The Mythril Golem is an enemy in the Dawn of Souls and succeeding versions of the original Final Fantasy. It is an extremely rare enemy, and also quite a dangerous one. The Mythril Golem has high Defense and Magic Defense stats, and also packs quite a powerful physical attack. It also is resistant against all elements, so Flare is the best spell to use against it. They appear on the Sky Castle levels of the Whisperwind Cove on levels 30 and deeper.
[view·edit·purge]The word "mythril" is a reference to "mithril", a fictional metal from J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth fantasy setting. The name comes from Sindarin "mith", meaning "grey" and "ril", meaning "glitter". Mithril is described by Gandalf thusly - "It could be beaten like copper, and polished like glass; and the Dwarves could make of it a metal, light and yet harder than tempered steel. Its beauty was like to that of common silver, but the beauty of mithril did not tarnish or grow dim." The Saul Zaentz Company owns all rights to many terms and names used in Tolkien's writings, including the word mithril, and thus Final Fantasy likely uses the spelling "mythril" to avoid legal complications.
[view·edit·purge]In Jewish folklore, a golem is an animated anthropomorphic being, magically created entirely from inanimate matter. The word was used to mean an amorphous, unformed material (usually out of stone and clay) in Psalms and medieval writing. Adam, the first man created by God in the Holy Bible, was a golem since he was created from dust and sand. Having a golem servant was seen as the ultimate symbol of wisdom and holiness, with stories of prominent Rabbis owning golems throughout the middle ages. In modern times, the word golem, sometimes pronounced goilem in Yiddish, has come to mean one who is slow, clumsy, and generally dimwitted.