Go wherever you will, you who carry written on your forehead that neither the hippogryph
ridden by Astolfo, nor the celebrated Frontino, who cost the lovely Bradamante so dear, could match your light-footedness.
Varesco is clearly, if less surprisingly, familiar with Ariosto's Orlando furioso, as the libretto itself indicates with its references to Ariosto and the hippogryph
(Don Pippo in Act I scene 8) and to Astolfo's horn (Orlando furioso, XX; the unnumbered scene between Scenes 11
After many marvelous adventures, which include his rescue of Bradamant from the enchanted castle in which Atlantes, a magician, holds him prisoner, his ride on a flying hippogryph
, his slaying of the giantess Eriphilia, his rescue of Angelica from the monstrous orc, his forgetting of Bradamant while he woos and loses Angelica, his victory over Mandricardo, his sojourn on a desert island, and his Christian baptism, he is finally restored to his beloved Bradamant.
Shaggy-haired Hagrid is at home with his spiders, hippogryphs
, and blast-ended skrewts and he continually prophesies the eventual triumph of young Harry.
Lucian states clearly that his model is Ulysses-turned-narrator in the Odyssey, and the descriptions of sirens and cyclops and hippogryphs
, along with all that pertains to the realm of