I believe in dragons!
Beings larger than life with an overbearing presence. I don’t really think there are huge, fire-breathing beasts hidden somewhere in a cave or pocket universe (although, that is a cool thought). But people can channel the strength and determination of a dragon, making them a force to be dealt with.
In The Moorigad Dragon, the main character (Kyra) is a mere young thing from her parent’s point of view. But to the average person, her eighty-three years would equal a lot of gained experience and knowledge―hopefully. Dragons were thought to live extremely long lives.
Did dragons ever exist? Probably not, but every myth comes from somewhere. I like to think they are born from some sliver of fact (check out our comments on the topic in the Immortal Monday – A Dragon’s Birth Revealed).
What may have contributed to dragon folklore?
You’ve probably heard of the Komodo Dragon. Picture one but bigger―a lot bigger. Long, long ago the Aboriginals of Australia would sometimes find themselves fighting off a massive sized Komodo, known as the Megalania. The massive beast could reach up to twenty-six feet in length and weigh up to 4,300 pounds. That’s one big lizard. Possibly, the birth of dragon lore?
The gigantic python is another feeder of the myth. In Korean legends, the Imoogi is a massive snake-like-creature thought to be a juvenile dragon. The Imoogi live in the waterways for close to a thousand years before ascending to the stars to become a full dragon. The Titanoboa is a now-extinct, prehistoric relative to the python. Such a snake could have easily fueled the legend of Imoogi. Titanoboas could grow up to forty-six feet long. Can you imagine stumbling across one?
Through the protagonist in The Moorigad Dragon, we learn a few dragon terms. Let’s explore.
- Dragonling: The equivalent of a baby or toddler―a baby dragon.
- Dragonet: Think teenager or adolescent and you probably have this one figured out. It is basically a teen dragon.
- Talon: A sharp animal claw, or in this case, a dragon’s claw.
A few more terms may be explored in a follow-up novella:
- Drakaina: Meaning female dragon in Ancient Greece. The Drakaina is said to have human-like features.
- Quan: A dragon in full beast form, according to Chinese myths.
- Ban: A dragon that is part dragon and part human form, according to Chinese myths.
- Ren: A dragon in human form, according to Chinese myths.
The protagonist is part Chinese dragon. So the use of the Chinese terms could fit in the story nicely. BUT—there is a benefit in creating your own titles and names. What do you think? Do you enjoy the use of real terms that challenge your knowledge? Or do you prefer new words created for the story only?
Do you enjoy the legends of dragons? Have any dragon speak to share with us (creative or accurate)?
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17 thoughts on “Talk of Dragons – Immortal Monday”
Well, you know how I feel about dragons. Love them! I’m more partial to European dragons. Whatever form they take, they are gorgeous, graceful creatures. I absolutely do think they’re living in a pocket universe somewhere. And it’s a place I want to visit. 🙂
Finding dragons in a pocket universe would be incredible! How shall we go about it? 😉
We’ll find a way, I’m certain about that. 😉
No doubt. We won’t give up until we find it. It will be a modern day version of ‘Land of the Lost!’
Cool stuff! I love paranormal stories that are based on existing mythology but have the author’s own embellishments.
Thanks Jennette! The embellishments make it more interesting, right? That way you can still be surprised. Fun! Thanks for sharing.
I think you should use whatever terms you need to – real or made up – to write the story you need to tell. As for challenging readers with more difficult words … I’m on the fence about that. If they come across words they don’t understand and stop to look them up, it tends to take them out of the story. Do that often enough and some readers may not like it.
The Hemingway App, along with other writing ‘experts,’ say that anything written under a grade 10 reading level is a sign of bold, clear writing. I’m sure that only works to a point, but I did have a newspaper editor tell me once that they write their articles at a 4th grade reading level so everyone can understand it.
I agree that we don’t want to write over the readers level. I would put down a book rather than wade through word after word I needed to look up. But one or two should be fine and help broaden one’s vocabulary. Thanks Kristy!
What, dragons never existed? I beg to differ. Hello – pterodactyl. If that’s not a dragon, I don’t know what is? I love this post. Fun stuff, Debra.
And I believe we can all conjure a little dragon from within if we really try. Maybe we can’t fly, but we can flap our wings and breathe fire.
w/a Jansen Schmidt
Ha! Okay, you got me there. Maybe there were still a few back in the olden days (having survived the extinction of the dinosaurs), just enough to perpetuate the dragon myths. 😉
I don’t know about you but I can conjure up some pretty vivid dreams about flying. Just add the fire breath I get after a spicy meal and I’m practically there. *snickers*
Glad you enjoyed the post. Thank a bunch for stopping by, Patricia.
I love all kinds of dragons! With all the genetic experimentation, we could possibly see them in the future!
A dragon version of Jurassic Park? Wouldn’t that be something?
I’m so late to this party! I love dragons. Anne McCaffrey’s genetically created dragons are my all-time-favorites. One time I dreamed that I had my very own little fire lizard, which was the original creature used to create the ginormous dragons in her stories.
I can’t wait to read more about your dragons–haven’t gotten enough!!
I’m even later at responding. LOL. Comments are welcome at any time!
A little fire lizard? So cool!
So glad you enjoyed my dragons. There is a lot more to come.
I have always loved dragons! I like to think that on some plane dragons roam and fly. They may not have a physical form but they are such powerful archetypes that their psychic reality is undeniable. They are magical, elemental, and inspirational. Love them! I like how you illustrated their earthly reptilian counterparts.