Trying not to cower.  Trying.  Not necessarily succeeding.

Trying not to cower. Trying. Not necessarily succeeding.

 

There may not be a more ubiquitous creature than the dragon in the whole of human mythology.  Dragons appear in folklore from a multitude of cultures from several thousand years B.C. into the Middle Ages and even later.

There are several possible reasons for this phenomenon.  Anthropologist David Jones suggests that dragons contain features from a number of creatures that people are biologically programmed to fear (snakes, big cats, and birds of prey) and they feature widely in human mythology because of these shared instinctive fears.  I think it's more just because dragons are freaking cool.

Dragons also feature heavily in contemporary literature, and they seem to only be growing in popularity.  In the early 20th century, there are a few significant dragons featured in literature, but by the end of the 20th century and into the 21st there's a huge boom in literary dragons.  Another curiosity is that dragons have gone from being depicted as villains (in many cases as evil incarnate) in Western literature to the opposite extreme in recent days.  Current well-known dragons across many media are decidedly heroic.  (Saphira and Toothless come immediately to mind.)

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Look at dat face. Cutest.

Anyway, back to the freaking cool thing.  Dragons rock.  They're big and imposing and they have wings and they breathe fire!  What could be cooler than that?  Oh yeah, they're cunning.  Well established as the coolest personality trait.

As usual, there are several pages worth of information that I could give you about dragons and how great they are, but as usual I'm going to encourage you to do some research on your own.  Here are some links to help you!

Go here for Wikipedia's Dragon page.  Very interesting info.

Go here for the fan site of Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series.

Here's another picture of Toothless.  You should definitely see How to Train Your Dragon if you haven't.

For real.  Cutest dragon of all time.

For real. Cutest dragon of all time.

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  • Who drew the massive dragon at the beginning of this page?

  • I need to hug all of my dragons!

So, what do you think?