About Me

James S. Spaid, creator of The Gryphon Pages.

My name is James Scott Spaid, and when I'm not creating webpages about mythical creatures, I spend my time teaching English, designing games and escape rooms, and enjoying other nerdy pursuits with my wife. We have a menagerie of parrots and a corgi who constantly bring us joy, as well as keep us on our toes.

When asked "why gryphons" my reply is simply, "why not". They are arguably among the most ancient and complex mythical creatures in the history of the world, and I feel that they are also the most misunderstood. In my youth I had heard that Gryphons were evil. I had heard that they were good. To some people only a few hundred years ago gryphons were thought to have been real animals. To some the word "gryphon" was synonymous with "gargoyle". Why? How could a creature be so seemingly straightforward, yet be so amazingly complex? I was fascinated by the duality and mystery of these creatures.

When no one I asked knew the answers I sought, I took it upon myself to find them. It was late '99 that I decided to study hard into Gryphon lore, in order to learn all that I could about this magnificent creature. I found out many things about Gryphons that were unknown to me before, though it was tough. While studying, I discovered a good number of sites online which had bits and pieces of Gryphon information on them, yet found few sites which were devoted ENTIRELY to Gryphons, their lore, and their history. A page that was heralded as "the most informative gryphon page out there" was well intentioned, but had only a smattering of information and has not been updated in more than three years. By researching a few choice books I soon noticed that I had accumulated information on Gryphons that wasn't even on the Internet. But by finding those few sporadic web pages on Gryphons, I knew that I wasn't the only one out there who was more than curious about this creature. That was when I decided to put all of this self-imposed studying to good use. I just hope you like the results.

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