Where to find Dragons

Dragons have been sneaking through caves, attacking villages, hoarding treasures, and exchanging riddles for ages. The dragon was even around in Babylonian times with the myth of a giant serpentine dragon who inhabits the sea and could only be killed by an arrow piercing its belly. But what do you really know about these creatures? Where do they live? What do they even look like? Are they enormous lizards or snakes? Do they live in the sea or on land?

In Norse and Germanic legends, dragons were treasure hoarders and couldn’t resist riddling discussions. The cooked blood from their hearts is said to make whoever tastes it able to understand animal languages. In the Anglo-Saxons’ epic poem Beowulf, the dragon is poisonous and breathes fire, and his blood, if touched, can kill you.

The Welsh have tales about Y Ddraig Goch (The Red Dragon) and the White Dragon fighting; they were seen as clawed creatures with wings. In some English (and other European) lore, the dragon is called a wyvern and is depicted as two-legged with a serpent tail instead of back legs. In the old tale of Saint George and the Dragon, the beast is smaller than a horse and can be pierced by a lance, but brings terrible disease.

Chinese dragons are known for their wisdom and wish-granting to good people; these dragons usually don’t have wings and move like a serpent. The Russian dragon Zmey Gorynych has three heads, flies, and breathes fire.

Today, there are still some popular dragons out there, and here is where to find a few:

  • Smaug (The Hobbit)
  • Fafnir (The Volsungasaga)
  • Puff (Puff the Magic Dragon)
  • Eustace (The Dawn Treader)
  • The Jabberwock (Alice Through the Looking Glass)
  • Norbert (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
  • Glaurung (The Silmarillion)

    Fire breathing, poison steaming, wise, wicked, wormy, or flying. What are some of your favorite dragon characters?


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