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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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Elizabethswann

21/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: December 20, 2006
I always waned to watch eragon and I started reading this book
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cornelia_weasl

24/Female
Erwin, TN
Posted On: December 17, 2006
I want Dragonalogy.
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cornelia_weasl

24/Female
Erwin, TN
Posted On: December 17, 2006
That 's awsome. I like eastern dragons. I want to see Eragon so badly and see how they depict it.
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nenajade13

21/Female
Glen Ridge, FL
Posted On: December 1, 2006
Dragons rock!!!

I would love to see that eragon movie!!!

AMANDA
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yuki_elle

25/Female
West Milwaukee, WI
Posted On: December 1, 2006
dragons are so cool
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dadezgurl

21/Female
Antarctica
Posted On: November 30, 2006
dragons are amazing. it would be so cool to have one! just of how much damage you could do!!!
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Fusion_Angel

23/Female
De Leon Springs, FL
Posted On: November 18, 2006
Don't forget to catch the Eragon movie!
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chocolatprince

22/Female
Casas Adobes, AZ
Posted On: November 14, 2006
DRAGONS ARE KICK @SS!
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monkeychick221

24/Female
Avon, OH
Posted On: November 10, 2006
dragons are so amazing they should make something with dragons
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Spiritwolf15

24/Female
Henry, VA
Posted On: November 9, 2006
I read the book Eragon by Christopher Palanin before and that was an excelett book but a little slow on the action in the begining. i agree with zoegirl49 you should read the books cause they are good.
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zoegirl49

23/Female
Lake Jackson, TX
Posted On: November 9, 2006
Hey if anyone has read or is going to read the books on my last post, please tell me. THANKS
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zoegirl49

23/Female
Lake Jackson, TX
Posted On: November 8, 2006
You should so totally read the Dragon Riders of Pern seris by Anne McCaffrey, and Eragon by Christopher Paolini. LOVE the article : icon14:
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jones_7

20/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 7, 2006
dragons rule

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babygirl7889

20/Female
Mount Penn, PA
Posted On: November 7, 2006
dragons are so awesome.
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Artmis

24/Female
Fountain, CO
Posted On: November 7, 2006
Dragons rock! i think that they could be real. And besides i read alot of dragon books.
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