One of the most instantly recognizable mythical creatures, the stately unicorn symbolizes virtue and strength. Although the beautiful creature has no myths of its own, it has appeared in artwork dating back centuries, to times when it was assumed to be real.
A horse-like creature with a single horn protruding from itshead can be found in the artwork of cultures as widespread as Japanand England, Mexico and India. In ancient times, and even inmedieval times, the creature was believed to truly exist, so itdidn't figure in mythological stories. Of course, it always existedsomewhere else, but that didn't stop believers from desiring to owna unicorn horn, reputed to have medicinal powers.
The bright white horse galloped as fast as its legs could carryit, away from the only home it knew. A bright full moon filled thesky, but the horse soon entered an old forest, impenetrable bylight. The horse thrashed and stumbled, but soon found itself in aclearing at the forest center. Drooping its head to rest and drinkfrom a stream, the horse was surprised by a voice. "What have wehere? A runaway?" It was a wizard, one of those elusive forestdwellers the horse had only heard stories about. "You've sufferedgreatly, I can see," said the kindly wizard. Perhaps a bit of magicwould give you a new future." The horse suddenly felt an itch inthe center of its head. It dipped its head again toward the waterand was startled when the moon suddenly revealed its reflection inthe placid stream. A long, swirling horn had appeared! The wizardpatted the surprised horse on its back. "What shall we call you?The very first of a new breed. How about a unicorn?"