A to Z Challenge!

Welcome to the A to Z Challenge! Today’s letter is B…

Legendary Creatures

BarbegaziBarbegazi are mythical creatures from Swiss and French mythology. A variety of dwarf or gnome, a barbegazi resembles a small white-furred man with a long beard and enormous feet. They travel in the mountains that are their home by skiing with their massive feet, or using them as snowshoes. In the summer they aestivate in caves and tunnels and do not come out until the first snowfall. The word barbegazi comes from the French barbe-glacée, meaning “frozen beard”. Because of their penchant for high altitudes and low temperatures, they are rarely sighted by humans, but sometimes help shepherds round up lost sheep. Their greatest known excitement is surfing on avalanches with their remarkably large feet, but they are said to give low whistling cries to warn humans of the danger above, sometimes they will give their best effort to dig humans out from the snow.

pic by Diana Hume

About diannehartsock

Author of paranormal/suspense, fantasy/adventure, m/m romance and anything else that comes to mind. Oh, and a floral designer.
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5 Responses to A to Z Challenge!

  1. dmauldin53 says:

    Hi Dianne! I’m glad to meet another blogger that loves fantasy. 🙂

  2. Tia says:

    Very interesting! I know very little about any sort of mythology. There was actually another blog yesterday from the a to z challenge that also discussed mythical characters/creatures!

  3. Susan says:

    flexible and adaptable little things

  4. Tarkabarka says:

    Love the theme, and love the illustrations! 🙂 I can’t get enough of mythical-folklore themes this year. I am doing one myself. Also, great illustrations! Are they made specifically for your blog? I love them!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    Multicolored Diary – Tales of Colors
    MopDog – The crazy thing about Hungarians…

  5. Interesting! Thus far that’s two out of two creatures that I’ve never even heard of before. Keep it up! 🙂

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