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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Who is the Greatest Dragon?

My good friend Daniel Arenson just released a new book called Blood of Requiem (Requiem Fire, Book 1), which is available now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble


Not only does it have a ridiculously awesome cover, it's about dragons. For those of you in the know, I secretly love dragons (and a dragon makes a special appearance in my soon-to-be-released novel Virtue). It's in celebration of all things fire-breathing and bad-ass that Daniel came up with this fantastic guest blog.


Who is the Greatest Dragon?

Fantasy is full of these scaly, fire-breathing beasts. They are arguably the genre's most emblematic creature. But who is the greatest among them, the toughest and baddest?

Here I rank the world's top ten dragons from film, literature, and legend. (To be fair, I won't rank the dragons of my own creation – those who inhabit my novel Blood of Requiem – though they are pretty tough.)

Who wins the coveted number one slot? Read on to find out!


Ten: Norbert

Hagrid's little dragon is just too cute to rank any higher. She does bite Ron Weasley's finger, which makes her somewhat tough, so she still gets a mention on the list. Hopefully Norbert (AKA Norberta) is still living happily in Romania.


Nine: Saphira

This dragon from Eragon is like a loyal dog, or maybe a younger sister. Friendly, cute, and nice to have around. But not very threatening.


Eight: Pete's Dragon

At first glance, he's a harmless cartoon. He's goofy. He has purple hair. And he stars in a children's movie. How tough could he be? Well, tougher than he seems. He managed to fight off Pete's mean hillbilly relatives. He flew through a storm to kindle a lighthouse. And he became a hero to countless kids. You wouldn't want to mess with Pete's dragon.


Seven: Smrgol

Smrgol, from the animated film Flight of Dragons, is an even tougher cartoon dragon. He's old, battle-hardened, and wise. He also befriends a human named Peter – only this Pete is trapped in another dragon's body. Smrgol ends his life in an epic battle, managing to defeat the evil Ogre of Gormley Keep. Smrgol was definitely a tough, noble dragon.


Six: Daenerys's dragons

At this point in A Song of Ice and Fire (book five is not yet released), Daenerys's dragons are still small. But they show potential for growing big. Very big. Maybe even big enough to win the coveted Iron Throne. Right now, they're only ranked sixth, but they have potential for rising higher in the list in years to come.


Five: Trogdor

He burninates the countryside. He's made of an S and a different S. He's hilarious to those who know him, utterly perplexing to those who don't. Maybe it's all those thatch roofs he burned. Maybe it's his beefy arm. Whatever the reason, he makes the Top Five for toughest dragons.


Four: Smaug

Perhaps the world's most famous dragon, Smaug influenced countless dragons who followed. He sits on a mountain of jewels and gold. He terrorizes hobbits and dwarves. He stars in a fantasy novel that changed the world. He's one mean dragon.


Three: Takhisis

Takhisis has enchanted and terrified a generation of fantasy geeks. In her human form, she's a beautiful temptress. In her dragon form, she has five heads. She's also a goddess, powerful enough to torture Raistlin himself. Smaug might be tough, but Takhisis could probably kill him without breaking a sweat.



Two: St. George's Dragon

Painted, sculptured, illustrated -- St. George's dragon has inspired artists and storytellers for centuries. He is the ultimate dragon of legend. He's the granddaddy of all dragons. If even Shakespeare wrote about him, you know he's tough.


One: Falcor



Falcor, the luckdragon from The Neverending Story, inspired a generation. Countless children in the 1980s gawked at this pink, doglike creature and dreamed of riding him. True, Falcor sometimes seemed more canine than dragonish. And true, despite his wisdom and pacifism, he's kind of a jerk at the end when he chases those kids into a garbage bin. But Falcor was more than just a dragon. In many ways, he defined a decade. Because the 1980s were like Falcor--they were pink, they were fluffy, and they were a flying doglike luckdragon. There's no denying it. For all his fluffiness, Falcor is a cultural icon, and he tops the list for greatest dragon.

For more information about Daniel Arenson, his dragon epic Blood of Requiem, any of his other fabulous fantasy novels, or writing tips, check out his website at:  www.danielarenson.com

64 comments:

  1. P.S. I totally agree with Daniel. Falcor is where it's at!

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  2. Sounds like a really awesome read ! :))

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  3. Awe...I love Falcor! I remember watching him and pretending I was Bastien riding him. FALCOR IS EPIC!

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  4. I remember seeing the movie The Neverending Story! I was suprised to see Falcor on the list.

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  5. Definitely excited to read this book! Thank you for introducing it to us.

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  6. Hmmm.. Double Dragon didn't make the list huh?

    SD
    The Simple Dude

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  7. I thought I was the only person alive that knew about Flight of Dragons. We have this old VHS tape of the movie that I still watch. Now, that theme song will be stuck in my head all night!!!

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  8. Gonna have to start reading :) Never gave dragons much thought, but I guess it's time to do so!

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  9. Deathwing - A dragon from World of Warcraft. Any dragon with the nickname "Destroyer of Worlds" gets a nod from me.

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  10. A Dragonlance mention. Nice! But then again D&D was built around,well Dungeons and Dragons.

    :D

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  11. Hmmm... Puff didn't make the list. But he didn't really do anything that dragon-y. He just frolicked in the autumn brush and played with little Jackie Paper. He didn't even fly or breathe fire.

    Also, he was probably high a lot.

