Did you know that unicorns can have purple eyes and their horns were sold for 10 times their weight in gold back in the 1500’s? Learn facts about unicorns based on history and a few unicorn fun facts that will surprise little ones and grown ups alike.
Unicorn Mythology Facts
The legendary unicorn crosses many cultures, giving rise to varied tales of its power. The most common unicorn mythology facts are:
- Divining Truth: The unicorn is thought to hold the power to divine truth and will pierce the heart of a liar with its horn.
- Supreme Strength: According to Jewish legend, the unicorn can easily kill an elephant, a testament to its immense power and strength.
- Purity: It is believed that the unicorn is attracted to purity and innocence, giving rise to the legend of the virgin and the unicorn. According to this ancient legend, only a virgin sitting naked under a tree holds the power to capture a unicorn. Seeing her beauty and pureness, the unicorn reportedly will venture close and lay down beside the virgin placing his head in her lap, where the hunter can then kill or capture him.
- Untamable: It is said that even if the unicorn is captured, it can never be tamed.
Fun Unicorn Facts
Children often have many questions about the legendary unicorn, including “Can unicorns fly?” Share this list of unicorn facts with your little ones to pique their imagination and encourage imaginative play.
- Unicorns live in groups of four or five that make up a joyous family. The head of the family is an elder unicorn who is hundreds of years old. Other family members include a loving couple and one or two young unicorns.
- Unicorn families spend their lives alone living in peace deep in the forest.
- When two unicorn families meet, they express great joy and travel together for weeks before they part and go their separate ways.
- The unicorn may eat grass and hay, but it really doesn’t need to eat at all. It absorbs its energy from the sun, probably through the horn.
- Unicorns can be any color, from jet-black and brown to dazzling gold, brilliant red or pure white.
- Anyone who touches a pure white unicorn will find happiness and joy for his entire life.
- The unicorn’s eyes are sky blue or purple.
- Unicorns are earthbound and do not have wings. If a unicorn and a Pegasus (a flying horse) mate, the babies may become flying unicorns.
Weird Facts about Unicorn
This one is probably the most intriguing fact we’ve seen… We do not recommend killing or harming unicorns, but hunting for them can be a lot of fun. To do that you will need an official “Unicorn Hunting License”. You can get your own Unicorn Hunting License for free at the Lake Superior University. This license is good for a lifetime (and beyond) and can be used anywhere on earth.
Unicorn horns were used in pharmacies in the U.K. back in the 1700’s. We do not know what they cured, but we’re suspecting the ailments, as well as their remedy was quite spectacular.
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