|Appeared in||Series 2|
Dryad is monster #70 from the Series 2 figures. The figure was available in all four Series 2 neon colours, and had a points value of ten. The figure depicted the Dryad as a monstrous tree, and was also available as a glow-in-the-dark premium.
Dryads are tree nymphs in Greek mythology. In Greek drys signifies 'oak,' from an Indo-European root *derew(o)- 'tree' or 'wood'. Thus dryads are specifically the nymphs of oak trees, though the term has come to be used for all tree nymphs in general. "Such deities are very much overshadowed by the divine figures defined through poetry and cult," Walter Burkert remarked of Greek nature deities. They were normally considered to be very shy creatures, except around the goddess Artemis, who was known to be a friend to most nymphs.
Dryads, like all nymphs, were supernaturally long-lived and tied to their homes, but some were a step beyond most nymphs. These were the hamadryads who were an integral part of their trees, such that if the tree died, the hamadryad associated with it died as well. For these reasons, dryads and the Greek gods punished any mortals who harmed trees without first propitiating the tree-nymphs.
Dryads are mentioned in Milton's Paradise Lost, in Coleridge, and in Thackeray's work The Virginians.. Keats addresses the nightingale as 'light winged Dryad of the trees', in his Ode to a Nightingale. In the poetry of Donald Davidson they illustrate the themes of tradition and the importance of the past to the present. The poet Sylvia Plath uses them to symbolize nature in her poetry in "On the Difficulty of Conjuring up a Dryad", and "On the Plethora of Dryads".
Uniquely, an inflatable toy version of Dryad was released with promotional packs of Spaghettios. The toy was approximately three feet tall, and was coloured orange with black and green details.
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(Translated from the mexican card)
Species: Oak monster
Size: 4.80 meters
Habitat: European forests
This creature is a forest nymph. From afar it looks like a tree, but up close its twisted face, powerful arms and legs, and feet in the shape of roots become apparent. If someone gets close enough, it catches him with its branches and then hangs them.