10.17 Unicorn

The Unicorn is a Greco-Roman symbol which is representative the upper crest or crown of the Earth. Geographically speaking, this area includes Greenland and parts of northern Canada and Russia which flank it on the right and left side. As a legendary creature, the Unicorn has been described since antiquity as a horse-like beast with a large, pointed, spiraling horn projecting from its forehead. The horn is symbolic of Mt. Olympus or Mt. Zion in Greenland which is the highest point on Earth (i.e., the top of the world). Because the Unicorn is Greco-Roman in origin, it is mentioned by numerous Greco-Roman writers, including but not limited to: Aelian, Ctesias, Pliny the Younger and Strabo. The term Unicorn (N/X+C/K+R+N/X) is also the consonant equivalent of Crown (C/K+R+N/X), minus the letter “N”, an acronym for “North”. Therefore, the “Unicorn” represents the “Uni Crown”, “One Crown” or “Northern Crown” of the Earth. Because the number “one” translates to “ein” in German and “één” in Dutch, the “Unicorn” is respectively known as an Einhorn in Germany and an Eenhoorn in the Netherlands. As evidenced in “The Garden of Earthly Delights” (c. 1490), a painting by Hieronymus Bosch, "The Garden of Eden" (16 Century), a painting by Lucas Cranach der Ältere, and the "The Garden of Eden" (2012), a painting by Adi Holzer, a Greco-Roman Unicorn is always depicted in the Garden of Eden (i.e., Greenland). The famous nursery rhyme entitled the “Lion and the Unicorn” is a about the “Lion” or “Line of Man” (i.e., 13 Bloodlines of Rome) who reside in the “Uni Crown” of the Earth (i.e., Greenland).

Unicorn Worldwide
Aside from the gold Unicorn coin which was used in Scotland between 1484 and 1525, the Greco-Roman Unicorn is found in the coat or arms and flags of at least 10 countries around the world, including but not limited to: Canada: coat of arms of Canada; and the coat of arms of Nova Scotia;  Czech Republic: coat of arms of Líšnice; France: coat of arms of Saint-Lô; Germany: coat of arms of Giengen; and the coat of arms of Schwäbisch Gmünd; Hungary: coat of arms of Eger; coat of arms of the King John Sigismund Zápolya of Hungary (16th Century); and the coat of arms of the Kruedener Family (1882); Lithuania: coat of arms of the President of Lithuania; Netherlands: coat of arms of Hoorn; Scotland: coat of arms of Scotland; coat or arms of the county of Roxburghshire; and the royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom for Scotland; The Greco-Roman Unicorn is also depicted on at least 13 Greco-Roman obelisks in Scotland (i.e., Mercat Crosses), including but not limited to: Aberdeen Market Cross (Aberdeen); Mercat Cross (Crail); Mercat Cross (Culross); Mercat Cross (Cupar); Mercat Cross (Dundee); Mercat Cross (Dunfermline); Mercat Cross (Inverkeithing); Mercat Cross (Melrose); Mercat Cross (North Berwick); Mercat Cross (Stirling); Original shaft of the Dunfermline (Fife); and the Unicorn on the Preston Cross (Prestonpans); Switzerland: coat of arms of Ramosch; United Kingdom: coat of arms of British Airborne Units; coat of arms of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries; and the royal coat of arm of the United Kingdom.

