History OurDragonsAreDifferent / Literature

26th Nov '17 2:17:24 PM Malady
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* In ''ImagineSomeday'', "true" dragons died out a long time ago, but wyverns appear in the story. They don't like being mistaken for their four-legged cousins and unlike many of the other examples here have no magic powers to speak of.

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* In ''ImagineSomeday'', ''Literature/ImagineSomeday'', "true" dragons died out a long time ago, but wyverns appear in the story. They don't like being mistaken for their four-legged cousins and unlike many of the other examples here have no magic powers to speak of.
19th Nov '17 11:49:36 AM Drakos25
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* Festus in ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus''.

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* Festus in ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus''. ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' is an automaton dragon made of [[MagicMetal celestial bronze.]] Though there are other examples of real dragons through out the series, such as Peleus, the young dragon that lives at Camp Half-Blood and guards the golden fleece that currently resides on the property. There are also drakons, which are a separate species from dragons and implied to be even more fearsome. What distinguishes a dragon from a drakon is that drakons are an older species, are longer, more snake like and typically lack wings or fire breath, but do have scales tougher than titanium, spit/breath acidic venom that can corrode metal, and eyes that can paralyze people with fear. A drakon's only weakspots appear to be its eyes or inside its mouth, making killing one no easy task.
25th Sep '17 4:22:20 AM azbyc15243
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* Dragons in ''LightNovel/UnlimitedFafnir'' are NighInvulnerable monsters that are essentially living natural disasters, and all of them are different. [[GravityMaster Leviathan]] resembles a giant whale, [[FromASingleCell Hekatonkheir]] a humanoid giant, [[DisintegratorRay Basilisk]] a giant lizard with diamond scales, [[SoulPower Hraesvelgr]] a giant bird, [[ShockAndAwe Yggdrasil]] a giant tree, [[ImaginationBasedSuperpower Vritra]] a black Western dragon (being the only one that actually has the traditional appearance), [[{{Antimatter}} Kraken]] a giant cephalopod made of metal, and [[spoiler:[[TheHero Yuu]] and [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Charlotte]]]] are indistinguishable from humans. It's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:they are actually "counterdragons", created by the world itself as a defense against "true dragons". True dragons are defined as any disaster which threatens the world, and they're even stranger than the counterdragons. For example, two of the true dragons are Atlantean civilisation and modern human civilisation.]]
23rd Jul '17 2:47:57 AM Piterpicher
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* Creator/AndreNorton and Creator/MercedesLackey teamed up to write ''TheHalfbloodChronicles'', in which a half-elven girl is raised by a foster family made up of dragons. The dragons are from another world, are evidently mammalian, have electricity-based powers and poisonous talons[[note]]though apparently only to elves[[/note]], and are supremely talented [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Shapeshifters]]. Dragon 'shaman' are capable of using other abilities as well.

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* Creator/AndreNorton and Creator/MercedesLackey teamed up to write ''TheHalfbloodChronicles'', ''Literature/TheHalfbloodChronicles'', in which a half-elven girl is raised by a foster family made up of dragons. The dragons are from another world, are evidently mammalian, have electricity-based powers and poisonous talons[[note]]though apparently only to elves[[/note]], and are supremely talented [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Shapeshifters]]. Dragon 'shaman' are capable of using other abilities as well.
17th Jul '17 7:36:53 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/ARRRRoberts' '' The Soddit,'' (a parody of ''Literature/TheHobbit'') dragons are the final stage of the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarven]] life-cycle, with Wizards being the ''instar'' between the two.

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* In Creator/ARRRRoberts' '' The Soddit,'' Creator/AdamRoberts' ''The Soddit'', (a parody of ''Literature/TheHobbit'') dragons are the final stage of the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarven]] life-cycle, with Wizards being the ''instar'' between the two.
16th Jul '17 10:36:29 AM nombretomado
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* David Weber's ''Literature/HellsGate'' series features dragons used as weapons of war by the Arcanan Union, though these dragons are the result of a long-running magical bioengineering program and come in several different varieties, including transport and attack versions, the latter divided by their type of breath weapon. They are intelligent, at least on level with horses, seem to have some degree of psionic sensitivity, and for all intents and purposes are living, breathing WW2 combat aircraft-the dragon-riding corps is even named the Arcanan Air Force.

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* David Weber's ''Literature/HellsGate'' series features dragons used as weapons of war by the Arcanan Union, though these dragons are the result of a long-running magical bioengineering program and come in several different varieties, including transport and attack versions, the latter divided by their type of breath weapon. They are intelligent, at least on level with horses, seem to have some degree of psionic sensitivity, and for all intents and purposes are living, breathing WW2 [=WW2=] combat aircraft-the dragon-riding corps is even named the Arcanan Air Force.
25th Jun '17 1:33:08 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Literature/TheGuardians'', dragons are unintelligent monsters from the Chaos realm. Only one has been released in recorded history, and it rampaged across half the world before it was finally killed. Their blood taints anything it touches with the aura of Chaos.

