The Age of Fable eBook

Thomas Bulfinch
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Gwern son of Matholch and Branwen,

Gwernach the Giant,

Gwiffert Petit, ally of Geraint,

Gwyddno, Garanhir, King of Gwaelod,

Gwyr, judge in the court of Arthur,

Gyoll, river,


Hades, originally the god of the nether world—­the name later used to designate the gloomy subterranean land of the dead,

Haemon, son of Creon of Thebes, and lover of Antigone,

Haemonian city,

Haemus, Mount, northern boundary of Thrace,

Hagan, a principal character in the Nibelungen Lied, slayer of

Halcyone, daughter of Aeneas, and the beloved wife of Ceyx, who, when he was drowned, flew to his floating body, and the pitying gods changed them both to birds (kingfishers), who nest at sea during a certain calm week in winter ("halcyon weather”)

Hamadryads, tree-nymphs or wood-nymphs, See Nymphs

Harmonia, daughter of Mars and Venus, wife of Cadmus

Haroun al Raschid, Caliph of Arabia, contemporary of Charlemagne

Harpies, monsters, with head and bust of woman, but wings, legs and tail of birds, seizing souls of the wicked, or punishing evildoers by greedily snatching or defiling their food

Harpocrates, Egyptian god, Horus

Hebe, daughter of Juno, cupbearer to the gods

Hebrus, ancient name of river Maritzka

Hecate, a mighty and formidable divinity, supposed to send at night all kinds of demons and terrible phantoms from the lower world

Hector, son of Priam and champion of Troy

Hector, one of Arthur’s knights

Hector de Marys’, a knight

Hecuba, wife of Priam, king of Troy, to whom she bore Hector,
Paris, and many other children

Hegira, flight of Mahomet from Mecca to Medina (622 ad), era from which Mahometans reckon time, as we do from the birth of Christ

HEIDRUN, she goat, furnishing mead for slain heroes in Valhalla

Heimdall, watchman of the gods

Hel, the lower world of Scandinavia, to which were consigned those who had not died in battle

Hela (Death), the daughter of Loki and the mistress of the
Scandinavian Hel

Helen, daughter of Jupiter and Leda, wife of Menelaus, carried off by Paris and cause of the Trojan War

Helenus, son of Priam and Hecuba, celebrated for his prophetic powers

Heliades, sisters of Phaeton

Helicon, Mount, in Greece, residence of Apollo and the Muses, with fountains of poetic inspiration, Aganippe and Hippocrene

HELIOOPOLIS, city of the Sun, in Egypt

Hellas, Gieece

Helle, daughter of Thessalian King Athamas, who, escaping from cruel father with her brother Phryxus, on ram with golden fleece, fell into the sea strait since named for her (See Golden Fleece)

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