To be fair, not all one-eyed creatures are ‘monsters’. Having one eye may be unusual in itself, but if their eyesight on that one eye isn’t even very good, then they already have more than enough problems without having people call them monsters! Getting eyewear for one-eyed creatures is harder than you think! Oh sure, they can get contact lenses (that’s one less pupil to fuss over at least), monocles, or maybe even magnifying glasses with handles. Point is, these guys need eyewear more than we do; it’s the only one they got after all.
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One-eyed creatures mostly exist in mythology and fiction. Below are some beings known for having only one eyeball.
There are different authors from Ancient Greece and Rome who wrote about Cyclopes. Though their accounts have variations, all of them agree that the Cyclopes are a race of one-eyed primordial giants. The best known Cyclops is probably Polyphemus, who was outwitted by Odysseus and his men during their brief detainment at his cave and island (some say it was Sicily).
This guy is an evil figure in Islam and he’s believed to be their version of the Antichrist. According to none other than The Prophet Muhammad, Masih ad-Dajjal will be the last of thirty Dajjals (deceivers or false prophets). He described him as having a huge body, red complexion and curly hair, and blind in one eye. His remaining good eye is on the left and looks like a bulging grape.
Not that guy from Marvel universe, but the Norse god who was Stan Lee’s inspiration for the character. According to myths and sagas of northern Europe, Odin went to Mímir’s Well, where he sacrificed one of his eyes in exchange for a drink from the well to gain the Wisdom of Ages. It was said that as he drank, the god saw every troubles and sorrows that would befall gods and men as well as the reason why. Today, the sacrificed eye lies at the bottom of the well as a sign that the All-father has paid the price of wisdom, or so the legends say.
If you think having only one eye is hard enough, try sharing it with two equally eyeless siblings! Also known as the Grey Sister, these old women will answer any question asked by someone who manages to get a hold on their only means of sightseeing. Perseus sought them out in his quest to kill Medusa, and Percy Jackson and his pals experienced first-hand their driving skills. Oh, their names are Deino, Enyo, and Pemphredo.
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According to Chinese mythology, these birds only have one eye and one wing. To fly, a pair must depend on each other. The Chinese uses these fantastic creatures to symbolize marriage, where a husband and wife must be inseparable and must be able to work together.
Getting eyewear for these guys and their other cousins may be hard, but they have to do to. Who knows, maybe they can put the monocle on top of the fashion list again!