Proudfoot’s Dragons.

As this is The Year of The Dragon and a much anticipated movie with a Dragon in it is to be released later this year, Proudfoot has opened his Journals to Dragons.  This is a short, but informative and descriptive essay about Dragons, the great creatures of stories and legends.

Part One: Myth and Legend.

Everybody knows what dragons are: enormous, fierce, bloodthirsty creatures appearing in fairy tales and legends. Their main function in stories and Fairy tales is to set off the bravery of the knights or heroes who challenge them.

The adult dragon is usually arrogant, clever, powerful and sure of its strength. Most have wings for flight and hollow bones for lightness. These winged animals are the largest known flying creatures.

Generally it is considered that there are three main families of winged dragons, Earth Dragons, Water Dragons and Fire Dragons. There is a fourth family, the rare golden Air Dragons.

There are dragons, ancient survivors from the distant past, with stumpy legs and no wings. These survivors are intelligent and fairly aggressive, and belong to a separate species known as “worms of the deep”.

Black dragon


A dragon’s body is covered with tough, shiny scales that can be any hue of the rainbow. Dragons vary from brown to green (Earth), blue to white (Water), red to black (Fire) and golden hues (Air).

The scales are also protective armour for the dragon. This scaly armour is not found on their stomach, due to their habit of burrowing underground as they build adjoining chambers to their chosen cave of residence.

Using its own saliva, a dragon sticks precious stones on the abdomen for protection, thus creating a magnificent jewelled breastplate which doubles as strong armour.

Dragons covet precious stones, jewels and other treasure and love to acquire them from humans through various methods; robbery, looting, trade, barter – by any means fair or foul.

A Dragon finds it difficult to part with a single item from its hoard. It memorises every item in its possession and knows when something goes missing. If an item is stolen, the dragon sets out to wreak terrible vengeance on those responsible for removing that precious item.


The gold and jewels in a dragon’s hoard serves a specific purpose in that the creature loves nothing more than to sleep on a bed of treasure.

Dragons are fascinated by mysteries, word puzzles and riddles. Sometimes a dragon will test its wits against a human. But the sound of a dragon’s voice can have a bewitching effect and those reckless enough to pause and listen remain spellbound and can become the dragon’s next victim.

Many of these characteristics are very familiar to those who have been fortunate enough to have read ‘The Hobbit’ by J.R.R. Tolkien, for most describe the characteristics of Smaug the Golden.

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