European Unicorns

European Unicorns – The Most Common Unicorn Species

A unicorn website simply has to introduce the most common unicorn species seen in books, movies and Western mythology. That’s exactly what we’re going to talk about today; the European unicorns. This is the most well-known unicorn species in the world, and normally the European unicorns are referred to simply as “unicorns”.

While the European unicorns are well-known, there’s more than meets the eye to this magical unicorn species. That’s why we’re going to explore a bit deeper and ask our dear unicorn friend, Hippolyta, what does she know about her own species.

Hippolyta, Where in the World Do European Unicorns Live?

As you can probably tell, we live in Europe. Many of us, including myself, live in Scotland. Other parts of Great Britain have a significant unicorn population as well. I also have many relatives in Germany, France and Italy.

Yes, I would say most of us live in the Western and Central Europe. But you can find European unicorns across Europe, even in Northern Europe.

Do All European Unicorns Have a White Coat?

Oh my, that’s what people think, isn’t it? Most European unicorns have a white coat, indeed, and a white mane and tail. But not all of us are white. As you can see, my coat is light brown, although my mane and tail are white.

I suppose it’s the European blood that makes so many of us white with blue eyes. But as you see, my eyes are purple. We don’t all look the same, you know.

Have European Unicorns Always Looked the Same?

We have. But it’s not like humans always knew how we look, is it? In Europe, the first rumors about unicorns spread in Ancient Greece. A Greek man, Ctesias, found out about unicorns.

He was correct about the fact that many unicorns have a white body and blue eyes, but he also claimed we have dark red heads! Can you imagine?

In medieval Europe, humans made unicorns look a bit silly in the art they made, if you want my honest opinion. In some of those paintings, unicorns look like goats! For some reason, people thought unicorns have curly beards, like goats.

What Kind of Environment Is the Best for European Unicorns?

I suppose a mild weather is the best for us, since most of us have settled in Western and Central Europe. Some of us do live in Northern Europe, though.

Forests, moors and mountains are ideal habitats for European unicorns. Harz mountains in Germany is one of the most popular unicorn habitats in Europe. We like to live near waterfalls and in lush spruce forests.

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Hippolyta, Do You Have Any Magical Powers?

Of course, I do, I’m a unicorn! Like all European unicorns, I can cry healing tears, but unicorns hardly ever cry. I can purify water and heal the sick with my horn.

But it’s not like unicorn horns heal anything, if it’s just a horn and no unicorn, you know?

Humans can be so silly, they have always thought unicorn horns are some sort of healing objects. But unicorn horns have no magic without the unicorn!

I can also grant wishes, but I consider carefully if I’ll choose to grant someone’s a wish or not.

Unicorn blood is healing too. But if you kill a unicorn to get our blood, you’ll be cursed forever, because you killed something so innocent. So I suggest you forget about that.

Thank You for Your Kind Answers, Hippolyta.

I hope Hippolyta’s answers have helped you understand the most common unicorn species, the European unicorn. This is how we imagine unicorns; a beautiful horse-like magical creature with a white coat. But like Hippolyta, all European unicorns are not white, although most of them are.

They rarely show themselves to humans, and they live in lush forests, on mountains and on moors. They have many magical powers, like the ability to purify water and heal the sick with their horn, granting wishes and crying healing tears.

If you have any questions about the European unicorns you’d like to ask Hippolyta, feel free to leave them in the comment section below!

8 thoughts on “European Unicorns – The Most Common Unicorn Species”

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    I didn’t realize there are different species of unicorns. Besides good and evil, flying and grounded, I thought they were all the same. How ridiculous of me. Hippolyta has enlightened me even more. I thought that the horn held its own magical powers. Does Hippolyta hang out with dragons? In some books I’ve read, they can be friends. I wouldn’t know. I suppose if they’re enemies, the comparatively small unicorn would have no trouble hiding.

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      Hi Cathy,

      I’m not even sure if there are evil unicorns. I think all unicorns are good and benevolent creatures. However, there are flying unicorns called winged unicorns, but that’s the only unicorn species that is able to fly.

      Funny that you asked whether Hippolyta hangs out with dragons. Because I have a post about a tournament between Hippolyta the unicorn and Ember the dragon. They were opponents in this tournament to find out, which magical creature is more powerful, a unicorn or a dragon. Even though they were opponents, they ended up becoming very good friends.

      So, you’re quite right; unicorns and dragons can be friends. 🙂

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    Kirsti, you have made unicorns interesting to me. My relationship with unicorns is only through images. You explained the details of European unicorn species and it being the most common species. This raised a few questions in my mind. How many species are there? They have healing powers and that is what the world needs more. Do all unicorns have the same powers? Or the different species have different powers? Thanks for the enlightening post.

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      Hi Stanley,

      The unicorn species I’m aware of include the European unicorn, rainbow unicorn, Chinese unicorn (qilin), Japanese unicorn (kirin), Middle-Eastern unicorn (karkadann) and winged unicorn. This makes 6, but there are probably more. I’ve heard there is a Korean unicorn, for instance. The Korean unicorn is probably related to the Chinese unicorn and the Japanese unicorn.

      Each unicorn has unique magical powers; not two unicorns in the World have exactly the same powers. Different unicorn species have different powers as well, but there are some similarities. All unicorns have some healing powers. Winged unicorn is the only unicorn species that is able to fly. The rainbow unicorn is known to be able to control the weather. The Chinese unicorn can breathe fire like a dragon.

      Thank you for your comment and your excellent questions!

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    Hello Kirsti/Hippolyta,

    I am totally amazed at how closely the unicorns resemble horses and on top of that the magical powers that they possess. I have some questions for Hippolyta: 

    1. How many unicorns are still in existence?

    2. How long do unicorns normally live?

    3. Where exactly do unicorns live?

    Appreciate this magical information.

    Jimmy

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      Hello Jimmy,

      I passed your questions on to Hippolyta, and this is how she answered:

      1. Even us unicorns aren’t 100% sure how many unicorns still live these days. In history, there were far more unicorns in the World than today. Nevertheless, we believe there are still a couple of thousand of unicorns living across the Earth. This number includes all the different unicorn species.

      2. Unicorns live for hundreds of years. Personally, I am 150 years old. For a unicorn, I’m still quite young.

      3. Unicorns live all around the planet Earth. Most of us live in Europe and North America, but there are unicorns in Asia, Africa, South America and Australia too. Antarctica is the only continent where unicorns don’t live.

      Thank you so much for your comment and your thoughtful questions!

      Kirsti and Hippolyta

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    Wow, it is fantastic to learn about unicorns here. I see that you have explained that what I usually call unicorns are in fact the type of unicorns called European. Unlike the rainbow unicorn that loves to spend time in the swamp and muds itself, this one loves it in the forest and is spread everywhere. I was really hoping you could ask if they have any hidden powers.

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      Hi, John!

      I asked passed your question on to Hippolyta the unicorn. She said each unicorn has unique powers, so unicorns can have hidden powers. However, she said she can’t reveal the secret powers of any unicorns she knows. So, we can only guess what kind of hidden powers they might have.

      The common powers all European unicorn possess are the ability to purify water, to heal the sick and to grant wishes. All of them are extremely strong and fast.

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