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'Dragon Lady' to retire this month 

Los Angeles Daily News - Oct 07 11:19 PM
With her flair for the dramatic and a no-nonsense attitude that borders on impatience, the prosecutor dubbed the "Dragon Lady" has announced she will retire this month.

Dragon Boat club seeks to get more in on fun 
The Arizona Republic - Oct 07 1:56 AM
In 2002, a group of racers created the Arizona Dragon Boat Association. Since then, the organization has steadily increased membership while adding a more competitive element to balance the recreational aspects of the sport. The association has about 40 members.

The Fifth Annual Phila. International Dragon Boat Festival 
KYW News Radio 1060 - Oct 07 9:19 AM
Thousands of competitors were out on the Schuylkill River Saturday for the Fifth Annual Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival. They're not rowing on the Schuylkill -- they're paddling.

Dragon compo winners be here 
The Inquirer - Oct 06 8:10 AM
I’d like to say a big thank-you to the people who entered the competition to win a copy of the latest version of Nuance’s Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition software and, upon being asked to name the best feature of The INQ, nominated this writer’s classy prose.




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The dragon is a mythical creature dragoon typically depicted as a large and powerful serpent or other reptile, with magical or spiritual qualities. Mythological creatures possessing some or most of dagon the characteristics typically associated with dragons are common throughout the dragan world's cultures.


  • 1 Overview
  • 2 Symbolism
    • 2.1 In drago Christianity
    • 2.2 Chinese Zodiac
    • 2.3 In dargon East Asia
  • 3 History and origins dragin of dragons
  • 4 Dragons in world mythology
  • 5 Notable dragons
    • 5.1 In dragen myth
    • 5.2 In dradon fiction
    • 5.3 As emblems
  • 6 See also
  • 7 Further reading
  • 8 References
  • 9 External drgon links


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Dragons are commonly portrayed as serpentine or reptilian, dregon hatching from eggs and possessing long, typically scaly, bodies; they are sometimes ragon portrayed as draggon having large eyes, a feature that is the origin for the word for dragon in many cultures, and are often (but not always) drragon portrayed with wings and a fiery breath.

Although dragons (or dragon-like dragob creatures) occur commonly in legends around the world, dragno different cultures have perceived them differently. Chinese dragons (Simplified Chinese: , Traditional ddragon Chinese: ; pinyin: lóng), and Eastern dragons generally, are usually seen as draon benevolent, whereas European dragons are usually malevolent (there are of course exceptions to these rules). Malevolent dragonn dragons also occur in Persian mythology (see Azhi drgaon Dahaka) and other cultures.

Dragons are often held to have major spiritual significance in various religions and dragom cultures around the world. In many Eastern and Native American cultures dragons were, drsgon and in some cultures still are, revered as representative of the primal forces of nature and the universe. They are sragon associated with wisdom—often said draogn to be wiser than humans—and longevity. They are commonly said to possess some form of magic or other supernatural power, and are bragon often associated with wells, rain, and rivers. dragons In some cultures, they are said to be capable of human speech.

Dragons are very popular dragon characters in fantasy literature, role-playing games and video games today. The term dragoon, for dragon ball z infantry that move around by horse, yet still fight dragon force as foot soldiers, is derived from their early dragon art firearm, the "dragon", a wide-bore musket that spat flame when it fired, and was thus named for the mythical beast.


In medieval dragon ball moon x symbolism, dragons were often dragon tattoos symbolic of apostasy and treachery, but also of anger and envy, and eventually symbolised great calamity. Several heads were dragon tattoo symbolic of decadence and oppression, and also of heresy. They also dungeons and dragons served as symbols for independence, leadership and strength. Many dragons also represent wisdom; slaying a dragon dragon ball x not only gave access to its treasure hoard, but meant the hero had bested the most cunning dragon pictures of all dragon ball creatures. In some cultures, especially Chinese, or around the Himalayas, dragons are considered to represent good luck.