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* In ''Literature/TheGuardians'', ''Literature/{{The Guardians|MeljeanBrook}}'', dragons are unintelligent monsters from the Chaos realm. Only one has been released in recorded history, and it rampaged across half the world before it was finally killed. Their blood taints anything it touches with the aura of Chaos.
20th Jun '17 6:39:03 PM dvorak
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* In Creator/ARRRRoberts' '' The Soddit,'' (a parody of ''Literature/TheHobbit'') dragons are the final stage of the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarven]] life-cycle, with Wizards being the ''instar'' between the two.
8th Jun '17 12:49:33 PM Theriocephalus
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* There's only one dragon in David Eddings' ''{{Belgariad}}'', a female, who's all that's left after the two males killed each other during their first mating season. The dragon in that series is stupid, animalistic and has burning blood, but besides the blood is more of a shot at the Smaug-dragons of the twentieth century (see below).

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* There's only one dragon in David Eddings' ''{{Belgariad}}'', ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'', a female, who's all that's left after the two males killed each other during their first mating season. The dragon in that series is stupid, animalistic and has burning blood, but besides the blood is more of a shot at the Smaug-dragons of the twentieth century (see below).



* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Dragons have four limbs, with wings attached to their forelimbs. They breath fire and are very closely associated with fire and magic. Their blood is so hot that it burns, and they only eat cooked meat. Their existence makes fire and blood magic more powerful. When born, they are little larger than cats, but they never stop growing and can live for at least 200 years. The largest dragon yet known could swallow a mammoth and cover a town in its shadow. They lay colorful eggs that match the markings of the dragon inside, but they're a OneGenderRace that reproduces by parthenogenesis. Newly-hatched dragons can survive on human breast milk. They seemingly have similar intelligence to that of great apes. The series also has stories of ice dragons, which are supposed to be made of living ice and live in a frozen waste beyond the northern seas, though they are as yet unconfirmed. The ironborn also have legends featuring marine monsters known as sea dragons.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Dragons have four limbs, with wings attached to their forelimbs. They breath fire and are very closely associated with fire and magic. Their blood is so hot that it burns, and they only eat cooked meat. Their existence makes fire and blood magic more powerful. When born, they are little larger than cats, but they never stop growing and can live for at least 200 years. The largest dragon yet known could swallow a mammoth and cover a town in its shadow. They lay colorful eggs that match the markings of the dragon inside, but they're a OneGenderRace that reproduces by parthenogenesis. Newly-hatched dragons can survive on human breast milk. They seemingly have similar intelligence to that of great apes. apes.
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The series also has stories of ice dragons, which are supposed to be made of living ice and live in a frozen waste beyond the northern seas, though whether they are really exist is as yet unconfirmed. The ironborn also have legends featuring marine monsters known as sea dragons.



* In ''Literature/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'', Creator/JKRowling describes all sorts of dragons which possess powerful magic but aren't especially bright. Most are European in design, except for the Chinese Fireball. In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]'', Harry also kills a Basilisk ([[OurMonstersAreDifferent here portrayed as a giant, vaguely dragonish snake]]), and nearly dies of its venom. This may be a ShoutOut to Beowulf, Carston, Sigurd, Thor, and many, many others.
** On the other hand, J. K. Rowling is supposedly a fan of Graeco-Roman mythology, and basilisks as described by Pliny are so poisonous that when a man on horseback once killed one with a spear, the poison traveled up the spear, killing the rider and the horse as well.

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* In ''Literature/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'', Creator/JKRowling describes all sorts of dragons which possess powerful magic but aren't especially bright. Most are European in design, except for the Chinese Fireball. In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]'', Harry also kills a Basilisk ([[OurMonstersAreDifferent here portrayed as a giant, vaguely dragonish snake]]), and nearly dies of its venom. This may be a ShoutOut to Beowulf, Carston, Sigurd, Thor, Aside from its size and many, many others.
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deadly gaze, this depiction is identical to the other hand, basilisks of Graeco-Roman mythology, as J. K. Rowling is supposedly a fan of Graeco-Roman mythology, it, and basilisks as described by Pliny are snakes so poisonous that when a man on horseback once killed one with a spear, the poison traveled up the spear, killing the rider and the horse as well.



