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Dragons

Mythical Dragons were and remain extremely popular.  Practically every ancient civilization has its own tales and stories about this spectacular creature.

The two most common interpretations of this magnificent beast are the Western (European) and Eastern (Asian) types.  In general, most forms had serpentine and/or other reptilian traits with various strengths, powers and physical features. 

The quantity of legs, arms, heads and types of skin varies greatly. They also are described in a large variety of differing colors.

 

Dragons

Eastern versions of dragons were mostly depicted as good, wise and great teachers and allies to the humankind. They were often gentle and the keepers of peace and wisdom.

Their Western counterparts were in general quite the opposite. Many were entirely evil and solely bent on destruction and causing total chaos.

Whether good or evil, they often represented one of the elementals with the ability to control and use its powers to help their allies and destroy any opposing forces.

This category is definitely one of our all time favorites.  These mythical and legendary creatures are always fascinating whether they are champions or absolute villains in any story or tale in existence.

Dragons A-Z List

Amphithere – The Amphithere, Amphiptere or Amphitere is a type of legless dragon with bat-like wings. It is described as being covered with feathers or fur depending on the region where it is found.

These dragons usually have a devilish arrow tipped tail but their overall appearance can be a variety of different color combinations.

Source:  American Folklore

Azhi Dahaka – Three headed dragon with sharp fangs

 

Balaur – A balaur is a very large dragon with fins, feet and several serpent heads. It usually has three but is also described as having as many as twelve heads.

The saliva of this European dragon is also said to form precious stones.

Source:  Romanian Folklore

Cetus – Large head, clawed forearms, serpent-like body and tail

 

Fafnir – Poison breathing, serpent-like dragon

 

Guivre – The Guivre was a huge serpent with the head of a horned dragon. It had super lethal breath that would kill crops and spread deadly plagues. Whenever it would emerge from the water, it would leave whatever it touched dead and diseased.

The Guivre was finally defeated and expelled from France when it caught sight of a naked human. This traumatic experience drove the dragon away to the north, where humans tend to wear more clothing.

Source:  European Mythology

 

Knucker – Large flying water beast

 

Ladon – Multi-headed snake-like dragon

Lambton Worm – Long serpent-like body, huge eyes and large teeth

Lindworm – Extremely large, monstrous snake

 

Orochi – Enormous evil serpent with 8 heads & eight tails

Peluda – Green dragon covered with numerous spikes

 

Smok Wawelski – Fire breathing dragon with six legs

 

Tarasque – Sharps fangs, body covered with scales, a whip-like tail

Tatzelwurm – Lizard-like dragons with a feline’s face

Wyvern – Serpentine head, winged spiked body with pointed tail

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In the 1981 dark fantasy film Dragonslayer, a kingdom is terrorized by a 400-year-old dragon named?

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What is the name of the dragon in the 1996 movie DragonHeart?

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In the movie Neverending story, Atreyu rides a dragon named?

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In the 2006 action fantasy film Eragon, the main character shelters and feeds a dragon named?

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Daenerys was the mother of three dragons.  What were their names?

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