Dragons

Whenever I am asked what my favorite creature is in fantasy, I say dragons. I have no idea why this is true. I generally do not like lizards or scaly things, and the idea of a scaly, lizardy creature the size of a dinosaur flying down on me is frankly terrifying. But many fantasies I have read have had dragons who were wise, intelligent, kind and inspiring. We have the Pern books, where dragons, full-sized, were grown up from little flying lizards. This was one of the first series I read when I became involved with fantasy, decades ago.

The dragons in my WIP are sentient and powerful. They scare the sorcerers who banished them ten thousand years before. But the question is whether the dragons could have changed in ten thousand years. Think about that for a moment. Can you think of anything other than the geographical history of this earth that has remained consistent for ten thousand years? Perhaps the moon? So I have resolved some interesting things in this section of the book. My heroine likes the dragons, but can she win this debate?

I’m not going to tell you what happens, but I will tell you that my favorite dragon in the story is named Conradio. How would you pronounce that? I have a friend who is convinced it’s like  Con Radio. I have another who thinks it’s Conrad-io. I will give you a hint. I was a public defender for many years and I hated my clients being called “cons,” a shortening of the word “convict.” That word is full of negative connotations. I should also point out that, to date, the king of the dragons does not have a name. Should he have a name, or is it a reasonable tradition to have the king nameless? To have him known only as the King, the ruler, where the title outweighs the name?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on dragons. It might allow me to clarify my own view of the beasties!

2 thoughts on “Dragons

  1. M.J. Moores

    I think the Dragon King used to have a name but like you said, since he’s been ‘the ruler’ it supersedes his given name. In fact, he could have been king for so long that he’s since forgotten his name but not necessarily the meaning of his name and if he wished to ever re-learn it he could trace back the meaning to possible root words in the Dragon Lexicon to discover it… but why would he want to? or need to for that matter?

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    1. bhalsop Post author

      He’s actually been the king for over 10,000 years, so I think that’s cause to forget his childhood name! And he will be king until he dies. Dragons are virtually immortal unless they get in a fight with another dragon or bunch of dragons. And this guy is generally loved not only by his people but by other races he comes to meet.

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