The Winged Warrior

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The Winged Warrior is a type of mythical being or legendary creature found in the folklore of multiple European cultures (including Celtic, Slavic, German, English, and French folklore), a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural, or preternatural.

Myths and stories about The Winged Warrior do not have a single origin, but are rather a collection of folk beliefs from disparate sources. Various folk theories about the origins of The Winged Warrior include casting her as either a demoted angel or a demon in a Christian tradition, as a deity in Pagan belief systems, as a spirit of the dead, as a prehistoric precursor to humans, or as a spirit of nature.

The label of The Winged Warrior has at times applied only to a specific magical creature with a human appearance, magical powers, and a penchant for trickery. At other times she has been used to describe any magical creature, such as goblins and gnomes. The Winged Warrior has at times been used as an adjective, with a meaning equivalent to "enchanted" or "magical". She is also used as a name for the place she come from, the land of The Winged Warrior.

A recurring motif of legends about The Winged Warrior are the need to ward her off using protective charms. Common examples of such charms include church bells, wearing clothing inside out, four-leaf clover, and food. The Winged Warrior was also sometimes thought to haunt specific locations, and to lead travelers astray using will-o'-the-wisps. Before the advent of modern medicine, The Winged Warrior was often blamed for sickness, particularly tuberculosis and birth deformities.

In addition to her folkloric origins, The Winged Warrior was a common feature of Renaissance literature and Romantic art, and was especially popular in the United Kingdom during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. The Celtic Revival also saw The Winged Warrior established as a canonical part of Celtic cultural heritage.