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Fiery Dragons

Updated on January 26, 2017

Fiery Dragons

Since I was a child, I've been fascinated by dragons, and still am today. I wish they were real. When I read the story about St George and the dragon, my first thought was "Poor dragon"; I still feel that way, although I now know the story is a myth!

There are a couple of dragons in my home, and there are some dragon items you might like. After all, who wouldn't want a fiery dragon to protect their house?

The dragon in the photo is probably Welsh, as it's perched on top of Cardiff City Hall.

Dragon in Cardiff.
Dragon in Cardiff. | Source

Dragon Varieties - The Welsh Dragon

The photo is a red dragon, and this particular one is a memorial to the Welsh Division in Mametz Wood Cemetery, France. Dragons are extremely important to the Welsh, and they have a red dragon on their national flag. It is called "Y Ddraig Goch", which means The Red Dragon.

Merlin, the famous wizard of legend, is said to have made a prophecy about a fight between a red dragon and a white dragon, in which the red dragon would eventually win over the white dragon. King Arthur is supposed to have used a dragon as his symbol on his battle standard.

Welsh Dragon
Welsh Dragon | Source
Gifts & Decor Majestic Red Dragon Sword in Stone Figurine Display
Gifts & Decor Majestic Red Dragon Sword in Stone Figurine Display

This red Sword in the Stone Dragon would look great guarding your jewellery trinkets.

 
Welsh flag.
Welsh flag. | Source

Owain Glyndwr was a Welsh ruler, and the last real Welshman to be the Prince of Wales. This title is now used by the heir to the British throne. Owain used a dragon on his standard during a revolt against the English in 1400. The English King Henry V also used a red dragon flag at the battle of Agincourt.

Dragons are found throughout the history of the Welsh, and a red dragon is used on the Royal Badge of Wales since 1807.

Dragon Varieties - The Japanese Dragon

Japanese Dragon.
Japanese Dragon. | Source

There are many countries which use dragons for their flags and symbols, and Asian countries seem to have some very colourful ones. The dragon in the picture is one of the many versions of a Japanese dragon. Many Asian dragons, unlike the European varieties, have no wings. Japanese dragons are reputed to live in the sea.

Ryujin (Dragon god) is one of the names given to the deity controlling the power of the oceans, and the tides.

Unlike other dragons, the Japanese dragons usually don't fly, as they often have no wings. They can be distinguished from other dragons as they only have three toes, instead of five or more. They also tend to be more snakelike in shape.

The White Dragon - A guardian of the treasures.

Guard Dragon.
Guard Dragon. | Source

This is my White Dragon, a concrete dragon I rescued from a basement sale in a shopping centre. He's been with me for years now, and has pride of place on a bookcase, where he sits guarding his treasure, a Swarovski crystal key ring. He seems to be happy there!

The photo is my own; please don't use without permission.

Toilet Paper Holder - Commode Dragon Tissue Tyrant Gothic Bathroom Decor - Toilet Paper Roll - Bathroom Wall Decor
Toilet Paper Holder - Commode Dragon Tissue Tyrant Gothic Bathroom Decor - Toilet Paper Roll - Bathroom Wall Decor

This would be a real talking point for your bathroom. Isn't he just adorable? Of course, he might scare your visitors.

 

Komodo Dragons - These dragons can be dangerous!

Komodo Dragon.
Komodo Dragon. | Source

Komodo Dragons are found in Indonesia, on the islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang, and Padar. They are monitor lizards, and are the largest living lizards in the world, growing up to 3 metres, or 10 feet.

These animals eat birds, mammals, and in fact, anything they can catch, as they are ambush predators. This variety of dragon is definitely not one to have in your home - sorry! They have been known to attack people.

Erik The Red - Another rescued dragon

Eric the Red Dragon.
Eric the Red Dragon. | Source

Some years ago, I helped out in a new age type shop, and among other items, we sold dragons. The little red dragon in the picture unfortunately arrived with a broken leg and wing, and was destined to be thrown away, but the owner let me have him. It was fairly easy to repair him, and I don't think you can see the injuries now.

He lives on a CD stand in the corner of the room, looking his fiery best. I think he's a beautiful dragon, and have called him Erik the Red.

Dragon Varieties - The Bearded Dragon - I don't think he breathes fire though!

Bearded Dragon
Bearded Dragon | Source

This little dragon is an Eastern Bearded Dragon, and is found in Eastern Australia. It belongs to the Pogona species, and its Latin name is Pogona barbata.

Some of these dragons may be kept as pets, so if you would like to have a live dragon in your home, these are the sort to get. You may need a permit to keep one though, so do check first, and also look into the requirements of the animal before getting one.

Dragon Gallery - Dragons from everywhere

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Central Bearded Dragon, Pogona viticeps.     http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ABearded_Dragon.jpgVietnamese Dragon.  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ARoof_detail%2C_dragon.jpgIshtar Gate Dragon, oldest known image of a dragon.  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pergamonmuseum_Ishtartor_02.jpg#file"A Dragon from folklore.  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AGraoully.JPG"Iguana at Bogazici Zoo, modified to a Dragon image.  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ADragon_03442.jpgKomodo dragon.   http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AVaranus_komodoensis5.jpg
Central Bearded Dragon, Pogona viticeps.     http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ABearded_Dragon.jpg
Central Bearded Dragon, Pogona viticeps. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ABearded_Dragon.jpg
Vietnamese Dragon.  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ARoof_detail%2C_dragon.jpg
Vietnamese Dragon. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ARoof_detail%2C_dragon.jpg
Ishtar Gate Dragon, oldest known image of a dragon.  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pergamonmuseum_Ishtartor_02.jpg#file"
Ishtar Gate Dragon, oldest known image of a dragon. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pergamonmuseum_Ishtartor_02.jpg#file"
A Dragon from folklore.  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AGraoully.JPG"
A Dragon from folklore. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AGraoully.JPG"
Iguana at Bogazici Zoo, modified to a Dragon image.  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ADragon_03442.jpg
Iguana at Bogazici Zoo, modified to a Dragon image. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ADragon_03442.jpg
Komodo dragon.   http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AVaranus_komodoensis5.jpg
Komodo dragon. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AVaranus_komodoensis5.jpg

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      Jean DAndrea 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Hi Jodah, Thanks for visiting, and your comments. I'll certainly check out this hub, and look at the amound of Amazon capsules - have been removing some from other hubs recently - don't get any sales anyway!

      I love dragons, and wish they were real !

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Snakesmum, I find dragons intriguing. I enjoy movies about them and there is a wonderful book written and illustrated by Graham Base about dragons throughout the world. Your hub has some good illustrations and your own dragons are good. I read your forum post about being frustrated that your hubs aren't doing well, so I tried to look for reasons. I feel you could have given slightly more detailed information about the various dragons mentioned and even though you are allowed to have one Amazon or eBay capsule for every 100 words I find if you do ue the maximum number your hub is always in danger of being unfeatured. I only ever use one or two no matter how many words are in my hub. I find it also turns readers off. I find that if you main image is a good one, Pinterest generates a lot of views too. Good luck.

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      Jean DAndrea 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @JesseHelton: Thankyou! Animals are a big interest of mine.

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      JesseHelton 3 years ago

      Very interesting. I'm loving your animal lenses.

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      niicki 3 years ago

      One of my favorite movies is How to Train Your Dragon. It's such a perfect mix of funny for kids and adults. Anyway, you've got some gorgeous dragons here! I'd totally have one as a pet if they were real.