Dragons are no doubt the coolest of the mythological creatures. They are definitely most popular and have stood out time and time again in fantasy books and movies. Dragons represent power and excellence.
What are dragons? They are said to be a mixture of a cat, a serpent and a bird. In Chinese culture Dragons originate from fish. There are many different kinds of dragons,most all of them originate around the elements of the Earth. Fire dragons seem to be the most popular Besides being characterized by their fire breathing abilities they are also short tempered. There are also water dragons. They are said to be more positive and docile. Dragons appear in myths, legends and folktales around the world. Here are some of my top picks for famous Dragons. Aye there be dragons here!
One of the most popular dragons that come to mind are Smaug. the infamous dragon of the Hobbit. This may have been the first dragon I have been exposed o in my childhood. Smaug was one of the dragons of Middle Earth. If you remember your Hobbit Lore correctly Smaug was the dragon that was slain by Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo had the fortune of finding an exposed patch on the beasts underbelly. The belly was covered in gold and gems. Smaug was a very witty dragon who loved riddles. J.R.R Tolkien even discussed how Smaug was able to hypnotise others with his eyes. Smaug was quite convinced he was undefeatable. Smaug was one of several dragons of Middle Earth.
Sleeping Beauty Dragon
OK maybe I Lied about the first connection with a dragon thing. I do distinctly remember a dragon from Sleeping Beauty that was quite ominous. The Evil Queen transformed herself into a a purple and black Dragon that was somewhat scary for a kid but yet beautiful. Fire Breathing and winged it went after prince charming. Can you believe they used the word hell in a Disney movie in that era?
Falcor was a Luck Dragon from the 1984 movie the Never-ending Story. He assisted Atreyu in finding a cure for the empress so that things go back to normal.. Falkor was dog like in his character. He often asked for his ears to be scratched. Luck dragons are not fiercely strong or witty but just Lucky in everything they do. A luck dragon breathes blue fire Luck Dragons are said to be made of fire and air. Water can be deadly to them. Luck dragons also take in air and heat through their scales and are able to sleep while flying. But I don't think we have ever seen a movie prior to the Never ending Story about a boy riding on a Dragon's back. A Luck dragon is able to fly with out wings! He was a little too feathery for me But I did like his blue eyes and his deep laugh. The Neverending Story was Neverending with their characters and was a little ahead of their time. .
Dragon, from the movie Shrek is the only Dragon I know tha can make lipsitck look good! , Simpily named Dragon, she was a ferocious foe to Shrek as he tried to save the Princess Fiaona. However she fell in love with Donkey and has been one of the main supporitng characters of the entire series. A classic fire breathing dragon, she and Donkey eventually have Dragon donkeys, Dronkeys, which are winged asses that sneeze fire. I think Dragons best performance was at the end of Shrek I when she was dancing to "I like big butts!"
Shrek Dance Party
Dragonheart was made in 1996 and starred Dennis Quaid as a knight.I really loved this movie.. and I loved the Dragon, Draco in it too. Maybe it had something to do with the fact Sean Connery was the voice for it? The Movie premise was simple and complicated! The dragon shared his heart with the father of Dennis Quaid Character. The father was in danger as boy and his mother brought him toe the great dragon for protection. The great dragon did revive the boy and he went back to his kingdom to the be the ruler However he turned hout ot be an evil ruler and thus perished. Dennis Quaid goes to Draco's lair to do battle as he blamed the dragon for his father's evilness. Draco proposed however that since he was the last of his kind they should go into a partnership. Their scheme worked like this: . The Dragon would Plunder unsuspecting villages. The knight would come along and be hired by the townsfolk. The knight would fake kill the dragon and both Dragon and knight would split the earnings.
Saphira is the dragon from the series of books The Inheritance Cycleby Christopher Paolini. The movie Eragon was created in 2006. In the story line, Eragon found a blue dragon egg as a boy. He hatched it and raised it until she learned to fly and became full grown. She is one of the most beautiful dragons I have seen on the big screen and only the second female dragon. Saphira is the main character of the series of books by Christopher Paolini. The series Inheritance Cycleis three books long. Saphira goes on to hone her dragon skills in the second book the Eldest and the third book Brisingr, Eragon and Saphira continue their quest to overthrow the evil emperor. These series of books were a part of USA Today's top 150 picks for young readers. I am not a young reader but I may aquire the series. I did not know about the two other books!
The Newest addition to my Dragon collection is Toothless, the Night Fury from the movie, How to Train Your Dragon. When I first saw the previews I thought to myself, What the heck kind of Dragon is that? I thought he would be void of character and personality. But as I watched his interaction with Hiccup, the boy viking I quickly fell in love with this Dragon. Although the regular townspeople feared this Night Fury, Hiccup was able to learn about Toothless's softer side. This misunderstood beast was always happy to share his regurgitated fish with Hiccup in return for repairing his damaged tail. I was delighted to see how the Dragon had cat like reflexes but played like a puppy. In the Book How to Train Your Dragon, Toothless was a much smaller and less feared dragon. The Producers believed it would be a more interesting story if Toothless were a little bigger and a little more ferocious.
Sometimes I talk to Dragons
Oh Yes I Often Do
Sometimes I talk to Dragons
Oh there have been quite a few
Dragons love to Converse on Many Things
The most favorite topic are wishes and dreams
Mere mOrtal muse them with their foolish ways
Their wishes seem to go on for days
But if you run into a bit of luck and your wishes are sincere
A Luck Dragon will find you and a bit of magic will appear
Hold onto your dreams and never lose faith
You never know where luck may find you
Sometimes I talk to dragons oh yes I often Do
The next time I see one I will make a wish for you!
~ Ms Cheivous~
Cool dragon sites
- Canadian Dragon Fantasy Art: Original Dragon Art, Sculpture and Drawings
- Famous Dragon Names
An alphabetical list by name of famous dragons from around the world and beyond