CAN UNICORNS FLY – Well, keep reading to find out

Wondering if unicorns can really fly? Well, keep reading to find out.

Unicorns are strikingly beautiful creatures usually associated with purity. Over the years, a number of other characteristics have been attributed to these magical creatures, the most recent being their ability to fly. However, not all people agree with this fact prompting serious debates whether they can fly or not.

You see, in the past, it wasn’t believed that unicorns could fly; if not walking, they sometimes could jump or bounce, but that’s it. So when exactly did they start flying? Let’s dig into history to find out the source of this confusion.

Where did Unicorns come from?

If you want a more in dpeth history of unicorns check out our article “Are Unicorns Rea” in the meantime here is a breif little rundown.

The idea that unicorns exist was first established around 5th AD (about 15 decades ago). A Greek historian, Ctesias wrote about a unicorn describing it as a beast with an enviable multi-colored horn, blue eyes, and a white body.

Generally, during the early civilization, unicorns were also depicted in seals and by other authors who reflected similar characteristics in their writings. The idea took a firm hold and people became interested in finding more about this intriguing creature. Originally, unicorns didn’t look anything like what we have now. Some cultures thought unicorns to be a white goat with a single horn protruding from the head while others concluded it looked more like a rhinoceros.

They were said to be pure and symbolized peace and prosperity. Due to this quality, it was believed that only a girl or lady who was a virgin could capture them. Unicorns were also said to walk gracefully and elegantly, the exact qualities of a real lady were expected to possess.

It was believed that if you managed to steal their horns, you could not only use it to heal diseases but also fly. A unicorn horn at the time could be bought for about $ 20,000 (value converted to modern-day currency)

The Bible makes nine references about unicorns in its texts. But, you can only find them in the authorized King James Version of the Bible, since other versions have replaced the word unicorn with other names mainly attributed to translation errors. The Bible was originally in Hebrew and has since been translated to so many other languages, in the process, accurate translation has been a major challenge.

Curious to see the exact verses that mention unicorns?

Check out the following: Numbers 23:22 and 24:8, Deuteronomy 33:17, Psalms 29:6, Psalms 92:10, Psalms 22: 21 and Job 39:10.

As years went by, artists came up with drawings portraying unicorns as beautiful horses with single horns protruding out of their heads. The theory that they could fly was not considered until the 1970s when drawings and posters of winged unicorns came up. The illustrations were visual and did not include any wording; hence the involved artists did not explain what kind of creatures these were. People ended up concluding they were unicorns due to similar features; and just like that, with no proof to support the theory, other artists ran with the idea and it has stuck ever since. Critics say the concerned artists could have mistaken the unicorn for almost similar creatures; The Pegasus and Alicorn.

The Pegasus

Looking at these creatures, one gets to understand the mix-up; they almost look similar except that a Pegasus adorns a pair of wings while unicorns have a singular horn.

Can Unicrons Fly Like The Pegasus

To shed light on the matter, let’s analyze the Pegasus. In ancient Greek literature, the might and strength of the Pegasus were constantly recognized through poetry and songs. It is said to have been ridden by iconic people during famous wars including Hercules and Bellerophon. The creature is associated with the Greek gods Athena, Zeus, Apollo, Poseidon, and Perseus. As you can see, these two creatures are very much different as one is associated with beauty and the other power.

The Alicorn

Can Unicorns Fly Like The Alicorn

It is also commonly referred to as a Pegacorn. The creature is a fictional horse that combines the features that differentiate a Pegasus and

unicorn – horn and wings. Nevertheless, it is worthy to note in the past the name ‘Alicorn’ referred to totally a different animal. During the 16th century if someone mentioned an Alicorn the picture of a bull with wavy horns immediately came to mind. Since the name was not that common, it took a back seat until in the 1930s when a scholar by the name Odell Shepard mentioned it in his book ‘The Lore of the Unicorn’ using it to refer to a Unicorn’s horn. Renowned novelist, Piers Anthony, also used it in his novel Bearing an Hourglass but this time to refer to a unicorn with wings. Since then the word Alicorn has been used more prominently.




