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#1    KaysonMire

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 01:59 AM

Dragons aren't well known creatures to me, and yet here I am, writing about them.
I don't know a lot about their legends, where they come up in mythology.
I'm not looking into Chinese dragons, but it's European dragons I'm looking into.
also, what do you guys think about dragons, and what would they look like exactly?

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 02:16 AM

Anne McCaffrey's type of dragons. From the series Dragon Riders of Pern.


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 02:27 AM

They look like whatever the artist says.

I like dragons so in my mind their species are as varied as birds and insects. Meaning their bodies can have such a myriad of shapes and colors.

And yes, I know they are not real.


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 02:31 AM

The European dragons classically have wings and four legs. Some heraldric dragons do have 2 wings and 2 legs, but those are more correctly called wyverns, which are a small type of dragon. The classic version would have been too big to fly. I think the legend started with crocodiles and pythons and evolved over the centuries from there.

The Norse dragons don't have wings, and many don't even have legs. Most live in the water and probably are legends derived from whales.

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 07:46 AM

View Postemberdawn, on 14 January 2014 - 02:16 AM, said:

Anne McCaffrey's type of dragons. From the series Dragon Riders of Pern.

Oh yes! I love that series. Read it twice and thinking about it again since it's been awhile. Kept all the books. I love her descriptions of the dragons and their riders all dressed in their leathers. She makes me want to ride one. Giddy-up, swoosh, blink, lol

Edited by SpiritTraveler, 14 January 2014 - 07:49 AM.

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 08:45 PM

Yeah... Until you get hit by a piece of Thread!

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 09:34 PM

There used to be a member here, I thought his name was Draconic Chronicler.... he argued that dragons were real and was peddling an upcoming book.  I can't find this member now :/

Edit to add: yep, his name was 'draconic chronicler'.  He's banned now, so you aren't able to check his content.... just have to put his name in the search bar and sift through the results.


Edited by green_dude777, 14 January 2014 - 10:18 PM.


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 10:17 PM

View Postgreen_dude777, on 14 January 2014 - 09:34 PM, said:

There used to be a member here, I thought his name was Draconic Chronicler.... he argued that dragons were real and was peddling an upcoming book.  I can't find this member now :/

LOL, when I saw the thread title I immediately thought of that guy.  :tu:


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Posted 15 January 2014 - 02:35 AM

Dragons of European folklore and mythology were usually serpentine with two pairs of legs and a pair of wings, often portrayed as evil, and hoarding gold and treasure in some cavern or underground cave.  Often the blood of a dragon was said to have magical properties.

A few other dragon-like creatures were the wyvern, which only had a single pair of legs and a pair of wings, could breath fire or deliver venom with its bite.  There were also the lindworms (or linnorms, lindorms) which I believe were from Scandinavian folklore and were usually interchangeable with dragons.  They differed in that they had no wings and only a single pair of legs.  Like the wyvern, they sometimes could deliver venom with their bite.

Some dragons and dragon-like creatures from European folklore are;
  • Nidhogg from Norse mythology, who gnaws at the roots of Yggdrasil, the World tree.
  • Jormungand, also known as the Midgard Serpent, also from Norse mythology.
  • The dragon that Beowulf fights, from the Anglo-Saxon poem.
  • The dragon from Saint George and the Dragon.
I might be able to find some titles of mythology and folklore research later.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 03:52 AM

And, of course, Smaug in the Hobbit, who is based very closely on dragons of lore because Tolkien was a history buff.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 04:58 AM

View PostSir Wearer of Hats, on 15 January 2014 - 03:52 AM, said:

And, of course, Smaug in the Hobbit, who is based very closely on dragons of lore because Tolkien was a history buff.
the hobbit is based on a true story.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 05:47 AM

View Postgreen_dude777, on 14 January 2014 - 09:34 PM, said:

There used to be a member here, I thought his name was Draconic Chronicler.... he argued that dragons were real and was peddling an upcoming book.  I can't find this member now :/

Edit to add: yep, his name was 'draconic chronicler'.  He's banned now, so you aren't able to check his content.... just have to put his name in the search bar and sift through the results.

He was Krazed. He was convinced that God and His angels were all Dragons. That the seraphim and cherubim are fire breathing dragons. That was like 4 or 5 years ago I think. I wonder if that book ever came out?

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 07:59 AM

Chinese and Vietnamese dragons are noisy creatures but quite useful to have around if you are bothered by ghosts.  Until recently I'd never seen them breath fire but now that has caught on, no doubt from Western movies.


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Posted 15 January 2014 - 09:06 AM

Can anyone tell us why the Welsh Flag has a red Dragon on it.

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 02:40 AM

@ spud because a pink one would just be silly





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