Description: Dullahan’s are headless creatures that carries it head somewhere easily seen on his/her horse or under its right arm. A hideous grin splits the face from ear to ear, a good example of this if you’re having a hard time imaging it is the joker from batman, and the eyes are small and black. The entire head glows with eerie light that the creature uses as a lantern to guide its way along the Irish countryside. This description may be why many headless horsemen and/or Dullahan’s are depicted with jack-o-lanterns for heads. The most common mount for a Dullahan is a black steed. The horse sends out sparks and flames from its nostrils as it charges forth, making its appearance even more terrifying. But In some parts of Ireland the Dullahan drives a black coach which is drawn by six black horses. It’s been said to travels so fast that the friction created by its movement often sets on fire the bushes along the sides of the road. In both in both descriptions the Dullahan is said to use a whip made from human spines
Details: Dullahan’s are massagers of death, wherever they stops, mortals die. The Dullahan is possessed of supernatural sight, he can see for vast distances across the countryside, even on the darkest night. Using this power, he can spy the house of a dying person. Those who watch from their windows to see him pass, either for themselves or their dear ones, are rewarded by having a basin of blood thrown in their faces, or by being struck blind in one eye. It has a limited power of speech and can only call the name of the person whose death about to die. A Dullahan will stop before the door of a house and shout the name of the person about to die, drawing forth the soul it has called for. Don’t think locking you door or gate will help keep it out. Any gates or door will open to let rider through, no matter how firmly they are locked, so no one is truly safe from the attentions of this fairy. But there is a way to repel this creature and that is the use of gold.
Habitat: Anywhere there are people in Ireland, all though a lot of pictures show Dullahan’s in the country side or forest
Fun Fact: the legend of the Dullahan’s was the base for the headless horseman in Washington Irving: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Also Celty Sturluson from the very popular anime Durarara!! is also a Dullahan, it even says so in the show that she’s one.
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A woodland spirit said to be king of the elves, goblins and other fae folk of the forest, and sometimes equated with leaders of the Wild Hunt such as Herne and Woden. Stories were told of him kidnapping small children and stealing them away to the realm of the dead.