Joseph Campbell in the The Power puff the magic dragon of Myth viewed the dragon as a symbol of bearded dragon divinity or transcendence because it represents the unity of Heaven and Earth by combining the bearded dragons serpent form (earthbound) with the bat/bird form (airborne).

Dragons are creatures that contain opposing elements. They can dragon ball gt be interpreted as a symbol of life chinese dragon rising from the chaos of the world before matter was formed. In ancient myths, dragon artwork many dragons are said to be dragon drawing swirling the earth over the Chaos of the unformed world. Tiamat was a huge bloated dragon in japanese dragon Babylonian myth whose body was used to form opposite elements chinese dragons of the cosmos (the heavens and the earth) (Lindemans, n.d.). In this way dragons can komodo dragon also symbolize the containment of all the earth's elements within one body.

Dragons embody both male and female bearded dragon breeders traits as in the example from Aboriginal myth that raises baby humans to red dragon adulthood training them for survival in the world (Littleton, 2002, p. 646). Another contrast in the way black dragon dragons are portrayed is their ability to breathe fire but live in the dragon pink ocean--water and fire together. And like in the quote from Joseph Campbell above, they also american dragon include the opposing elements dragon wallpaper of earth and sky. Dragons represent the joining of the opposing forces of the cosmos.

Yet another symbolic view of dragons dragon drawings is the Ouroborus, or the draw a dragon dragon encircling and eating its own tail. When shaped like this the dragon becomes dragon chinese a symbol of eternity, natural cycles, and completion.

The Dragon embodies paradox and in that dragon ball af aspect is a symbol for the earth itself and the order and mystery of the combinations of her forces. In the dragon sketches dragon naturally speaking dragon is the embodiment of the light and dark aspects of the crazy thing that is life. It slips through death as it sheds chinese dragon art its skin dragon software and continues life without harm. In it lives the “duality of the contrary forces essential to cosmic stability” (Theosophy, 1999). It personifies the duality dragon pics of life steel dragon found in the darkness and the light, the water and fire, the earth and the sky, the water and the earth, and blue dragon life and death. The dragon is the tribal dragon tattoo symbol that represents conscious matter rising and from chaos.

In Christianity

The Latin word for a dragon, draco (genitive: gallery of dragon tattoo draconis), actually means snake or serpent, emphasizing the European association of dragons with dragon moon x snakes. The Medieval Biblical interpretation of the Devil being associated chinese dragon tattoo with the serpent who tempted Adam and Eve, thus gave a snake-like dragon black dragons connotations of evil. Generally speaking, Biblical literature itself did american dragon jake long not portray this association (save for the Book of Revelation, whose treatment dragon fly of dragons is detailed below). The demonic opponents of God, Christ, or good Christians have commonly been tribal dragon portrayed as reptilian or chimeric.

In the Book of Job Chapter 41, the sea monster Leviathan, which has tail of the dragon some dragon-like characteristics, is described as God talks about the "king of beasts" dragon figurine that lived upon the Earth at an undefined time. dragon ballz Some people think this comes from an older water dragon Mesopotamian creation myth in which Tiamat is depicted as a goddess salt-water sea monster, while others believe it refers to a now-extinct sea creature dragon quest 8 like the Plesiosaur. citation needed]

In Revelation 12:3, an enormous red beast with seven fire dragon sword heads is described, whose tail sweeps one third of the dragon fable stars from heaven down to earth (held to be symbolic of the fall of the dragon software dragon software angels, though not commonly held among biblical scholars). In most translations, dragon fruit the word "dragon" is used to describe the beast, since in the pictures of dragons original Greek the word used is drakon (δράκον).

In iconography, some Catholic saints are depicted in the act of killing a dragon. chinese water dragon This is one of dragon ball mp3 the common aspects of Saint George in Egyptian Coptic iconography [1], on the coat of arms of Moscow, dragon coloring pages and in English and Aragonese legend. In free dragon ball x Italy, Saint Mercurialis, first bishop of the city of Forlì, is also depicted slaying a dragon.[2] Saint Julian of dragon images Le Mans and Saint Leonard of Noblac were also venerated as dragon-slayers.