Modern Day Unicorns

To further spur the confusion artists do not seem to have a clear stand whether unicorns possess wings or not. This is evident from modern-day productions where some feature unicorns with horns and others do not. Common examples include:

i. The Robot Unicorn Attack Game- It is an interesting fantasy game that uses a robot unicorn to chase down birds. Surprisingly, the unicorn does not have any wings but works perfectly fine in accomplishing its mission.

ii. My Little Pony — Its characters mostly feature creatures which the manufacturers refer to as unicorns. Some have wings while others do not, yet all of them get to fly.

iii. Meme Universe- A majority of its unicorns can only walk while a few get the privilege to be able to jump around or bounce. None of them can fly.


So, do Unicorns Posses Wings or Not?

They do not. Looking at history, it seems like the idea of a winged unicorn was based purely from the imagination and fantasy of modern storytellers rather than real facts. Only Pegasus and alicorns possess wings.

Can Unicorns Fly Or Not

If still not convinced, why not go hunting for a real unicorn and see things for yourself. You can visit the Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The university permits people interested in unicorns to hunt them down. Do not forget to take with you a pair of pinking shears and flask of cognac.

If you enjoyed the article we think you might like some of our other articles on other unicorn historical facts such as WHY UNICORNS ARE CALLED UNICORNS and WHAT DO UNICORNS SYMBOLIZE.

39 thoughts on “CAN UNICORNS FLY – Well, keep reading to find out”

  1. ChrissieDM says:

    Interesting history lesson – I didn’t know the answer so I decided to read your post nor did I know what an Alicorn was until now !

    1. Cheyenne C. says:

      Honestly we had no idea either until we really started digging and just found the history fascinating. Thank you so much for coming to our site.

  2. Kelli Heitstuman-Tomko says:

    A pair of pinking shears and a flask of cognac? I’ve never heard of these when hunting unicorns, but I’ll confess I’ve never hunted a unicorn. What are the shears and cognac for?

    1. Cheyenne C. says:

      Haha Kelli its just meant as a joke. Thank you so much for stopping bu our site though we so appreciate you taking the time to drop a comment.

  3. Timotheus says:

    Wow! I only knew about the unicorn and Pegasus. Never knew there is the Alicorn or Pegacorn. Totally fascinating post. Love the historical facts.

    My 6 year old niece loves unicorns. Now, I want the unicorn horn! Only because it can do miracle healing. That will be so wonderful to have and help many people.

    1. Cheyenne C. says:

      Oh yes wouldn’t it be awesome to have a unicorn horn to heal anything. Glad you were able to learn something new and thanks for coming by our site.

  4. David says:

    Interesting! Never even thought about the origins of a unicorn, for whatever reason I always assumed it was just some fictional animal that never existed. But after reading your article I see there is much more history to this beautiful creature. Not only that but you also debunked my idea of it being able to fly and also introduced some other interesting creatures that I did not know of like the Alicorn.

    Overall, great job, thanks for sharing!



    1. Cheyenne C. says:

      Thanks David so glad you were able to read our article and learn so new info on unicorns. We had never heard of an alicorn either until we started researching this article.

  5. Ray says:

    I love the layout and really admire your use of the bible verses. The colors really pop and the website arrangement is very professional looking. So keep up the great work. I am sure you will get a lot of hits by younger girls on your website who will hopefully engage with their parents.

    1. Cheyenne C. says:

      Thanks Ray and while that is definitely our biggest demographic , unicorn lovers come in all ages, genders and colors.

  6. Vanna Denham says:

    This was a real interesting and lighthearted read.  I love whimsical things and unicorns fall in that category for me.  Also I tend to like supernatural  things when the power is used in a good way.

    I hadn’t heard of alicorns until this article, but I’ve always been intrigued by unicorns since I discovered there was reference to them in the Bible.  I would love to have a unicorn horn to enhance storytelling.

    Thanks for the post and happy holidays! 

