Lasirn is a legendary half-woman, the half-fish creature of medieval and Scandinavian folklore. Creatures such as Lasirn are first mentioned in chapter 19 of Enoch's scripture. The open rebellion of the fallen angel against God is told. After this rebellion, mermaids get along with girls born in the world. The mermaid of Northern European folklore discussed in this article is half woman half bird mermaid in Greek mythology. Even though these two female sea creatures have common sailor magic, they should not be confused. Lasirn is by no means a sea god.
Mermaid in Scandinavian Culture
For the Scandinavians, the mermaid is a terrible beast named Margygr (sea giant ". The Norwegian work Konungs skuggsjá makes her look like a woman with a hand above her waist because this beast has big nipples on her chest like a woman. She had long arms and big hands. She had long hair." These sea monsters have a terrible face, a pointed forehead, wide eyes, a largemouth, and wrinkled cheeks.
In the 7th century, the English monk Aldhelm de Sherborne described her maidens as virgins with a fishtail covered in scales. At that time, the German naturalist Johannes de Cuba made them live in the deep spaces of the sea. "They are usually found in seas and sometimes in rivers," said Flemish writer Jacob Van Maerlant. Lasirn was one of those mermaids described.
Mermaids and Lasirn in History
You should remember that the Scandinavians call the fishtail the creature that English speakers call siren and mermaid. Famous travelers said they met sirens (Lasirn is also one of the great sirens): Christopher Columbus saw three on the Santo Domingo beach in 1493 but said they were not as beautiful as described. It was not shared by the sailors of an American ship in the 1850s, near the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) observing "a great beautiful mermaid who by no means surrendered to the most beautiful women." These mermaids were thought to be marine mammals such as manatees and dugongs that live in the shallow waters of archipelago, lagoons, and estuaries.
In 1403, a Lasirn specimen was captured by two young girls near Edam in the Netherlands. This example was a woman who was nicknamed "Edam's mermaid", who was naked in the water and had no known language. He lived with humans for a few years and then disappeared.