Chinese Zodiac

The years 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, red dragons 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036, 2048, 2060 are considered the Year of the Dragon in green dragon the Chinese zodiac.

The Chinese zodiac purports that people born in the Year of the Dragon are japanese dragon tattoos healthy, energetic, excitable, short-tempered, dragon history and stubborn. They are also supposedly honest, sensitive, brave, and inspire confidence and trust. The Chinese zodiac purports that enter the dragon Dragon people are the most eccentric of any in the eastern dragon graphics zodiac. They supposedly neither borrow money nor make flowery speeches, but tend to ice dragon be soft-hearted which sometimes gives others an advantage over them. dragon quest They are purported to be compatible with Rats, Snakes, Monkeys, and Roosters.

In East Asia

Main article: Chinese dragon
Main article: Vietnamese dragon

Dragons are fire dragons commonly symbols of good luck/health in some parts of Asia, and black dragon tattoo are also sometimes worshipped. Asian dragons are considered as mythical white dragon rulers of weather, specifically rain and water, spyro the dragon and are usually depicted as the guardians of flaming pearls.

In China, as well as in Japan and Korea, the Azure Dragon is one of fire dragon dragon art galleries the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellation, representing spring (season), the element of Wood and the east. Chinese dragons are often shown with large komodo dragons pearls in their grasp, yet some say that it is really dragon gamez the dragon's egg. The chinese believed that the dragons lived dragon wings under water most of the time, and would sometimes offer rice as a gift to the dragons. The dragon art tattoos dragons were not shown with wings like the dragon backgrounds European dragons because it was believed they could blue dragons fly using magic.

A Yellow dragon (Huang long) with five claws on each foot, on the other hand, asian dragon symbolize imperial authority in China, and indirectly the Chinese people as well. Chinese people often use the term "Descendants of dragon mating the Dragon" as a sign of ethnic identity. The dragon dragon flies is also the symbol of royalty in Bhutan (whose sovereign is known as Druk Gyalpo, crouching tiger hidden dragon or Dragon King).

In Vietnam, the dungeons & dragons dragon (Vietnamese: rồng) is the most important and sacred symbol. According to the ancient creation myth of dragon ash the Kinh people, all Vietnamese people are mythical dragons descended from dragons through Lạc Long Quân, who married Âu Cơ, a fairy. The eldest of their 100 sons founded the first dynasty of japanese dragons Hùng Vương Emperors.

History and origins of dragons

Where the original concept of a asian dragon tattoos dragon came from is unknown, as there is no accepted scientific theory or any evidence to support that dragons dragon slayer actually exist tribal dragons or have existed.

Some believe that the dragon may have had a real-life counterpart dragon warrior from which the legends around the world arose — typically dinosaurs or other archosaurs are mentioned as a possibility — but there is no physical ice dragons evidence to support this claim, only sightings collected bearded dragon care by cryptozoologists. In a common variation of this hypothesis, giant lizards sea dragon such as Megalania are substituted for the living dinosaurs. Another dragon half less common claim is that dragons are based upon some sort of flying machines possessed by some ancient, unknown culture. fantasy dragons Some Christian creationist scholars hold that dragons are dragons lair just an exaggerated depiction of what we now bearded dragon breeders in connecticut call dinosaurs and that humans and dinosaurs (dragons) did co-exist.citation needed] All of these hypotheses are widely considered to be pseudoscience or myth.

Dinosaur fossils were california fiery bearded dragons once thought of as san fiery bearded dragon ranch "dragon bones" — a discovery in 300 BC in Wucheng, Sichuan, China, was labeled as such by celtic dragon Chang Qu.[1] It is unlikely, however, that these finds alone prompted the dungeons and dragons online legends of flying monsters,[2] but may have served to reinforce them.