Unicorns in Popular Culture
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Unicorn is found thought popular culture, including but not limited to: Books:Into the Land of the Unicorns (1994), a novel by Bruce Coville; “Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn” (2006), a Japanese novel by Harutoshi Fukui; "The Fire Ascending” (2012), a novel from the series The Last Dragon Chronicles by Chris d'Lacey which features an unnamed unicorn; “The Last Battle” (1956), a book by C. S. Lewis which describes Jewel, a noble unicorn who is King Tirian's best friend; “The Last Unicorn” (1968), a novel by Peter S. Beagle; “The Unicorn” (1963), a novel by Iris Murdoch; and “The Unicorn Chronicles” (1994-2010), a series of novels by Bruce Coville; Cartoons:Charlie the Unicorn” (2005), a flash animated short film and viral video; “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” (2011), an anime featuring a unicorn alongside a mermaid; “Sugar Sugar Rune” (2005), an anime which features a unicorn transformed into a boy; “The Twelve Kingdoms” (2002), an anime which features "Qilin", the Japanese term for unicorns; “Tokimeki Tonight” (1982), an anime which features a unicorn pulling a carriage that the star family takes to the underworld; and Unico” (1976), an anime featuring a baby unicorn from Osamu Tezuka; Comics:Jack Frost (manhwa)” (2009), a comic/cartoon featuring a very ugly unicorn; Unicorn, a Marvel Comics supervillain and enemy of Iron Man; and “Unicorn”, a ship in the "The Adventures of Tintin" comics; Computing: Unicorn, a web server written in the Ruby programming language, of which Gunicorn is a port; Currency: Unicorn and half-unicorn Scottish gold coins; Films:  Blade Runner” (1992), a film in which the director has a dream of a unicorn; “Forbidden Planet” (1956), a film which makes reference to a virgin's ability to tame unicorns; “Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone” (2001), a film in which Lord Voldemort and Professor Quirrell are shown to be feeding off the blood of a dead unicorn; “Legend” (1985), a film featuring a unicorn's horn being cut off by the villain; “Noah's Ark” (2007), a film featuring an unnamed unicorn; “Stardust” (2007), a film featuring a unicorn who came to help out Yvaine the fallen star; “The Cabin in the Woods” (2012), a horror film which features a unicorn killing a man by stabbing him through the chest; “The Care Bears Adventure in Wonderland” (1987), a film in which saving a unicorn is part of Alice's princess test; “The Chronicles of Narnia” (2005), a film series depicting the main character Peter riding a unicorn into battle; “The Last Unicorn” (1982), a film based on the 1968 novel; and “Toy Story 3” (2010), a film which features a unicorn named Buttercup; Games: Unicorn, a creature in the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game; and Unicorn, a type of fairy chess piece; Military: HMCS Unicorn, a Canadian Forces Naval Reserve division in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; “HMS Unicorn” (c. 1550), a 36-gun ship; “HMS Unicorn” (1687), a 56-gun ship; “HMS Unicorn” (c. 1960), an 18-gun fire ship; “HMS Unicorn” (1666), a 6-gun ship; “HMS Unicorn” (1748), a 28-gun sixth rate; “HMS Unicorn” (1776), a 20-gun post ship; “HMS Unicorn” (1782), a 36-gun fifth rate; “HMS Unicorn” (1794), a 32-gun fifth rate; “HMS Unicorn” (1824),  a Leda-class frigate; “HMS Unicorn” (1941), an aircraft maintenance carrier; “HMS Unicorn” (1992), an Upholder-class submarine; Operation Unicorn, French peacekeeping operation in support of the United Nations in Côte d'Ivoire; “USS Unicorn” (1944), a  Balao-class submarine which was canceled; and the “USS Unicorn” (1946), a Tench-class submarine; Unicorn class, land mine-protected wheeled armoured personnel carriers used by the Sri Lankan military; and Unicorn howitzer, an 18th-century Russian artillery piece called a Licorne; Music: Unicorn” (1969), an album by Tyrannosaurus Rex; "Unicorn" (2002), a song by Norwegian electronic rock band Apoptygma Berzerk; “Unicorn” (2008), an album by Ugress; “Unicorn” (2010), an album by by British dance-pop trio Chew Lips; Unicorn-Kanchana, a record label; Unicorn, a Japanese rock band; Unicorn, an English 1970s band produced by David Gilmour; Unicorns (2002), an album by Bill Caddick; Unicorns, Demos, B-Sides, and Rainbows” (2005); an album by Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer; The Unicorn” (1967), an album by The Irish Rovers; “The Unicorn” (1968), a song by Shel Silverstein, made popular by The Irish Rovers; and The Unicorns, a band from Montreal, Canada; Religion: Invisible Pink Unicorn, a goddess popularized on a Usenet group about atheism, and intended to satirize theistic beliefs; Science: Giant unicorn, a nickname for Elasmotherium, an extinct European rhino; Monoceros, the constellation of the Unicorn; and “Unicorn”; a genus of Oonopidae spiders;Sports: Hyundai Unicorns, a defunct South Korean baseball franchise owned by Hyundai Corp; Unicorns cricket team, a team in the English 40-over competition; Unicorn, a large manufacturer of Darts equipment; and the Unicorn mascot of the athletic teams from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics; Television:Dungeons & Dragons” (1983), a television series featuring a unicorn called Uni; “Kleo the Misfit Unicorn” (1996), a television show featuring a wide cast of normal unicorns and a winged unicorn; “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” (2010), a television series which features a variety of unicorn ponies; and Supernatural” (2012), a television series in which the episode "Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie" shows a unicorn chasing down a neglectful father and impaling him on its horn; Transportation: Honda Unicorn, a motorcycle sold by Honda in India; Video Games:The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion” (2006), a video game; and “Zoo Tycoon” (2001), a video game Easter egg unicorn cheats exhibits.

Unicorns in the Holy Bible
Because the Unicorn is Greco-Roman in origin, there are 9 references to "Unicorns” in the Holy Bible, the allegorical and metaphorical history book the Roman Empire. The number “9” is telling for it numerically equates to the letter “Γ” (i.e., the letter “R”) in the Roman Score (i.e., the Roman alphabet), an acronym for Rome. Coincidentally, in the Hebrew Bible, the word “Unicorn” is entitled “Re’em”, an apparent reference to Rome.  

1. Numbers 23:22 "God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn."

2. Numbers 24:8 "God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows."

3. Deuteronomy 33:17 "His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh."

4. Job 39:9 "Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?"

5. Job 39:10 "Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?"

6. Psalm 22:21 "Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns."

7. Psalm 29:6 "He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn."

8. Psalm 92:10 "But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil."

9. Isaiah 34:7 "And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness."