In folklore unicorns have cured the sick, made poison harmless, and sightings have foretold events. These tales and lore go back to ancient times. They have appeared to be not unlike the horse, goat, lion, wolf, or rhinoceros among other creatures and combinations of them all. Unicorns have the common trait of a horn or horns protruding from the head (forwards, backwards or otherwise). Theorized origins range from dinosaurs, to equine mammals, to the narwhal, or simply the imagination. As symbolism they have appeared in heraldry, tapestries, sculpture, jewellery, and other artistic works representing various aspects and emotions.
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All About Unicorns
Information on unicorns in the Middle Ages, ancient and prehistory; also covering heraldry, legends and popular culture.
Lore of the alicorn, sightings, heraldry, myths, bible references, and international history.
Flickr: Unicorn - Licorne - Liocorno - Einhorn
Works of art in history, ranging from full pieces to individual detail.
Heraldic America: The Unicorn in Canada
International history, ancient history, heraldry, and lore, by Auguste Vachon.
An overview of the unicorn in history, with picture archive.
Wikipedia: Elasmotherium, Giant Unicorn
A now extinct type of rhinoceros, theorized as a possible origin.
Encyclopedic article; antiquity, medieval history, heraldry, and theories on possible origins.
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