It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so I thought I should stay in the world of magical creatures that will keep us connected to fantasy. I like all animals, real or not, but dragons have a special place in my heard. From the adorable Toothless to the young and uncontrollable Norbert and even the big and sometimes evil Drogon, I love them all. This is why I decided to write an article about some of the best dragon characters in the literature.
Temeraire the Dragon
Temeraire is the dragon that also gives the name of the series written by Naomi Novik. The series has nine volumes that reinterpret history imagining how the Napoleonic War would have looked like if there were dragons involved.
Temeraire is intelligent, lovable, huggable. Should I say more? He is the perfect dragon.
He slept once again in the small tent by his side, even though he thought Temeraire was well over his distress, and was rewarded in the morning by being woken early, Temeraire peering into the tent with one great eye…
The books are well written, and if your soul is still young and you crave for a book that will have that “How To Train Your Dragon” feeling, but also be a little bit mature, then these novels are what you need.
Smaug the Dragon
Smaug is a dragon character created by J. R. R. Tolkien for his novel “The Hobbit”. He was considered to be the last of his kind and from my point of view, that was one of the reasons why he was mean. The poor guy was probably lonely.
For 171 years he acted like a hoarder and collected an enormous treasure (you have to give him points for this; he was a stylish hoarder attracted only by shiny and expensive things) and didn’t harm anybody until a group of Dwarves entered his Lonely Mountain and interrupted his hibernation.
The treasure is likely to be your death, though the dragon is no more! (Roac to Thorin)
Yes, I know, the Mountain belonged first to the Dwarves and, yes, Smaug killed many of them when he conquered it and made it his own, but I still feel pity for the big fellow.
I am not a very big Tolkien fan (don’t throw rocks at me), but I found “The Hobbit” novel more interesting that “The Lord of The Rings” series, and I really liked Smaug and this is why I think he deserves a place in this article.
Falkor the dragon
Falkor is a character that you can find in Michael Ende’s book “The Neverending Story”. The protagonist of the novel is Bastian Balthazar Bux, a young boy who lacks love after the death of his mother.
There are many kinds of joy, but they all lead to one: the joy to be loved.
So who is Falkor if the main character is Bastian? He is a wise, fluffy and adorable luck dragon that has ruby eyes. He lives in the fairy world of Fantasia and just as all friendly and sociable creatures, he hates to be alone and always seek the company of another being.
“The Neverending Story” is a tale for both children and adults and this dragon will be loved by the all readers regardless of the age one has.
Saphira the Dragon
Saphira is the only female dragon I know (please tell me if you know another one). She is the star of Christopher Paolini’s “Inheritance Cycle”. The series is very criticized and you other love it or hate it, but keep in mind that the author wrote his novels in his teenage years.
Saphira is a blue dragon, just as her name implies. She is very wise and protective but also can be considered vain.
Saphira to Eragon: “If anything happens, I’m going to pin you to my back and never let you off.
Eragon: I love you too.
The series is formed by 4 books and I must admit that I read only the first one, “Eragon”, and stopped after it. I didn’t continue reading the novels, not because I didn’t like it, but because I was learning for my finals that period, so I didn’t have time for belletristic.
There is a movie made after “Eragon”, but I advise you not to watch it because it’s horrible and doesn’t compare to the books.
There is also the series “Dragonriders of Pern” written by Anne McCaffrey but I haven’t read it, so I cannot talk about them. I did however seen the Sean Connery ecranization of “Dragonheart” when I was little and really liked it. And of course the most mainstream dragons from A Song of Ice and Fire (Viserion, Drogon, Rhaegal), but they so popular that I don’t what else to say about them what that hasn’t been already said.