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Neck

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"Neck"
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Details
Type(s)
Shapeshifting
Source
Germanic mythology
Scale
medium
Other names
Nix, Nyx, Nicor, Nixie, Nokken, Nøkke, Bækhest
Similar creature(s)
Siren, Kelpie


The neck is a shapeshifting creature that lives in rivers and lakes. They may take form of any fourlegged creature, although some forms are easier for them than others. They typically choose a human form, or that of a small horse with a long neck. They will, in most stories, atempt to lure people away from home with their song or music. If a person grabs onto the creature or tries to ride it's horse form, they will be bound to it, and the neck, can then proceed to throw itself into the river in order to drown the unfortunate soul. They are however not always malevolent.

Source[edit | edit source]

While similar creatures have origins predating the neck, the earliest mention of necks, go back to the german epic poem Nibelungenlied.

Media[edit | edit source]

Necks appear in the following media:

Folklore[edit | edit source]

Games[edit | edit source]

  • Gems of War