Random House Webster's College Dictionary

drag-on (drag`en), n. (Gk, drakon, kind of serpent, probably orig. epithet, akin to derkesthai to look) 1. a mythical monster generally represented as a huge winged reptile with a crested head, often spouting fire.  2. Archaic. a huge serpent or snake.

Dragons are one of the most common of the classical myths. Nearly every culture has some type of monster or huge lizard that is capable of breathing fire or controlling weather. Dragons come in all shapes and sizes, colors and appearances, good and evil; how the dragon looks, what its temperment is, what it's alignment (good vs evil) is, depends upon which culture is relating the story.

They can be known by many names: wurm, wyrm, drake, lung, dragon, hydra. Descriptions of their temperment range from the benevolent Puff to the terrible Smaug of J.R.R. Tolkien's famous novels. Disney's dragon in Sleeping Beauty, the German giant-turned-wyrm Fafnir,  the Babylonian queen of darkness Tiamat; the list goes on.

They are typically covered with scales like a fish, and many myths say they are able to breath fire as a weapon. Many have magical powers, such as the ability to control the weather, fly without wings, immortal life, the ability to change their shape at will, telepathy. Some dragons may have a modification of their breath weapon (frost, lightning, gas) but this appears to be purely a fabrication of fantasy role-playing games and the myths they spawn.

This editorial sets out to explain dragons as objectively as possible. It is constantly being updated as I get time to add more parts to it.


What happened to dragons? Eastern dragons
Sea serpents Symbolic dragons
Dragon Colors Physiology
Christian dragons Medieval dragons
Television/Movie Dragons Dragons in Literature
Modern dragons Real world dragons


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