Hellhounds are popular mythical creatures that often appear in horror stories and movies. But what are they, exactly? Where do they come from? What do they do? In this post, we’ll explore the origins of hellhounds and what they represent.
What are Hellhounds?
Hellhounds are thought to be the servants of Hades in Greek mythology or Satan and his minions. These creatures are believed to be the guardians of Hell. They protect those within it and patrol the portal that is supposed to lead directly into it. The hellhound is also seen as an entity with a single task. To hunt down those damned souls who have escaped from Hell. Upon their escape, these souls cannot return to Hell until they are captured by a hellhound and dragged back by force. This is why they have been depicted as demonic creatures with flaming eyes, which can be seen patrolling both sides of Hell.
The most common belief that has been brought forth is that the hellhounds were created by either Hades or Satan himself. This is because they are depicted as capable of creating such creatures in several instances.
Amongst most western cultures, Hellhounds are considered dangerous and intimidating creatures with supernatural origins. This is mainly because many legends claim that these monsters make certain regions within Hell uninhabitable for living beings.
What Are the Different Ways Hellhounds Look Like?
There are many different descriptions of Hellhounds that have been passed down through the ages. However, some features are prevalent in most of them. These features include three heads, supernatural body armor, and the ability to breathe fire. In terms of appearance, these creatures are usually described as having one head that may or may not resemble a dog or wolf, while two others grow from their back where the tail should be. The coloration for these creatures ranges from a deep red or black with a furred body type entirely covered in scales.
Another prevalent description of a hellhound resembles a large black dog with flaming eyes and sharp teeth. This description seems familiar in most of the stories associated with these creatures. The only variations in these stories lie within the description of the head or heads on the creature’s body. These can range from an animal’s head to a human head. They also sometimes have scales or a reptilian appearance rather than resembling an ordinary dog or wolf.
How Do Hellhounds Behave, and What Do They Feed On?
One of the hellhounds’ most interesting characteristics is their loyalty toward whoever manages to capture one. In this regard, it is said that for a hellhound to be caught or tamed, it must first develop a relationship with that person/beast. Eventually, this establishes trust between the two.
Hellhounds feed on enslaved people, and they get them by taunting their prey with things about themselves that they wish weren’t true – or that they would rather die than ever have to deal with again. They like to play with their prey and often enjoy toying with them for weeks, months, years – even lifetimes.
Because of their ability to manipulate the emotions that make up our personalities, the Hellhounds can systematically strip away an individual’s will to resist until all that remains is a shell of someone they once knew. These people then become harmless and enslaved and a meal for the hellhound.
How Can You Protect Yourself from A Hellhound?
One way to prevent yourself from being attacked by a hellhound is to assume the shape of a large dog. This is because most of these creatures are said to be terrified of dogs and will not attack them. As for getting rid of these creatures, there are rare occasions when one may be able to sway or freeze them in time if they have at least one human alive with them.
A hellhound is a creature that should not be underestimated. They are intelligent and strong, and their ability to cause death in a very conniving way can be frightening. This is why it would be best for anyone who knows that these creatures exist in the supernatural world to always be on the lookout for them or to avoid them entirely.
This does not mean that one should foolishly follow the instincts or instincts of any other animal due to an overrated claim of danger. Instead, people should only heed warnings from reliable sources who have firsthand knowledge of hellhounds and their behavior towards living beings. This is especially true if such individuals have survived encounters with these creatures.