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