Griffons are creatures with the body and legs of a lion and the head, wings, and talons of an eagle. The lion is considered the king of land animals; the eagle is considered the king of all flying creatures. In mythology, the Griffon is the king of all creatures. He is the regal protector of divinity, the guardian of nobility, and a symbol of courage and dignity. Legends suggest that his talons have medicinal powers and that he is able to discern where gold is buried deep within the earth's crust. His talons are skilled in digging it out, and he has a treasure trove of golden artifacts amassed through the ages. He is considered the most intelligent of all creatures in the animal kingdom.