Whether the word 'unicorn' springs to mind an image of sparkly white horned ponies prancing through a field of glitter or the mythological stealthy beast, there's no debating that these creatures have certainly taken the limelight recently. But are unicorns real?
These magical creatures are considered rare, special and unique which we think adds to their charm and popularity but the big question - are unicorns real?
What is a unicorn?
Nowadays we recognise unicorns as horse-shaped animals, with a spiral-shaped horn projecting out of their foreheads. They are most commonly known to be mythical creatures which date back to the ancient Greeks.
Where do unicorns live?
The first stories to mention unicorns date back to around 2700 BC... (that's over 4700 years ago, or 56,400 months!) They would roam around what we now call Asia, although nowadays it's said that unicorns tend to live in forests, and are rarely seen by humans. Although our unicorn backpack will certainly let them know you're on the lookout, and perhaps even up your chances of seeing one!
Do unicorns have wings?
No! ..or at least we don't think so. The word unicorn originates from the Latin for 'one horn', implying that a unicorn has a horn. However, the mythological creature Pegasus is a similar horse shaped animal except with wings instead of a horn. Both creatures come from different legends, but we often mistake them in the present day.
Can unicorns fly?
As unicorns don't have wings, we don't think they can fly. However, the common mix up with Pegasus has led to cross over in the magical powers of unicorns, represented in movies and literature. Unicorns tend to gallop and bounce around, although there has been mention in the modern day of the Pegacorn - a unicorn with wings of a Pegasus... and therefore the ability to fly!
Whether they're real or not, we think these magical creatures are beautiful... and also pretty cool. Sophie loved designing the unicorn collection of homewares and gifts, children's melamine and unicorn bedding accessories. They are increasingly popular with little ones.... (especially the unicorn pillow pet!).
Let us know in the comments below if you have any more unicorn facts or questions. You can browse our sparkly range of magical unicorn homewares and gifts here!