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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