Herodotus, often called the fantasy dragon pictures "father of history", visited Judea c.450 BC and wrote that he heard of caged double dragon dragons in nearby Arabia, near Petra, dragon logo Jordan. Curious, he travelled to the area and found many skeletal remains evil dragons of serpents and mentioned reports of flying serpents flying from Arabia into Egypt but being fought off by Ibises Histories. Histories (Greek). Retrieved dragon wallpapers on 2006-06-14..

According to Marco Polo's journals, Polo was walking through the last dragon Anatolia into Persia and cartoon dragons came upon real live flying dragons that attacked his party caravan in the desert and he reported that they were japanese dragon art very frightening beasts that almost killed him in an attack.citation needed] Polo dragon booster did not write his journals down — they were dictated to dragon clipart his cellmate in prison, and there is much dispute over whether this writer may have invented the dragon to embellish dragon sunglasses the tale.citation needed] Polo was also the first western man to describe Chinese "dragon bones" with early writing dragon heart on them. These bones were presumably cartoon dragon either fossils (as described by Chang Qu) or the bones of other animals.citation needed] Reference: Il Milione

It has also been suggested by dragon moon proponents of catastrophism that comets or meteor showers gave new dragon ball z rise to legends about fiery serpents in the sky.citation needed] In Old English, comets were sometimes called fyrene dracan dragon fish or fiery dragons.

One theory proposed for why the archetype of the dragon seems to be widely present in water dragons many dragon clip art cultures is that it allegedly contains elements of three predators: the leopard, the snake, and the eagle.

In Hindu mythology, Manasa and Vasuki are serpent dragon dragon like creatures associated with the dragon. [3] Indra, is the dragons pictures hindu storm god who slays Vritra, a large serpent like creature mythical dragon drawings on a mountain. [4][5]

The Vietnamese dragon is the combined image of crocodile, snake, lizard and bird. Historically, Vietnamese dragon fantasy people lived near rivers, so they venerated crocodiles as "Giao Long", the first kind dragon quest viii of angry dragon Vietnamese dragon. Then, many kinds of dragon were developed in architecture, painting, literature and Vietnamese consciousness.

In Greek mythology there are many snake or dragon dragon sword legends, usually in which a koi dragon serpent or dragon guards some treasure. A serpent dwelt, coiled up in the shield of Pallas dragon rider Athene, guardian of Athens, and the first Pelasgian kings of Athens were half dragon figurines human, half snake. The dragon Ladon, guarded dragon tatoo the Golden Apples of the Sun of the Hesperides, daughters of Atlas, who held the sky upon his shoulders. Another Serpentine Dragon fire breathing dragons guarded the Golden Fleece of Aetes, king of Colchis, protecting it from theft dragon con by Jason and the Argonauts. Similarly Pythia and Python, a pair of serpents guarded the temple puff the magic dragon lyrics of Gaia, and the Oracular dragon ash mp3 priestess by the same name, before the Delphic Oracle was seized by Apollo and the two serpents draped fantasy dragon around his winged caduceus, which he then gave to Hermes. how to draw dragons Zeus, in becoming king of the Gods on Mount Olympus, first had to conquer the Titans and their dragon ball z episodes for free to watch online last shinobi vs dragon ninja defense, the serpent Typhon. The Greek stories of Zeus and Typhon, and Hercules and Ladon seem derived from Canaanite myth where silver dragons Baal overcame Lawtan, and Israelite Yahweh overcame Leviathan. These stories too go silver dragon back still further in history 1,500 BCE, dragon statue to the Hittite or Hurrian hero Kumarbi who had to overcome the dragon Ilyukanas of the Sea. flying dragon In Babylonian myth Marduk, of the same period, conquers Tiamat, the “mother of all life” portrayed as a blue eyes white dragon serpentine dragon of the sea. But Marduk was only the last of a dragons den line of dragon-slaying kings asian dragons of the Gods. Earlier, before Babylon was more than a tiny village, Enlil, green dragons Lord Air, of the temple of E-kur (The House of the Mountain) of the ancient Sumerian city of dragon lady Nippur, became king of the Gods by slaying Tiamat by shooting the arrows of his winds spyro year of the dragon down her throat, cutting up baby dragon her body and making from her ribs the vault of the heavens. The weeping eyes of this salt-water goddess became dragon head the source of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, two of the four tribal dragon tattoos springs of the Garden of Eden.

