The dragon: a symbol of life and power!

Hello everyone,

First of all, let me introduce myself. I am S-P Decroix, author of “The Princess of the ends of Time” which will be released at the beginning of Lysons Éditions. When my publisher (Leandro De Carvalho) asked his authors if they wanted to participate in the blog of the publishing house to speak literature, I immediately accepted. But suddenly, my little brain got overheated … once again. For it is not ideas that are lacking to discuss literature. I have therefore cooled my neurons (it is necessary if I want to continue writing) and thought of all the creatures that populate our imaginary adult and child. But where do you start? There are so many and so many! So I said to myself:

“What could be more noble, more dangerous, such attractive as frightening as THE DRAGON?”

A symbol of life and power in China, protector in Indonesia, protector of treasures in Ancient Greece or even evil and a ravisher of princesses in medieval Europe, this legendary creature is often represented as a gigantic animal, winged, provided with claws Lion and a snake tail.

Its Latin etymology “draco” is derived from the Greek “drakeîn” itself coming from the verb “dérkomai” meaning “to see clear”.

Several myths and legends about this fabulous animal have mingled with one another to finally grant him his form that we all know him today.

Indeed, it is necessary to know that the western dragons are different from the Asian dragons. Among the Westerners, especially in the Greco-Roman, Norse or Celtic myths, the dragon is above all an animal of reptilian form (winged of course), but above all spitting fire, which binds it to the earth element. It is for this reason that he is often attached to more “basic” things, more “down to earth”: he is then the fierce guardian of fabulous treasures. In the Western mind, the dragon is also an evil creature, and because of its specific form, it also embodies evil. This is why the archangel Michael fights it.

Asian dragons are also related to the forces of nature, but not specifically to fire. How many accounts, and more precisely of mangas, show them associated with the other elements: water, air, ice, wood, metal? In reality, here (in Europe), it is above all, linked to water. In Asian beliefs, dragons are not hostile creatures either. They do not necessarily have wings.

It is the fifth animal of Chinese astrology (and by the way, this is my sign), where it is the symbol of luck. Many emperors are of this sign and great festivities are given the years of the dragon. The nickname of the very famous Bruce Lee is “Little Dragon”.

The symbolism of its horns would come from astrology and its place in the ranking of the calendar, carried out during a race under the aegis of either the Jade Emperor or Buddha.

In any case, the pig (or the pig according to the divergences of the calendars), mu in arbiter, has sown the zizanie among the animals (that is why it is relegated to the last place) and to calm the dragon, Offered him his horns as a crown for the king of aquatic animals.

In any case, they are incredible fantastic animals, of an extraordinary intelligence, endowed with thoughts, sometimes speech and often linked to magic. It would also seem that the scales (or the skin according to legends), the blood and sometimes the claws (even the teeth) of dragons are provided with incredible properties.

Where to find dragons?

(List incomplete because too, too long !!!)

Books / mangas:


The Endless Story, Michael Ende

The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien

Harry Potter of J. K. Rowling

Tara Duncan by Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian

Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth

The Iron Throne of George R. R. Martin

The Royal Assassin, The Adventurers of the Sea and The Cities of the Ancients by Robin Hobb

The Legend of Drizzt by R. A. Salvatore

Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima

Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z by Akira Toryama

Games


Dungeon and Dragon (board game and movies)

Dream of Dragon (role-playing)

Drakkhen (video game)

Warcraft (video game)

Dragon Age (video game)

And many others…

Movies


Excalibur (1981)

The Endless Story (1984)

Heart of the Dragon (1996)

Dungeons & Dragons (2000) and Dungeons & Dragons, the Supreme Power (2006): Inspired by role play.

Dragons, Dragons 2 (2014): 3D animation movies.

Me, Arthur, 12 years old, dragon hunter [] (2010)


I hope you enjoyed this article.

See you soon !

Article written by S-P DECROIX.

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