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Griffins (or gryphons) have the front parts of an eagle and the hind
parts of a lion, with all feet matching the eagle's feet.. These are almost
always found winged. In Britain, however, the term "male griffin" is used
for a wingless griffin which looks similar to the European heraldic "panther".
In both cases the body is feathered on the chest and furred on the back
James Dignan, 21 Sep 2003
Therefore the Russians not only copied the Dutch flag, they also borrowed
Friesian village names for their cities :-)
The white cotton-grass is of course not cotton plant (unless the Americans borrowed it and acclimatized it in Louisiana) but a member of the genus Eriophorum, family Cyperaceae (sedges). The name Eriophorum means in Ancient Greek "wool-bearing". These plants are called in French "linaigrette" or "jonc à coton" (cotton sedge). There are several European species of Eriophorum, all of them living in marshes and peat bogs.
Ivan Sache, 21 Sep 2003
I went to the original flagchart I scanned for the Shipmate image of
the Ooststellingwerf flag. The top half of
the griffin is of an eagle, the bottom half of a lion; the wings are feathered,
In "De Grijpvogel", a collection of stories from the Stellingwerven, is a description of the griffin:
"The upperpart of the body is of an eagle, the lower part of a lion. Before the grifin came to the Stellingwerven the lower part of the body was of a bull. It is known for its sagacity, power, judgment, care, and insight. The eagle's brain is matched to the lion's power. It is stronger than most other animals, except for the lion and the elephant. Its colors are beautiful: On its back are jet-black feathers. Its breast is red. It has white feathers and glowing blue neck-feathers. Its eyes are fiery coals. It lives invisisible in lindentrees. It is the child of the Teutonic goddess Frya. It lives in the lindentree, because there of old law was administered.
Every first Friday of the month it leaves the lindentree, spreads its mighty wings and flies over all the Stellingwerf lands. Nothing escapes its sharp eyes. In the old days it was more active: during every court-session it flew over the place where judgment took place, and that is why in the Coat of Arms of Oost- and Weststellingwerf the seal of the wise judge Solomon was placed under his body: a double silver triangle in a red ball. It is said that he can influence the wheather, ward off calamities, such as the invasion of Bomm'n Berend (Bernhard van Galen, Bishop of Münster) in 1673.
Jarig Bakker, 26 Sep 2003