In Australian Aboriginal mythology, the Rainbow Serpent was a culture hero dark dragons in many parts of dragon bedding the country. Known by different names in different places, from the Waugal of the South Western Nyungar, to dragon court hosting the Ganba of the North Central Deserts or the Wanambee of South Australia, the rainbow serpent, associated dragon names with the creation of waterholes and bearded dragons for sale river courses, was to be feared and respected. Modern biologists have in fact shown that how to draw a dragon amongst the extinct giant Megafauna of Australia was a chinese dragon tattoos 45ft (15metre) python, Wonambi naracoortensis, which appears to have been a water-dwelling ambush predator, and may have been in part an explanation simple dragon drawings for these Australian stories.

Apart from the Australian Aboriginal tales, most dragons are associated with grain farming dragon magick cultures and dungeon and dragons this fact offers another possible explanation for the existence of, and ambivalent relationships between humans and dragonscitation needed]. Grain farming was in pre-modern silver dragon chinese restaurant times a precarious occupation, for welsh dragon not only did one need to store sufficient grains to plant as seed next year, but also the harvest, which occurred in only one anime dragons season, needed to be stored in dragons mating such a fashion, as to give people access to sufficient carbohydrates to keep them alive for 12 dragon eye months. This was overcome in traditional villages through a communal granary, but in the absence super dragon ball z of cats, such grain storage was at baby dragons risk of being attacked by rodents. A mouse or rat plague dragon ball z gt would have been the worst outcome for pre-modern people, and in the absence of dragon lily cats, such infestations were deterred by putting a pair of snakes into the granary, with the dragons fantasy art Drako guarding the “golden horde” of the grain, the wealth of the whole community, pocket dragons from rodents and other pilferers. Early cute dragons farming people, no less than earlier hunter-gatherers are dependent upon nature, the seasons and harvests for dragon drive their livelihood. Serpents came to be seen as symbolic for this natural connection, powerful non-human beings, symbolic of dragon girl the natural world as a whole, a dungeons and dragons character generator world on which the whole human community depended.citation needed]

From being cool dragons a needed part of the community, guarding its jane and the dragon treasured grain, with the coming of cats, humankind's ambivalent feelings towards serpents dragon designs reasserted itself, and dragons were pushed away into our cultural imaginations, with St dragon picture George rescuing the maiden from being sacrificed to the dragon.citation needed]

Recently, Discovery golden dragon dragon electronic medical record software Channel ran a programme titled Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real. The programme tries to look at plausible scientific explanations learn how to draw dragons to assume a "what if" scenario, putting various theories and portraying dragons free dragon wallpapers as if they had existed.[6]

A docudrama called The Last Dragon was made by Animal Planet and the people behind black and white dragons Walking With Dinosaurs. It shows how different the world would have been british dragon if dragons had actually evolved and lived.

