Harpy | functions and abode

Functions and abode

The harpies seem originally to have been wind spirits (personifications of the destructive nature of wind). Their name means "snatchers" or "swift robbers"[10] and they steal food from their victims while they are eating and carry evildoers (especially those who have killed their family) to the Erinyes. When a person suddenly disappeared from the earth, it was said that he had been carried off by the harpies.[11] Thus, they carried off the daughters of king Pandareus and gave them as servants to the Erinyes.[12] In this form they were agents of punishment who abducted people and tortured them on their way to Tartarus. They were vicious, cruel and violent.

The harpies were called "the hounds of mighty Zeus" thus "ministers of the Thunderer (Zeus)".[13] Later writers listed the harpies among the guardians of the underworld among other monstrosities including the Centaurs, Scylla, Briareus, Lernaean Hydra, Chimera, Gorgons and Geryon.[14]

Their abode is either the islands called Strophades,[15] a place at the entrance of Orcus,[16] or a cave in Crete.[17]

Other Languages
azərbaycanca: Harpiyalar
беларуская: Гарпіі
bosanski: Harpija
brezhoneg: Harpiezed
català: Harpia
čeština: Harpyje
dansk: Harpy
Ελληνικά: Άρπυιες
español: Harpías
Esperanto: Harpio
euskara: Harpiak
فارسی: هارپی
français: Harpies
galego: Harpía
한국어: 하르피이아
հայերեն: Հարպիաներ
hrvatski: Harpija
Ido: Harpio
Bahasa Indonesia: Harpi
italiano: Arpia
ქართული: ჰარპიები
Latina: Harpyiae
Lingua Franca Nova: Arpia
magyar: Harpüia
македонски: Харпија
norsk: Harpyier
português: Harpia
română: Harpie
русский: Гарпии
slovenščina: Harpije
српски / srpski: Харпије
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Harpija
suomi: Harpyijat
svenska: Harpyjor
Tagalog: Arpia
Türkçe: Harpia
українська: Гарпії
中文: 哈耳庇厄