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"Dragon"
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Type(s)
Dragonkin
Source
various folkore
Scale
Huge
Similar creature(s)
Basilisk, Cockatrice, Wyvern


The dragon in fantasy worlds often is a large, scaly beast, which combines features of reptiles, birds, bats and etc. The name derives from the latin word "Draco" and the ancient greek word "δράκων" - Drakon. The dragon appears in many colour variations and sizes, with or without wings and horns. The classic dragon probably is the fire breathing one, but in modern stories, those creatures also can spit acid, frost and etc.

The creature is known around the world, although asian dragons are usually seen as a symbol of luck, power and fertility. In many fantasy stories, the dragon is described as an intelligent, but also as a greedy beast, which likes to sleep on a hoard of gold.

Source[]

The dragon...

Media[]

Dragons appear in the following media:

Films[]

  • Beowulf (2007)
  • "Dragons" franchise by DreamWorks.
  • "How To Train Your Dragon" - 2010 - Dreamworks
  • "Pete's Dragon" - by Walt Disney Pictures, 2016 live-action film, 1977 live-action/2D animation musical. The green dragon of the story is named Elliott and can become invisible.
  • "Dragonheart" - 1996 - the voice artist of "Draco" is Sean Connery.
  • "Game of Thrones" - the HBO fantasy series, noteable dragons: Balerion the Black Dread, Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion (becomes a wight);
  • "Eragon" - the movie, 2006, noteable dragons: Saphira
  • "Reign of Fire" - 2002
  • "Sleeping Beauty" - 1959 - an animated movie by Walt Disney Studios
  • "Spirited Away" - 2002 Studio Ghibli

Games[]

Novels[]

  • Berserk
  • Goblin Slayer
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien. The dragon Smaug has his hoard in the Lonely Mountain (Sindarin: Erebor).
  • The Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien, Chapter: XXIV: Ancalagon the Black, who was slain by Eärendil the Mariner, and from Quenta Silmarillion: Glaurung, father of all dragons in Tolkien's lore.
  • Farmer Giles of Ham by J.R.R Tolkien, published in 1949 by George Allen & Unwin. The fire-breathing dragon Chrysophylax Dives is one of the main characters.
  • Wiedźmin (The Witcher) by Andrzej Sapkowski. In the short story "The Bounds of Reason", Witcher Geralt of Riva meets a knight named Borch Three Jackdaws, who is actually the golden dragon Villentretenmerth.
  • The Crystal Shard (first book of the Icewind Dale trilogy) by R.A. Salvatore. Wulfgar and Drizzt Do'Urden fight Ingeloakastimizilian (Icingdeath) - a white dragon.
  • Streams of Silver (second book of the Icewind Dale trilogy) by R.A. Salvatore. The group around Drizzt Do'Urden set out on a quest to regain Mithril Hall. Their largest enemy in the end is Haerinvureem (or Shimmergloom), a Shadow dragon from the Shadow plane.
  • Fafnir (or Fafner) is a dragon in norse mythology. He once was the son of dwarf king Hreidmar, but was cursed by the dwarf Andvari, who put a spell on all his gold and his ring. Fafnir is later slain by the hero Sigurd (Sigurðr). (Read more: Völsunga saga and Fáfnismál)
  • Nibelungenlied (The Song of the Nibelungs), an epic poem in Middle High German. The story centers around dragon-slayer Siegfried, his life in Burgund, his death and Kriemhild's (his wife) revenge. There are similarities to the norse Völsunga saga. Early manuscripts are from the 13th century.
  • A dragon called "Fafnir" also appears in one of the Smurf/Johan and Peewit Comic Stories (Le pays maudit) by belgian cartoonist Peyo.
  • "Eragon" - Christopher Paolini 2001 (self publishing) and 2003 published by Knopf.

Trivia[]

  • "Dragon" was or is the name of various car companies in the US and even a french car brand.
  • "Dragon 32" and "Dragon 64", were homecomputers in 1980, produced by Dragon Data, Wales.
  • Dragon or better "Draco" is a constellation in the far northern skies.
  • Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter Universe has his name from mentioned constellation or simply after the "Dragon".
  • DRACO is a brand for wound treatment by Dr. Ausbüttel & Co. GmbH.
  • DRACO also is („Double-stranded RNA Activated Caspase Oligomerizer“) a group of experimental antiviral drugs. This was developed on MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) until development moved on to the Draper Laboratory. Read more: DRACO.
  • The Astronomicum Caesareum (by Peter Apian, 1540) is showing a dragon. Lunar nodes were also symbolised by a dragon (better speaking: the head and it's tail, for ascending and descending nodes), but around the world, the nodes have different names.
  • Draco (Δράκων) was a lawgiver in Ancient Greece (7th century BCE).
  • DraCo was an Amiga-clone by MacroSystem AG.
  • DRACO (Dresden Laser Acceleration Source), is a high-performance laser in Helmholtz-Zentrums Dresden-Rossendorf, Germany.
  • Draco was a norwegian boat manufacturer, who produced until 1993. Since 2014, one can buy the brand "Draco" once again.
  • Draco GNU/Linux is a norwegian linux distrubution.
  • Draco is also a dwarf galaxy orbiting the Milky Way
  • Draco is a genus of gliding lizards or "Flying dragons". Described by Linnaeus, 1758. It has recognised 42 species.
  • Draco is also the name of a humanoid lizard-like alien

Flags showing dragons[]

  • Wales
  • Moscow
  • Bhutan
  • Hong Kong
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