Episode 36: Water Fae: Sea Nymphs
The folklore of Sea Nymphs in a nutshell, how I reimagined her for my writing, and this faery translated into Afrikaans.
Written and narrated by Ronel Janse van Vuuren.
Copyright 2022 Ronel Janse van Vuuren — All rights reserved.
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Music: Secrets by David Fesliyan (FesliyanStudios.com) and Dramatic Heartbeat by FesliyanStudios.com
You’re listening to the Faeries and Folklore podcast by Ronel.
I’m dark fantasy author Ronel Janse van Vuuren. With nearly a decade of digging around in dusty folklore books, researching creatures of imagination that ignited my curiosity, I’m here to share the folklore in a nutshell and how I reimagined it for my writing in an origin of the fae.
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We’re continuing our exploration of Water Fae.
Today’s Faery: Sea Nymphs
Folklore in a nutshell by Ronel
The Nereids of Greek mythology are deeply associated with water, especially sea water. They are the personified spirits of the sea in female form. Usually found in the sea around ancient Greece, they live harmoniously with all sea creatures and enjoy playing with dolphins and hippocampi. The sea nymphs are benevolent figures and are helpful to sailors in distress. In some versions of the myth, they are portrayed with fish tails – like mermaids – instead of feet.
Amphitrite is the most famous of the Nereids as she is the wife of Poseidon, mother of Triton, and queen of the ocean.
Mostly, the Nereids live in a golden palace in the depths of the Aegean Sea with their father Nereus. They symbolise all that is good and kind about the sea. The Nereids are beautiful young maidens who love to sing and dance.
And now for my interpretation of the fae in an origin of the fae: Sea Nymph
These Fae are the embodiment of everything beautiful and kind about the sea. They love to sing and dance, causing happiness and serenity throughout the sea. Sea Nymphs are always at the height of fashion, though they prefer being barefoot. They appear frivolous, but they are actually extremely powerful and loyal.
They protect the sea, those who live in it and those who travel over it. Which naturally makes them clash with the Sea Witches from time-to-time.
Some live with the king of the ocean in his golden palace, but most prefer travelling the depths and discovering new things.
On occasion they’ll take part in parades and ride on the backs of dolphins or hippocampi.
As a little bonus, let’s look at the translation of Sea Nymphs. into Afrikaans: Seenimfe.
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