    1. Cheyenne C. says:

      Yes had never heard of the alicorn either until we started researching this article. Completely agree about supernatural power being used in a positive way also. Thank you for stopping by and Happy Holidays to you as well.

  7. Cathy says:

    I am a big believer in fantasy and so happened, unicorn is one of them. My Little Pony (1980’s) was a cartoon series that I grew up with and still remember their theme song until today. Recently, my son asked me where unicorn came from and while I don’t know the logical answer to that, I still want to provide some fun facts for him. Glad to come across your little explanation. That will save my day for story telling tonight. 

    1. Cheyenne C. says:

      Hahe awesome Cathy, glad we could be of assistance when it comes to story time tonight. Take care and thank you for coming by our site!!!

  8. Chris says:

    Lovely article on a wonderfully fascinating subject – I suppose unicorns could be included within the cryptozoology files!

    I’m really surprised to find out that there are biblical references to this creature, I’m wondering if it was a creature to be afraid of in religious texts, or a creature that was deemed helpful to humans?

    1. Cheyenne C. says:

      Hello Chris, yes we were surprised also to find them mentioned in the bible. Im not sure about how they were to be interpreted either to be afraid of or deemed helpful. I ll have to dig a little deeper into that.

  9. AV 2001 says:

    Hey Cheyenne,

    I’ve really enjoyed reading this article on “CAN UNICORNS FLY” as its fun and interesting. I’ve been watching unicorns fly in most of the animated movies and I think some of them in the Harry Potter Series as well. I really love these marvelous creatures as they are beautiful and bring in tonnes of happiness. Can a Pegasus actually fly? I’ve seen a couple of them in movies but don’t know if its true.

    Thank you for taking your precious time in writing this article in a detailed manner. Well Done! 

    1. Cheyenne C. says:

      Pegasus is a mythological creature and yes as mythology goes the Pegasus can fly. Thank you for taking the time to stop by an leave us a comment.

  10. Kabirat says:

    Interesting historical facts,wow I never knew unicorns ever or even still exists. 

    Thanks for these revealing and educative write-up and even telling us where they can be found in this present time. I usually thought they existed in people’s imaginations or fiery tales.

    Unicorns are one of the wonderful creatures of God which makes one appreciate him and all He has created.

    1. Cheyenne C. says:

      Hello Kabirat, glad you were able to enjoy our article and even learn something new from it when it comes to unicorns.

  11. Clement says:

    This is the first time am hearing about Alicorns. Never heard of such animal before, thou have heard about unicorns a couple of times but know just little about them. I like their unique colour and the horn, never imagined unicorns have such biblical references.I really enjoy reading this post, great work of research and history. But  wished unicorns could fly. 

    1. Cheyenne C. says:

      Yes me too Clement it would be awesome to look up and see such a beautiful animal flying around our skies.

  12. Israel says:

    Thanks for the informative and interesting post! On a more serious note, I couldn’t imagine how unicorns can fly. Surprised to learn in your post that unicorns can really fly. These animals are magical creatures indeed. I couldn’t just imagine unicorns flying despite their body weights. I was only aware of their jumping and bouncing.

    Sincerely, I was so curious to know the bible references that talked about unicorns. This is interesting. Thanks for the valuable information! Kudos for proving in your post that unicorns really can fly!

  13. Tom says:

    Hi there Heaven Unicorn,

    What an interesting topic. I was surprised as to the background associated with unicorns, and how many varieties you talk about.

    You must have done a lot of research in understanding the history of unicorns.

    I found reading your post ” most interesting” as it was  presented in a straight forward format and easy to read and understand.

    I like most people always believed that unicorns were just an imagery thing of days long ago. But, after reading your post, they actually did exist.

    Most interesting and enjoyed reading it.


    1. Cheyenne C. says:

      Hey Tom, yes we put a lot of work into this to try and gather the most accurate information possible. Like a lot of creatures we imagine they usually come from a real animal that has been distorted by our minds and imaginations over the years into a brand new creature. This could explain how we got from the one horned rhinoceros to what we call a unicorn.

