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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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Dancer4Life12

21/Female
New Roads, LA
Posted On: November 1, 2006
wow that was kewl...can ya'll do a dragon maker? that would b soo kewl!
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Hollimer

22/Female
Torrance, CA
Posted On: November 1, 2006
...cool
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j7113

20/Female
Gowanda, NY
Posted On: November 1, 2006
i love dragons - also if u do read the book : Eragon - it is an amazing book even if u think the first few chapters are boring
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I_lUv_StArXwAr

21/Female
Tabb, VA
Posted On: November 1, 2006
dang

that sure taught me! lol.

i didn't know that there were that many types of dragons.

aurevior!



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pirate_girl123

20/Female
Sheboygan, WI
Posted On: November 1, 2006
Dragons are so cool!
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pirate_girl123

20/Female
Sheboygan, WI
Posted On: November 1, 2006
Dragons are so cool! Hey, by the way, how do you make an avatar for your username?
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fairy_queen625

21/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 1, 2006
I LOVE DRAGONS. THEIR ARE SO AWESOME!!!! I HAVE WRITTEN A STORY ABOUT THEM,TOO.
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kittengirlg

18/Female
Tyaskin, MD
Posted On: November 1, 2006
Can you make a dragon maker? that would be cool!!!
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CammyGurl

22/Female
Edmond, OK
Posted On: November 1, 2006
I wuv Dragons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!! there sooooooooooooooo cool and Ya ........ on suger HIGH so ya ................ Bye.
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Lia3220

23/Female
Japan
Posted On: November 1, 2006
Dragons are so beautiful,I think.
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akarui_bright

22/Female
Rogers, MN
Posted On: November 1, 2006
wow i love dragons! yay!... is it just me or is the goth maker taking a long time to become non-premium?
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qtpiekmp

99/Female
Georgia
Posted On: November 1, 2006
cool, i didn't know that. hey jessica(TDP owner) how do you make those icons that go on your comments? someone please dm me and tell me how!
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AbsintheZ

25/Female
Dayton, OH
Posted On: November 1, 2006
Actually, the half-bird-lady-creatures are Harpies (also from Greek mythology). No one knows what sirens look like because of their ship-wrecking tendencies, as the poet and dragonlover said. I don't think they're nymphs.

Anyway, I did a research paper on dragons a couple years back (can you believe I got away with that topic?), and I thought I'd add another interesting tidbit of info. It is generally believed that the origin of the western dragon is actually a personification of storms. Think about it: they're huge, blow dark smoke (clouds), breath fire (lightening), can level towns, make a lot of noise, and if you were living in a time with no other explaination for storms, a dragon wouldn't sound quite as impossible as it is now. (Not that people really thought that storms were dragons, just that it was a way of looking at things. Like telling a kid that thunder is just god going bolling.)

Hope yu thought that was interesting. If so, go research more, there's a lot more out there.
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Dragon_lover12

23/Female
Warrior, AL
Posted On: November 1, 2006
any way dragon rule

they are not evil the only reason people get hurt is if you mess with them or their horde or their babies

they are just very protectiveand caring

so get on there good side and you'll never be in danger again
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Dragon_lover12

23/Female
Warrior, AL
Posted On: November 1, 2006
people sirens are evil nymphs in the nered category

the lure sailors to rocky water to kill them in that sense alone they are like mermaids (supposedly mermaids lure sailers to watery doom) nothing else

they are just nymphs in the ocean
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