Fear the Fear Liath Mor

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Have you ever felt something watching you, but then you turned to look at it and there was nothing there? It was just your imagination, right? Or was it the Fear Liath Mor? In most stories, the Fear Liath Mor, or Greyman was a humanoid figure, much larger than an actual human, between 10 and 30 feet tall, with short grey fur and no noticeable protrusions or features. The Fear Liath Mor has no visible mouth, ears or anything of the like. Mountain climbers reported hearing a second set of footsteps after their own, as well as a feeling of unease or nervousness.

An unconfirmed image of the Fear Liath Mor.

Well known climber, J. Norman Collie said as follows in 1925, 35 years after the incident: “I began to think I heard something else than merely the noise of my own footsteps. For every few steps I took, I heard a crunch and then another crunch as if someone was walking after me, but taking steps three or four times the length of my own.¨ Once again, there are no known animals with a humanoid body and also 20-odd feet tall, so once again, we have to make one. In standard Maldonado fashion, we´re going to high ball the size, weight, the whole nine yards.

For an animal to be humanoid,  it would have to have to have evolved from the same, or similar evolutionary ancestor as us humans. Neanderthals first split from our current human evolutionary tree about 250,000 years ago and then entirely died off about 28,000 years ago. But what if some of them survived on the European continent? And then they evolved to be much larger? To do either of these things, they would have to evolve to be much more stealthy, yet larger, at the same time, if that makes sense.

Fear the Fear Liath Mor