There are many famous fictional and mythological characters that are fan favourites. Even if the characters are fan favourites there are some facts that fans don’t know. Here are 5 famous fictional and mythological characters: Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, Thor, Medusa and King and Arthur and 5 facts about them you might not have known.

Sherlock Holmes (Fictional Character)

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most famous fictional characters created by Sir Arthur Canon Doyle. Holmes was first introduced in Canon Doyle’s ‘ A Study of Scarlet’ which was published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887. Sherlock Holmes was a consulting detective who pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England and continental Europe.

5 Facts about Sherlock Holmes:

  • Sherlock Holmes was inspired by a lecturer at University of Edinburgh named Dr. Joseph Bell who could diagnose patients on sight and Conan Doyle based Sherlock’s skills of perception on him.
  • Sherlock Holmes was originally going to be named Sherrinford. The name was later altered to Sherlock possibly because of a cricketer of the same name as Sir Arthur was a fan of cricket.
  • The first Sherlock Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet was a flop.
  • Sherlock Holmes according to IMDb is the most filmed fictional character after Dracula, appearing in 226 films.
  • After two years of writing the stories of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur wanted to kill the detective because he was sick of him(detective) and complained it took his mind off from other things.

Dracula (Fictional Character)

Dracula is a fictional character from a classic Gothic novel of the same name. The author of the novel is Bram Stoker and it was published in 1897. The classic novel is derived from vampire legends and is set in Transylvania.

5 Facts about Dracula:

  • It is said that Dracula might have been inspired by a nightmare of vampire that Bram Stoker had.
  • Stoker started writing the novel Dracula after the Jack the Ripper made headlines.
  • There is a theory that the Count Dracula is based on the infamously barbaric Vlad III also known as Vlad the Impaler.
  • The working title of the novel was ‘The Dead Undead’.
  • In Romanian, Dracula translates to dragon and devil.

Thor (Mythological Character)

Thor is an American comic superhero created by Marvel comics writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby. The character is based on the Geramic Norse god of the same name. Thor first appeared in the comic, ‘Journey into Mystery’ no. 83 in August of 1962.

5 Facts about Thor:

  • According to Norse mythology, Thor and other gods of Asgard gained their immortality from eating magical Golden Apples of Idunn.
  • In both Marvel comics and Norse mythology Thor’s affection for Earth stems from his mother’s influence.
  • There is a chemical element named ‘thorium’ named after Thor.
  • According to mythology, Thor’s hammer can’t help him fly.
  • It is said that Thor had red beard.

Medusa (Mythological Character)

Medusa is one of the most famous monster figures known as Gorgons from Greek mythology. She is represented as a winged female creature having a head of snakes. Medusa was sometimes represented as very beautiful. She was the only Gorgon who was mortal and therefore she was killed by Perseus who cut off her head.

5 Facts about Medusa:

  • Medusa was originally a beautiful woman with long golden hair. She was punished by the Gods for falling in love with Poseidon.
  • If anyone looked directly at Medusa would he or she would be instantly turned to stone. She was killed by Perseus who saw her reflection in a mirror, to avoid looking at her.
  • It is said that when Medusa was killed by Perseus and he cut her head off, from her neck emerged a winged horse, Pegasus, which is one of the most well known mythological creatures.
  • The head of Medusa was often seen to be a protective symbol. She can be seen on Roman mosaics excavated in Pompeii, and during the French Revolution she was seen as a symbol of freedom.
  • Medusa has been depicted in paintings by many well-known artists, including Pablo Picasso, Rubens and Caravaggio.

King Arthur (Fictional Character)

King Arthur, also known as Arthur Pendragon, is a legendary British king who appears in many of the medieval romances as the sovereign of a knightly fellowship of the Round Table. He was a British leader from the late 5th and early 6th centuries. He is known as the ruler of Camelot, who has become legendary due to the folklore surrounding his history. It is uncertain how these legends originated or whether the figure of Arthur was based on a historical person. It is possible that it originated either in Wales or in different parts of northern Britain.

5 Facts about King Arthur

  • Some scholars believe that King Arthur’s name is derived from a Roman name Astorius, while some believe it is Celtic in origin and is derived from the word Art-rig meaning Bear King.
  • King Arthur’s sword was named Excalibur.
  • King Arthur’s nickname was The One, True King of the Britons.
  • The legend of King Arthur has many variations. His beginnings are similar to most of the stories, stating that he was born out of wedlock to the King of Britain, and was only able to succeed the throne by proving himself with an unusual portrayal of strength by pulling a sword from a stone.
  • The kingdom that King Arthur ruled was called Camelot. The legend of Camelot was introduced at the end of the 1100s, when a poet DeTroyes added Camelot to the legend.

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