Dragon Lore

So, what do we know about dragons? According to medieval legend, St George killed a dragon in Libya to save a king’s daughter that was offered as a sacrifice to it to appease the beast. This dragon is often depicted as winged, serpentine, with two or no legs.

Dragon is derived from the Latin word Draco which comes from the Greek word δράκων meaning gazer, or one who gazes. The dragon standard entered the East Roman legions after the Dacian wars of the 2nd century AD.

In Germanic mythology the word for dragon is wyrm, meaning serpent or snake. One such notorious dragon is Nidhogg who gnaws at the roots of the World Tree.

In Arthurian Legend, the dragon has four legs, webbed wings, and is covered in scales, much like the dragon adopted on the Welsh flag.

Finally, the Far Eastern dragons are serpentine with very long bodies and may have legs but no wings.

Can any of you think of more cases where dragons are encountered in art, mythology, sculptures?

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