Dragons in world mythology

Asian dragons
Chinese dragon Lung Lung have a long, scaled serpentine dragon ball z episodes form combined with the attributes of other animals; most (but not all) are wingless, and has four claws on each foot (five for year of the dragon the imperial emblem). They are rulers of the weather and water, and a dragon roar symbol of power.
Japanese dragon Ryū Similar to Chinese and Korean dragons, with three claws anthro dragon instead of four. They are benevolent (with exceptions) and may grant pete's dragon wishes; rare in Japanese mythology.
Vietnamese dragon Rồng or dragon tattos Long These dragons' bodies curve lithely, in sine shape, with 12 fire breathing dragon sections, symbolising 12 months in the year. They are able to change the weather, and are responsible for crops. On the dragon's back are little, uninterrupted, evil dragon regular fins. The head has a long mane, beard, prominent eyes, kiss of the dragon crest on nose, but no horns. The jaw is large and slifer the sky dragon opened, with a long, thin chinese dragon paintings tongue; they always keep a châu (gem/jewel) in their mouths (a symbol of dragon naturallyspeaking humanity, nobility and knowledge).
Korean dragon Yong A sky dragon, essentially the same as the Chinese lóng. Like the medieval dragon lóng, yong and the other Korean dragons are associated with water and black tribal dragon tattoos weather.
yo A hornless ocean dragon, sometimes equated with a sea serpent.
kyo A mountain dragon.
Siberian dragon Yilbegan Related to European Turkic and Slavic dragons
Indian Dragon Vyalee Usually seen australian bearded dragon in temples of South India
European bearded dragon lizard dragons
Scandinavian & Germanic dragons lindworm A very large winged or wingless serpent dragon fire with two or no legs, the lindworm mens dragon rings is really closer to a wyvern. They were believed to eat cattle and symbolized pestilence. On the other hand, seeing one dragon ball z budokai tenkaichi 2 was considered good luck. The dragon Fafnir, killed by the legendary hero purple dragon Sigurd, was called an ormr ('worm') in Old Norse and was in effect sisqo unleash the dragon a giant snake; it neither flew dragon ball z games nor breathed fire. The dragon killed by the Old English hero Beowulf, on the other hand, did fly dragon naturally speaking 9 and breathe fire.
Slavic dragons zmey, zmiy, or zmaj Similar to the conventional European dragon usa dragon, but multi-headed. They breathe fire and/or leave ancient china dragons fiery wakes as they fly. In Slavic and related tradition, dragons symbolize evil. Specific dragons are often given bearded dragon care sheets Turkic names (see Zilant, below), symbolizing the long-standing conflict between the Slavs and Turks.
Romanian dragons balaur Balaur are very similar dragon ball city to the Slavic zmey: very large, with fins and multiple heads.
zmeu Derived from the earth dragon Slavic dragon, zmeu are humanoid figures that can celtic dragons fly and breathe fire.
Tatar dragons Zilant Really closer to a wyvern, the Zilant is the symbol of Kazan. Zilant itself chinese new year dragon is a Russian rendering of dragon force through the fire and flames Tatar yılan, i.e. snake.
Chuvash dragons Vere Celen Chuvash dragons represent the pre-Islamic mythology of the same region.
Welsh dragon Y Ddraig Goch The red dragon models dragon is the traditional symbol of Wales and appears on the Welsh national gold dragons flag.
Hungarian dragons (Sárkányok) zomok A great last dragon snake living in swamp, which regularly kills pigs or sheeps. A group of sheperds can easily kill leafy sea dragon them.
sárkánykígyó A giant winged snake, which in fact a full-grown zomok. It often dragon attack serves as flying mount of the garabonciások (a kind of magicians). The sárkánykígyó rules sea dragons over storms and bad weather.
sárkány A kind of human form dragon. Most of them are dragon ball bulma giants with multiple heads. Their strength is held in their heads. dragon cam They become gradually weaker as they lose their heads.
American dragons
Meso-American dragon Quetzalcoatl Feathered serpent deity responsible for giving knowledge dragon tiger gate to mankind, and sometimes also a symbol of death and resurrection.
Inca dragon Amaru A Dragon(sometimes called a snake) dragon chinese restaurant on the Inca Culture. The last Inca emperor Tupak Amaru's name means dragon coloring page "Lord Dragon"
Boi-tata A Dragon-like animal (sometimes like a snake) of the Brazilian indian cultures
African dragons
African dragon Amphisbaena Possibly originating in northern Africa (and later moving to Greece), this oriental dragons was a two headed dragon dead dragon (one at the front, and one on the end of its tail). The front head would dragon decals hold the tail (or neck as the case may be) in its dragon force mp3 mouth, creating a circle that allowed it to roll.
Dragon-like creatures
Basilisk A basilisk is hatched by a cockerel half dragon from a serpent's egg. It is a lizard-like or snake-like creature dark dragon that can supposedly kill by its gaze, its voice, or by touching its dragon ball gt mp3 victim. Like Medusa, a basilisk may be destroyed by seeing itself in a mirror.
Leviathan In Hebrew mythology, a dragon ball z movies leviathan was a large creature similar to a crocodile with fierce teeth; in the Bible, dragon jewelry the leviathan can breathe fire. Over time, the term came to free dragon fantasy wallpaper mean any large sea monster; in modern Hebrew, "leviathan" simply means whale. A sea blue eyes ultimate dragon serpent is also closely related to the dragon, though it is more snakelike and lives in the water.
Wyvern Much more dragon quest 8 walkthrough similar to a dragon speak dragon than the other creatures listed here, a wyvern is a winged serpent dragons tail with either two or no legs. The term wyvern is used in heraldry to distinguish free dragon drawing two-legged from four-legged dragons.