  14. Nuttanee says:

    Wait what? You can go hunt unicorn in Michigan? That is awesome! Next time when my husband says that he wants to go hunt the Sasquatch, I will tell him that we have to go hunt for the unicorn first hahaha. I will prepare the cognac. Well I guess all these times I assume that the Alicorn is unicorn. Now I know. Thanks for the fun facts. Have you tried hunting unicorn yet?

    1. Cheyenne C. says:

      Hello, I have not yet tried hunting a unicorn, but it is definitely on my list. To be clear when I say hunt also I don’t mean to harm the unicorn but to catch it, bring it home, and keep it forever…hahaha

  15. Janelle says:

    My 2 granddaughters absolutely love unicorns and will wear anything that has a picture of one on it.  My grandson is a huge fan of the movie Hercules, so he loves Pegasus.  They were arguing the other day about a picture that showed a unicorn with wings–the girls insisting it was a unicorn and the boy was sure it was Pegasus.  So I had to read your article to see the answer–thank you!

    1. Cheyenne C. says:

      Yes I actually always thought unicorns could fly as well, I guess My Little Pony tricked me into believing that haha. Also if your granddaughters love unicorns so much make sure they check out our other articled as well, especially the ones that are more historical based on unicorns, hope they enjoy.

  16. GVporras says:

    Thank you for this interesting information about if you Unicorns can fly.

    I so glad I came across to your site as soon as I see unicorns I call my two doughtier so they can read it with me, they were  so excited to find out if unicorns can fly or not, I can’t lie, I was too lol. I was a little disappointed to find out that they don’t, but they really enjoyed this article.

    Thank you

    1. Cheyenne C. says:

      That’s so great to hear that you were able to share this with them, puts a big smile on our faces. Yes were equally disappointed to find out they could not fly also, as we had always assumed that they could.

  17. Sam Frederiksen says:

    Was an interesting article.  I thought these creatures were only stories made up by people for entertainment only.  Was surprised when you said their were references to these creatures in some versions of the bible.  You suggest we going hunting to find one of the unicorns.  Where you think a good place to start looking is I sure my daughter would love to find one:)

    1. Cheyenne C. says:

      I would tell your daughter if she wants to go on a unicorn hunt, that her best shot would probably be somewhere out in Scotland somewhere remote away from people. Since unicorns are the National Animal of Scotland there are probably still some unicorns remaining there somewhere.

  18. alexandra says:

    When I first came across your page I was thinking, “how much can there really be about unicorns” But i must admit I am so intrigued because every post is so different and interesting. I would want to believe that unicorns can fly… :(I really enjoy the reading and I am learning so much about unicorns. I have already packed the concac

    1. Cheyenne C. says:

      Thanks Alexandra, glad you are able to enjoy the site and see it for what it is. We aim to be a place where people can come and leave with a smile. Glad you were able to learn something new about unicorns also!!!

  19. Jean says:

    I think it is fascinating the way people creatively came up with those far-fetched stories 15 centuries ago. I am more the down-to-earth type and stopped paying attention to such stories. Mankind has always had deep imagination since the dawn of time. I could have written something like this as a 12-year old but it is still interesting for your niche. Anyway, keep on dropping that good content.

    1. Cheyenne C. says:

      Hello Jean, yes this article is written mostly for younger kids who have imaginations and wonder about these things. Its not to be taken too seriously. Thank you for stopping by the site and taking the time to leave us a comment.

  20. Olatoye Dolapo says:

    I grew up hearing and listening to different tales and amazing facts about unicorn but over the years I have not come across enough details or research on this wonderful creature but before I continue, I’ll love to reading your page on “are unicorn real?” Maybe I will have a good grip on this particular article. One thing that caught my fancy is the fact that you mentioned the biblical reference of unicorns. I’ll will definitely go and check my King James to clarify that. Thank you

    1. Cheyenne C. says:

      Hello, we also learn so much from researching these article so it makes us so happy to hear that others enjoy them and learn something as well. Thank you for checking out both of those articles on our site.

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