Mae Clair’s Mythical Monday: The Benevolent Giant of Loch Ness

The water is dark, murky and cold,
layered with shadow along the shore,
ancient cradle to a primordial beast,
past, present, forevermore.

Do you have certain myths that resonate with you? Ones that you hope will never be disproven? The Loch Ness Monster is my magical myth. I’ve been enamored of Nessie since childhood, hoping she lives somewhere in that deep, cold lake in the Scottish Highlands.

I think it’s only natural we crave definitive proof fantastical elements exist. Admittedly, there is a part of me that would do a giddy lake-monster jig if Nessie were ‘found.’ But the greater part would be saddened by the loss of mystery and the fiasco that would certainly ensue. Can you imagine the media circus? The scientific knowledge we’d gain would be phenomenal (yes, I’m a geek), but I’d lament the loss of whimsy. In the long run that’s far more important. And I would never want any creature as ancient and celebrated as Loch Ness’s ‘monster’ subjected to captivity or even examination.

So why do reputable scientists spend time searching for a legendary creature that has been duped a hoax and wishful thinking?

Because an element of doubt exists. The seductive “what if” whisper of possibility that reminds us we don’t know everything. That, yes, magic could exist in the form of a lake monster.

And, because, (drum roll please) there is credible proof she might exist. Nessie falls into the category of cryptozoology, the study of hidden or living creatures that could/maybe/possibly exist. Given sightings, sonar readings, and photographs (yes, some proven hoaxes) there is plenty of wiggle room for speculation. Doubt can be a strong motivator.

I think the reason I’m most attracted to Nessie is because I see her as a benevolent giant. I couldn’t say the same about the Abominable Snowman or Sasquatch, but I see Nessie as being happy in her lake home, contentedly diving beneath the frigid grape-purple waters.  Did you know Loch Ness is 750 feet deep at its bottommost point and contains more water than all the lakes in Scotland, England and Wales combined? If I were a lake monster looking for a nice secluded home, Loch Ness would definitely be a place I’d consider hanging my shingle.

The legend of Loch Ness dates back to 565 A.D. when St. Columba tried to banish her. Her existence has not been proven despite repeated efforts and scientific expeditions. Just last month, Nessie made the news again when Scottish sailor George Edwards snapped a new photograph he claimed was the legendary monster. Debate continues to rage with others claiming the new image may be a submerged log or tree trunk brought to the surface by buoyant gases.

Personally, I think Nessie is camera shy, but enjoys playing with the strange humans who repeatedly intrude on her watery domain.

What’s your opinion? Do you have a ‘special’ myth that you hope will never be disproven or, perhaps, one that you’d like to see make headlines as being real? For me, it’s the benevolent lake giant of Loch Ness. For you, it might be something entirely different. On this Mythical Monday, pull up a computer screen or smartphone and do some musing. After countless centuries of speculation, the Loch Ness monster has plenty of time to spare.

21 thoughts on “Mae Clair’s Mythical Monday: The Benevolent Giant of Loch Ness

  1. Awww! I found your treatment of Nessie to be very sweet! I have never taken much time to give mythological creatures a whole lot of thought, but now you have me reconsidering. I will say, I never thought of Nessie as a “monster” either. I guess if we’re considering mythological creatures I’d have to say mer-people. I have always thought they were somehow tied to the lost city of Atlantis. It may also be why I’m so hooked on Lynsay Sands’ vampire series. They, too, are tied to Atlantis. 🙂 I love how your blog always gets me dreaming about the fantastic…. (Also love me some Greek gods and goddesses)

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    • I’ll definitely have to give mer folk the MM treatment down the line and maybe some of those Greek guys and gals too, LOL. Weird, when it comes to mythology, I’ve always been more partial to Nordic and Celtic than Greek or Roman for some reason but I love exploring it all. And Atlantis? Oh, yeah, Mythical Monday blog for sure. I’m an Atlantis girl 🙂

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      • I have a soft spot for Celtic and Norse gods, too…but I always felt like Roman mythology did nothing but steal the Greek gods and rename them. Eros=Cupid (Eros just sounds cooler), Aphrodite=Venus, Ares=Mars…and the list goes on…LOL! Yeah, I’m not just a little biased. 😉

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  2. For me it has been Mermaids. And when I saw Calypso and Davy Jones and the Flying Dutchmen in the Disney “Pirates” I thought she would be very interesting to put in one of my stories. By the way, I did not like the Mermaids as portrayed in Pirates 4! 🙂 Diane

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    • Would you believe I never saw the last Pirates movie? And me a Depp fan. Shameful, I know. I love the Flying Dutchman and want to do an MM post on her (I actually have several nautical MM posts planned but I thought I’d wait until Twelfth Sun gets picked up *crossing fingers* since it relates to a nautical artifact and I address a few sailor superstitions in it.

      Nice to see you here! I owe you an email. Last week was a bad one! :).

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  3. Wow! I did not know Loch Ness was that deep! That’s amazing! I’ll admit, even though I love to fish I’m horrified of any water that is not clear and vacuumed regularly 😉 I think I’ve seen Jaws way too many times. I wouldn’t mind hearing Nessie is real since I wouldn’t be swimming around in them waters anyway 🙂 Although, it may keep me from ever fishing in those waters too and that would be a shame.

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    • Water that you can’t see to the bottom of is just creepy, especially when you think about all the strange beasties that might be swimming down around there. My husband and I watch Jaws once every summer and it still terrifies me. I’d take a boat ride on Loch Ness, but that’s about it!

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    • I love the look of a fog rolling off the water or a moor. Very atompsheric and it kicks my muse into gear imagining all kinds of beings within. I have, however, been caught on the water more than once in a boat during a thick fog and that is definitely creepy. It’s so easy to become disoriented and lose your sense of direction.

      I love the idea of fog blanketing the soul, Sheri. So lyrical and poetic!

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  4. It’s so cliche, but I love the myth of vampires. I blame Joss Whedon. I secretly hope there are actual sexy, demon-possessed vampires out there who might not have souls but are curious enough about human nature to pretend they can love when just the right girl comes around.

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      • I haven’t been able to find a vampire I can really latch onto yet despite all the vamps out there. The closest I’ve come is a character named Gerald Tarrant in the Coldfire Triloy by C. S. Friedman. Sexy, flawed and tortured. Although he lived off the essence of fear in others and only drank blood when he couldn’t absorb fear. Amazing character. I really need to read those books again.

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      • Ooh…good Vamps to follow? There are a few that have intrigued me. Have you read N. J. Walter’s series that starts with “Alexandra’s Legacy”? The vamp in that has me very intrigued. Can’t wait till he gets his own story. He’s been very important to the series, but as a side character. The other vamp that I find very sexy is in the Riley Jensen series by Keri Arthur. And then when it comes to general supernatural characters…I love the group that Kresley Cole came up with in her Immortals After Dark series. The vamps are cool, the wolves are hot, and the demons are sexy as sin…;-) Of course I’m now dying to be a valkyrie…powered by lightening…LOL! See? Look what you started…. Now I’ll never shut up!

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  5. I have always been drawn to the mythical world! I am always intrigued with the “what if?….Like you stated in your blog would I rather be proven right or have the mystery continue. I am on the fence for both sides of the argument. While I would love to see the validation, there is that part where I don’t want it proven because there would be no more mystery. Mystery feeds the imagination. Living in a world that is finite can be completely boring. Having something to debate, write, and dream about gives us all some hope. I have always loved the Celtic lore, (since I have a lot of Scottish blood in me.) I guess that is why I love to draw because it releases that rebel that the world is not so cut and dry. Great post!

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    • Thanks so much! I agree that mystery feeds imagination. It’s like opening a door to multiple possibilities. How very cool that you have Scottish blood. So much folklore there and Scotland makes a great setting for a moody, romantic novel.

      I also agree that art, like writing, comes from our inner muse and captures moments that might otherwise be lost.

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  6. Hey gals, I forgot to mention that I have Moonlight on DVD but haven’t had a change to check it out yet. And I’m going to have to look into all those other intriguing vamps you mentioned! 🙂

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