Kim writes paranormal stories with a intrigue, suspense and a hint of romance. She loves all animals, especially her dogs; and thrives on coffee and chocolate while writing and researching.

2 thoughts on “How impish are imps really?”

  1. Pam MargolisPam Margolis

    You know what, when they called Rumplestiltskin an imp i thought it was just a term of endearment. Like you cute little imp (mischievous) creature.

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