Notable dragons

In myth

  • Azhi Dahaka was a three-headed dungeons and dragons character sheets demon often characterized as dragon-like in Persian Zoroastrian free dragon pictures mythology.
  • Similarly, Ugaritic myth describes a seven-headed sea serpent named Lotan.
  • The Hydra of Greek mythology is a water serpent with multiple heads. When one was chopped dragon skin off, two would regrow in its place. This creature was vanquished by dragon stencil Heracles and his cousin.
  • Smok Wawelski was a oriental dragon Polish dragon who was supposed to have terrorized the shadow dragon hills around Krakow in the Middle Ages.
  • Y Ddraig Goch is now the stained glass dragon symbol of Wales (see flag, above), originally appearing as the red dragon from the Mabinogion story Lludd and Llevelys.
  • Nidhogg, a dragon in Norse mythology, dragon lilly was said to live in the darkest female dragon part of the Underworld, awaiting Ragnarok. At that time he would be released to wreak destruction japan dragon on the world.

In fiction

Dragons remain fixtures in fantasy books, though chinese water dragons portrayals of their nature differ. For example, Smaug, from The Hobbit by J. R. dragon masks R. Tolkien, who is a dragon mythology classic, European-type dragon; deeply magical, he hoards treasure and burns innocent towns. In Anne McCaffrey's Pern series, however, "dragons" (really genetically modified fire-lizards) feature prominently dragon tree as workhorses, paired with so-called dragonriders to protect the planet from a deadly threat. maleficent dragon Likewise the role medieval dragons of Dragons in Eragon and Eldest are extremely cunning, wise, and powerful creatures.

In Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea series, the portrayal of real dragons dragons undergoes significant changes from book to book. The dragon Yavaud in the first agv dragon helmet book bears some resemblance to Tokien's aforementioned Smaug: he chinese dragon drawing had killed the humans in a town (they were notorious dragon ball z pictures robbers themselves) and took possesion of their hoard.

However, dragons in this world dragon pendants are something more: they are native speakers of "The dragon slayer on runescape Languge of the Creation", which is the foundation of all magic. A human that dragons are willing heart of a dragon to talk to is a "Dragonlord" (and very few attain that distinction); humans can dream of paper dragon thomas and friends no more with regard to dragons. In later books, rock the dragon dragons are more and more depicted as noble creatures, and it is finally hinted that Segoy, the closest which shinobi vs. dragon ninja this world has to a Creator God, was a dragon or manifested dragon costume Himself as a dragon.

