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History of DragonsDragons are truly timeless with a history reaching back thousands of years. Despite the western fascination with the fire-breathing tyrants, dragons actually originated as thoughtful, wise creatures in the Asian countries. Although over time, the different views of dragons have meshed and spread, generally, tales of dragon lore vary according to the Eastern and Western traditions.

Smart Eastern Dragon

Eastern Dragons

China has the most ancient dragon traditions. In China, dragons were proud, ancient creatures that ensure good luck and wealth. Dragons were not to be feared, but rather a creature of great honor and respect. Chinese dragons also have five toes, with dragons to the south losing toes the farther they move away. Dragons in Japan, for example, only have three toes. Eastern Dragons are also revered for being able to control the amount of rain needed for the harvest as well as offering protection against evil spirits.

Western Dragons

Western dragons, as described during the centuries surrounding the Middle Ages, Scary Western Dragon - breathing firewere large reptilian creatures with wings and the ability to breathe fire. These dragons were known to steal away princesses or fair maidens, battle knights, eat villagers, and create giant hoards of gold and treasure.

Rarely portrayed as kind or wise, these dragons were fierce beasts with little intellect and a great deal of savagery. The only exceptions to this viewpoint were the Vikings who carved dragons into the prow of their ships to bestow sharp eyesight and craftiness to the warriors, and the Welsh who claimed the dragon as their national symbol.

Dragon - 3d Art

Dragons Today

Dragons, as we see them today, are extremely varied. The East and West have blended to produce dragons with a smattering of all, or none, of the previous characteristics. Dragons appear in many popular fantasy series. Many times the dragon is a wise, friendly creature with extrasensory abilities, and other times, the dragons remain true to the fierce nature characteristic of the Western tradition.

Dragons are also extremely popular in clothing design and in accessories Ė including tattoos. While the exact interpretation of the dragon emblem or tattoo relies on the individual wearing said item, generally, dragons today continue to represent wisdom, heroics, and certain fierceness.

Red Dragon - in snow

Dragon Characteristics

The most common depictions of dragons, sometimes called fire-lizards, are as follows:
  • Dragons are huge animals with scales, reptilian bodies, forked tongues, and the ability to breathe fire.
  • Dragons are essentially magical creatures with innate powers for good or evil, and often a great wisdom that transcends that of humans.
  • Dragons are fierce creatures with the intent to kidnap beautiful princesses in exchange for treasure. (This version of the dragon is still popular in some fantasy novels.)
  • Dragons appear in many colors, shapes, and sizes. There are different names given to the different "styles" of dragons depending on the originating country or author.
  • Dragons are the symbols of royalty in China and some other countries.
  • Dragons can control the weather and storms.
  • Dragons are the preferred means of transportation for many wizards, elves, or magicians. Dragon riders often have a magical ability of their own.

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Posted On: December 28, 2008
there is a dragon is a digimon a china one its yellow dragon but the new smbyol is an quillin
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Canton, NC
Posted On: November 12, 2007
I LOVE DRAGONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are my favorite fantasy(?) animal.

Also, I loved Eragon, it was an AWESOME movie!
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Posted On: July 16, 2007
don't try it a t home
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Posted On: July 16, 2007
genetic manipulation is wrong but you can still make a frog breathe fire
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Aspen Hill, MD
Posted On: July 13, 2007
Oh and p.s. I hated eragon. He is not hot, Brom dies to early, the one guy is too sketchy, and as far as i'm concerned, Arya was a skank. In the book she was like, yay you saved me go save the world, in the movie she was all yay i love you.
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Aspen Hill, MD
Posted On: July 13, 2007
Umm woah...dragons are friggin amazing. How did i not know this was here? I just learned so much about them......Does anyone know about the one myth where dragons speak all languages?
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Blue Springs, MO
Posted On: July 4, 2007
i am obbsesed with dragons! my whole family is but i love them the most!
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Posted On: July 4, 2007
I'm about the only kid in my class who is TOTALLY CRAZY, WACKO, INSANE, DROOLING OVER, LIVING FOR dragons.

I love them! Yea we should have a dragon-maker and in my stories (I love to write) the dragons are always wise, and never attack without a good reason. Oh, and two of theose dragon pictures are on my school books! Wierd, huh? (Pics 3 and 5)
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Eloise, FL
Posted On: May 31, 2007
for all dragon-lovers: read Eragon and Eldest!
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Posted On: April 6, 2007
You know, there are more types of dragons right?? Not only eastern and western but there are frosts, asian lung, europian, ect. Please people, not to be rude or anything but if you are writing an artical on dragons, please give more details!
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Posted On: April 5, 2007
i belive in them

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Hopkinsville, KY
Posted On: January 15, 2007
I've seen Eragon! I liked Murtagh the best!!! And no offense, but Saphira (the dragon) is a girl...
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United Kingdom
Posted On: January 7, 2007
I love Dragons!!!!!!!! They are my fave mithalogical creature. My fave type of dragon is the Chinise dragon. I wont bore u with the tecnical name!
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Posted On: December 25, 2006
Dragons totally rock!

I seen Eragon, and he is not hot. My brother ruined the movie. He didn't like the names.
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Erwin, TN
Posted On: December 21, 2006
Has anyone seen Eragon yet. He's so hot. of course so is the dragon. RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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