** There are three kinds of dragons in Middle Earth, actually - winged dragons, like Smaug; fire drakes, which can breathe fire but can't fly, and cold drakes, which can do neither. All are descended from the ancient fire drake Glaurung, whose origin was never totally revealed, save that it was connected to Morgoth. All the dragons seen on page were evil and also highly intelligent and magically powerful, to the extent that they might be said to have MagnificentBastard as their [[PlanetOfHats hat]]. Glaurung and Smaug were especially intelligent. Glaurung was also described as having hypnotic eyes and was accompanied by a great stench. No other dragons were described as having these qualities (though Smaug was hinted at having them; specifically, his soft belly became encrusted with melted treasure (perhaps masking his scent), and Bilbo mentioned not wanting to get caught in his gaze, even if he was invisible).

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** There are three kinds of dragons in Middle Earth, actually - Earth -- winged dragons, like Smaug; fire drakes, drakes or Urulóki, which can breathe fire but can't fly, and cold drakes, which can do neither. All Winged dragons are technically a subset of the fire drakes, and all are descended from the ancient fire drake Glaurung, whose origin was never totally revealed, save that it was connected to Morgoth. All the dragons seen on page were evil and also highly intelligent and magically powerful, to the extent that they might be said to have MagnificentBastard as their [[PlanetOfHats hat]]. Glaurung and Smaug were especially intelligent. Glaurung was also described as having hypnotic eyes and was accompanied by a great stench. No other dragons were described as having these qualities (though Smaug was hinted at having them; specifically, his soft belly became encrusted with melted treasure (perhaps masking his scent), and Bilbo mentioned not wanting to get caught in his gaze, even if he was invisible).



** Smaug broke from the Western tradition by being intelligent and capable of speech. This was so successful a [[TropeMakers trendsetter]] that the older mindless, animalistic Western dragon is now a decided minority (at least in {{fantasy}} {{literature}}). Tolkien, who was a fan of Myth/NorseMythology, drew his inspiration for Smaug from two famous dragons: Fafnir, of the ''Literature/PoeticEdda'' and ''Literature/VolsungaSaga'', and the unnamed dragon who fought Literature/{{Beowulf}}. Like Fafnir, Smaug is intelligent and can talk, and has a softer underbelly. Like Beowulf's bane, Smaug is winged and breathed fire, and is enraged by the theft of a cup from his hoard and emerges to lay waste to the countryside. (Smaug also shows some original characteristics, like a fondness for riddles and HypnoticEyes.) Their weakpoint is their stomach/chest, which is the only part of them that isn't covered with armored scales. No mention is made of a desire to eat damsels, or at least they don't seem to enjoy them more than anyone else. They do have a DragonHoard, which they typically stole from someone else. This led to a bitter rivalry between Dwarves and Dragons.
*** Interestingly, in the animated version of ''WesternAnimation/TheHobbit'', Smaug has [[http://www.thehobbit-movie-buzz.com/wp-content/uploads/hobbit/large_smaug_dragon_from_thehobbit_animated-r7nn9rsi.jpg a furry back ruff and somewhat lupine/vulpine head,]] but also a large body and wings, a sort of Eastern/Western hybrid. Perhaps this is due to it being a Japanese/American co-production.

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** Smaug broke from the Western tradition by being intelligent and capable of speech. This was so successful a [[TropeMakers trendsetter]] that the older mindless, animalistic Western dragon is now a decided minority (at least in {{fantasy}} {{literature}}). Tolkien, who was a fan of Myth/NorseMythology, drew his inspiration for Smaug from two famous dragons: Fafnir, of the ''Literature/PoeticEdda'' and ''Literature/VolsungaSaga'', and the unnamed dragon who fought Literature/{{Beowulf}}. Like Fafnir, Smaug is intelligent and can talk, and has a softer underbelly. Like Beowulf's bane, Smaug is winged and breathed fire, and is enraged by the theft of a cup from his hoard and emerges to lay waste to the countryside. (Smaug also shows some original characteristics, like a fondness for riddles and HypnoticEyes.) Their weakpoint is their stomach/chest, which is the only part of them that isn't covered with armored scales. No mention is made of a desire to eat damsels, or at least they don't seem to enjoy them more than anyone else. They do have a DragonHoard, which they typically stole from someone else. This led to a bitter rivalry between Dwarves and Dragons.
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Dragons. Interestingly, in the animated version of ''WesternAnimation/TheHobbit'', Smaug has [[http://www.thehobbit-movie-buzz.com/wp-content/uploads/hobbit/large_smaug_dragon_from_thehobbit_animated-r7nn9rsi.jpg a furry back ruff and somewhat lupine/vulpine head,]] but also a large body and wings, a sort of Eastern/Western hybrid. Perhaps this is due to it being a Japanese/American co-production.
17th May '17 8:43:03 PM kegisak
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* Dragons in ''Literature/Birthright2017'' are intelligent, having formed a tribal society and organized trade deals with humans. They're born small, bipedal and wingless, but grow wings and gradually become large and quadrupedal as they age, and they're supremely talented shapeshifters and craftsmen.
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