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Fri, 14 May 2010
"Hey guess what ?" I have just found some real moving UNICORNS...!! Come inside Dreamland and see them all."
 Unicorn Tales with a Difference

I don't think many of you would have seen a real Unicorn apart from in stories and songs but what about Unicorn Sheep! It was said that once there was a breed of sheep that lived in Nepal, and although two horns grew on it's head, they grew in such a way that they formed just one single curved  horn.
Sadly no one has ever seen one of these sheep, though they were mentioned in Arthur Mee's 1931 Children's Cyclopedia Vol 2 - page 1285. He also writes that; so long did this horn sometimes grow, that the end of it had to be cut off to prevent it stabbing into the poor sheep's back.

  Another story tells that the ancient Greek author, Ctesias, wrote in his writings of a white beast resembling a horse, exceedingly swift, and with one straight horn a cubit and a half long. It was called the Unicorn, and was supposed to live in India , while it is mentioned several times in the Bible. Though extremely like a horse , the rhinoceros is believed to have been responsible for the legend.  However the Unicorn, for some unknown reason, was adopted as a badge by the Scottish Kings, and, when England and Scotland were united under James I, it was added to the arms of the United Kingdom. It was regarded generally as a symbol of purity , but when used in the decoration of drinking cups it is a sign of the ancient belief of the efficacy of the unicorn's horn against poisoning. 

The Lion and the Unicorn Rhyme
Nursery Rhyme & History
Origins of "The Lion and the Unicorn" in British history

The Lion and the Unicorn lyrics date from 1603 when King James VI of Scotland became James I of England unifying the Scottish and English kingdoms . The 'Virgin Queen' Elizabeth 1 named the son of Mary Queen of Scots, James, as her heir. The union of the two countries required a new royal coat of arms combining those of England which featured two lions, and Scotland  whose coat of arms featured two Unicorns hence "The lion and the unicorn". A compromise was made thus the British coat of arms has one Lion and one Unicorn and the poem about hence "The Lion and the Unicorn" was created.

The picture depicts the Lion ( with the crown) and the Unicorn Coat of Arms. The centre of the Arms depicts the lions of England in the first and fourth quarters, the lion of Scotland in the second and the Harp of Ireland in the third quarter.

The motto around the centre means:
" Evil to him who evil thinks" which relates to the Order of the Garter.
The motto at the bottom means:
" God and my Right "


The lion and the unicorn were fighting for the crown
The lion beat the unicorn all around the town.
Some gave them white bread, and some gave them brown;
Some gave them plum cake and drummed them out of town.


Posted 15:53

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