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Title: Whispering Woods Dragon Lore Course 7
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Whispering Woods Dragon Lore Course
A History of European Dragons
Lesson Seven

In the mythology of the western world, dragons werethought to abduct maidens, wreak havoc on the populace, steal gold and destroyvillages. Unlike its counterpart in the East, Western dragons were seen assymbols of destruction and evil. This could be related to the un-due influencethat the Christian invasion has had on the Western mind set where everything isseen as good versus evil.

Heraldic: The Heraldic is probably the most well knownwestern Dragon. The Heraldic has dangerous fangs, four legs complete withclaws, and a ridge of sharp spines that run from its head to its tail tip.

Guivre: The Guivre was both legless and wingless, andappeared somewhat serpent-like in appearance. Its head had horns and its jawwas bearded. It favored any location near water.
European: These types of dragons are found in the pages of early Greek, Roman,Norse, and medieval legends. They had wings, two or four legs, and depending onthe type color can vary. They were believed to breathe fire. Sadly, manyEuropeans considered the dragon to be evil and malevolent, however, the Greeksheld the idea of the Dragon as a Guardian Serpent.

Some examples of these dragons are:

Fafnir: A Norse dragon who was guardian of the treasurelater known as the Nibelung hoard.
Hydra: Some argue that Hyrda was a dragon, others argue not. Hydra had severalheads, the center one was said to be immortal. (When one of the hydra’s headswas cut off two grew in its place) It was said to haunt the marshes of Lernanear Argos. Thedestruction of the hydra was one of the twelve labors of Hercules.

Wyvern: The Wyvern was a feared Dragon of Britain, forthe Europeans believed it to be evil and vicious. It had a coiling trunk thathad a pair of birds-type legs which were tucked beneath its wings.

Tatzlwyrm: A winged, fire-breathing dragon.
Apocalyptic beast – (Biblical, Most likely Middle East). This is a creaturementioned in the Book of Revelation in the Bible. It has two horns, speaks likea dragon, and bears the mystical number of the devil.

Cecrops ~ {Greek} the mythical founder of Athens; first king of Attica;represented as half human, half dragon; credited with inventing writing andestablishing marriage and burial customs. .

Draco (Greek). Draco is a constellation in the northcontaining the star of the north pole of the ecliptic. Legend states thisconstellation was named after the Athenian statesman and lawgiver Draco orDracon.

Fafnir (Norse mythology) a dragon and guardian of thetreasure later known as the Nibelung hoard.

Hydra (Greek mythology) A gigantic monster resembling adragon with several heads (usually nine, though the number varies), the centerone of which is immortal. It is said to haunt the marshes of Lerna near Argos.

The destruction of the hydra was one of the 12 labors of Hercules.When one of the hydra’s heads was cut off two grew in its place.

Leviathan (Bible, Job ix, 13 and Isa. xxvii, 1) A Hebrewname for a sea monster. It was also a dragon of turmoil which contested againstGod.

Tatzlwyrm (Germanic legend) it was said to be a winged,fire-breathing dragon monster.
Wyvern (U.K.)A winged, two-legged dragon with a barbed tail. The wyvern often appears onheraldic shields and symbolizes guardianship.

Jormungand (Norse Legend) The world serpent that dwelledat the bottom of the sea,and that encircled the whole world.

It was to rise against the gods at Ragnarok, helping theFenris Wolf and Surt,and the other enemies of the gods, to destroy both Asgardand Midgard.

Dragon Symbols:

Wales issymbolized by a red dragon. In the Mabinogion the tale of Lludd and Llewelysspeaks of the struggle between this red dragon and the white dragon.

It was long ago in the days of the Saxon invasions thatthis story takes place and it is no wonder that the white dragon is theinvader, the Saxons, come to battle the red. As the symbolic struggle comes toa close, the two opposing dragons become drunk withmead.      It is in this drunken state that they areboth buried in a large stone coffin and placed to rest in the center of the island of Britain.

The story goes that so long as the pair remains buriedbeneath Oxfordthe island will be protected from invasion.

Saint George is known as a Martyr and the Patron Saint ofEngland.He was originally a Roman Calvary officer who was known for his courage in war.He was a mighty site on his white war-horse.

He eventually converted to Christianity, and to show thepeople that Christians did not have to be meek, he sought out to fight a dragonthat was destroying the area around Cappadocia.

The people of the town tried to calm the beast withsacrifices of their best sheep. This worked for a while, but then the dragonattacked again. The poor people had to give up what they thought would rid theanimal of their town: a virgin princess. George killed the dragon with thelance he had in his hand while charging with his huge steed.

Because of this heroic deed, other Christian Knightssought out to save damsels in distress from dragons, and this is how dragonseventually got slaughtered into being just a myth.

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