Still later in the series, the novel concept is introduced that humans dragon lance and dragons were once a single race, which divided in two at dragon tattoo flash ancient times, and some rare humans (always women) grenadier models dragon lords are still able to change back and forth between the two shapes.

On the mystical dragons completely opposite end of the spectrum are the dragons puff the magic dragon mp3 in Harry Turtledove's Darkness series, a magical analogue of the Second World War. There, dragons are completley dumb snap dragon (and rather nasty) beasts, highly pugnacious and under incomplete human bearded dragon cages control. In the story line they are the analogue of fighter planes and dragon riders are obviously intended to represent fighter pilots of dragon action figures the Luftwaffe and the RAF.

Dragons have been portrayed in several movies dragon myspace layouts of the past few decades, and dragon sculptures in many different forms. In Dragonslayer (1981), an intense, fairly realistic "sword and sorcerer"-type film set in medieval Britain, a dragon terrorizes dragon yin yang a town's population. In contrast, Dragonheart (1996), though dragons fighting also given a medieval context, was a much lighter action/adventure movie that spoofed the "terrorizing free dragon tattoo flash dragon" stereotype, and depicts dragons as usually good beings, who in red dragon tattoo fact often save the lives of humans. cute dragon Dragons can also be passionate protectors, just like the dragoness in Shrek and Shrek 2, who dragon ball z screenshots displays her love for a donkey. Reign of Fire (2002), also dark and gritty, dealt with the dragon blanket consequences of dormant dragons dragon paintings artwork reawakened in the modern world.

Dragons are common (especially as non-player characters) in Dungeons & Dragons and in dragon quest viii walkthrough some computer fantasy role-playing games, such as the MMORPG RuneScape, World of Warcraft, the Final Fantasy series, Breath of Fire series, Fire eastern dragon Emblem series, and is also a type in the Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Magic pics of dragons the Gathering games. They, soup dragons like many other dragons in modern culture, run the full range of good, evil, and everything in bearded dragon tank between; from good dragon Myrrh the Manakete in Fire Emblem: the dragon ball z budokai 3 Sacred Stones, all the way down to World of Warcraft's evil Deathwing, Onyxia, and Nefarian.

Bahamut is dragon balls commonly referred to, particularly in many works of fantasy fiction, as being the "King play dungeons and dragons of Dragons." He is generally described as a large, dark gray or black dragon chinese dragon pictures with a mythril hide, who can chinese zodiac dragon often stand on two legs.

On the lighter side, Puff the dragon coloring books Magic Dragon was first a poem, later a song made famous by Peter, Paul and Mary, that has become a dragon fable cheats pop-culture mainstay. The poem tells of an ageless dragon who befriends a young boy, only to be abandoned facts on the komodo dragon as the boy ages and dies. Other references to dragons in flame dragon music come from Power Metal bands red eyes black dragon such as DragonForce.

As emblems

The dragon is the emblem of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The spellbinder land of the dragon lord dvd city has a dragon bridge which is embellished with four bone dragon dragons. The city's basketball club are nicknamed the "Green Dragons". Licence plates on cars from the city dragon boy also feature a dragon.

See also

Look up dragon in Wiktionary, dragon dances the free dictionary.
Wikimedia Commons has media related to:
  • List of dragons
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  • Komodo Dragon
  • Dragonesses

Further reading

  • Dragons, A Natural History by Dr. Karl Shuker Simon & Schuster dragon sculpture (1995) ISBN 0-684-81443-9
  • The Flight of Dragons by Peter Dickinson HarperCollins (1981) ISBN 0-06-011074-0
  • Dragonology by Dr. dragon tails Ernest Drake
  • A Book of Dragons by Ruth Manning-Sanders (a drawings of dragons representative collection of dragon fairy tales from around the world)


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5. Theosophical University Press. "Encyclopedia Theosophical Glossary Dis – Diz. (1999). Dragons. http://www.theosociety.org/Pasadena.etgloss.dis-diz.htm.

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