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  12. Falcor is awesome! My kids watched this with me and were totally in love. Some of the best fantasy is from the the 80's

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  13. Aw, I'm sad you left out Robin Hobb's Tintaglia. She is bad-tempered and powerful. She fights with the false White Prophet's horrid imitation of a memory-stone dragon! So does her mate whose name escapes me!

    What about the famous D&D dragons? What about Tiamat? Daurgothoth?

    I disagree, sir, your list is stunted! :P

    YA: Cheat, Liar
    Adult: Shackled

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  14. That is an awesome cover! I need to check it out for that alone:-)

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  15. What about the dragon from Merlin? He attacks Camelot and lives. Lol. Just thought it worth a mention

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  16. Poor Puff didn't make the list this year. He was too busy looking for munchies. Spyro didn't make it either. Poor poor Spyro.... Only ten slots, so many dragons.

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  17. Jessica PetersenMay 11, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    My entire life I have been fascinated with dragons and science fiction/fantasy novels. Thank you for introducing me to another book that already looks fascinating!!!

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  18. Toothless! My little girl's icon and quite an impressive hero for saving a young Viking and his village.

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  19. Aww, I love this! I'm totally Team Falcor.

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  20. smaug deserves more credit than to be no 4... he's the original, and fierce, to boot.

    and if your gonna add pete's dragon, you gotta give a shoutout to maleficent in dragon form...

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  21. I can't agree with the list, even if only because I've only heard of three of the dragons that made it on. I'd think the Aspects from Warcraft/WoW deserve a mention, at least. Then there is Icingdeath from the Drizzt Do'Urden books, or the dragon-turned-ghost from R.A. Salvatore's The Ghost King.

    That's not even getting into the High Dragon or Flemeth from Dragon Age.

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  22. Funny that Never Ending Story is mentioned.. I just watched that movie with my kids last week... Love that movie (still a big kid at heart)

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  23. Congrats on the new book, Daniel. "Gods of Dream was excellent. I'm excited to read this one. That cover is tremendous.

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  24. Love the dragons, good list but I think I remember a couple from the world of Pern that were kinda cool, too. I don't remember the names... it's been a while.

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  25. @Jamie: Oh man, I totally forgot about Pern! Mnementh, Ramoth, Canth, Golanth... RUTH! I <3 Ruth and Jaxom.

    YA: Cheat, Liar
    Adult: Shackled

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  26. What about Temeraire? Or any dragon from His Majesty's Dragon, for that matter? Awesome series.

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  27. I don't know about Falcor being bad ass, but he sure as hell is AWESOME!

    There are also several other dragons from Krynn that are very cool, but Takhisis probably is the most powerful, since she's a god and everything.

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  28. I'm more than surprised to see Falcor topping that list as most German schoolchildren, having read Michael Ende's book, couldn't believe what he was made to look like in the movie: Sacrilege!

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  29. Figment, you guys. He's a dragon who promotes learning!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Figment_%28Disney_character%29

    Also, Pete's Dragon's name is Elliott. (He's my favorite.)

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  30. Oh, and Maleficent! Her dragon form terrified me as a kid.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:DragonMaleficent.jpg

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  31. Cool post. Cover looks stunning! Gonna have to check it out. Thanks for sharing Amanda!

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  32. Jessica PetersenMay 12, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    I think that the dragons in Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series are worth a mention!! They were my first experience with dragons and got me hooked!!

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  33. Oh my gosh! Falcor! I miss my childhood :(

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  34. And you can't leave out Albie, the racist dragon from the flight of the conchords!

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  35. Love the cover... Whose the artist? Secondly, I've gotta check out your book now solely because you like Falcor!

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  36. Loved the trip down Dragon runway/memory lane. My favorite dragon is Tiamat form the Dungeons & Dragons Cartoon.

    Evil but awesome, and she was a girl too :)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tiamat.jpg

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  37. I like Puff the Magic Dragon. Dude's always holdin (even though I gotta drive all the way to Honah Lee). I think he's the only dragon I know, but I'm watching Game of Thrones and that all could be changing very soon...

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  38. What happened to the old post and all those comments? 0.o

    YA: Cheat, Liar
    Adult: Shackled

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  39. Isn't it obvious what happened to the old post and all the comments?

    It's Trogdor's revenge for being ranked at #5!

    Out of all the dragons on this list, he's DEFINITELY the most at home on the Internet!

    Trogdor comes in the niiiiiiiiiiiight!!!!

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  40. Sorry, everyone. Spyro, Puff, the Pern Gang, and the other neglected dragons ganged up and ate the old post. They have been sent to live in zoos. This new post is safe.

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  41. Wow, dragons come in so many personalities and shapes.

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  42. You're missing one of the most important dragons of all--Rand al'thor, the Dragon Reborn.

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  43. Daniel, thanks. Now I'm looking up songs (well, THE song) from The Neverending Story on Youtube. Falcor is truly the greatest. Those kids had it coming.

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  45. Amanda can you do me and a lot of other aspiring authors a favor. I'm interested and I'm sure a lot of your other fans are as well; how you outline a book your about to start writing. If you could write a post describing your outlining process and maybe give us an example I would really find it helpful and I'm sure many others would as well. Thank you for all your great work and if writing this post would take too much time away from your real writing than I would understand perfectly if you don't want to do it. And congrats on the deal, keep them books coming girl...

    Thanks -Joe Renzo

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  46. I also just @mentioned you on twitter about the outline post...

    Joe Renzo
    @byjoerenzo
    www.joerenzo.com

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  47. Amanda can you do me and a lot of other aspiring authors a favor. I'm interested and I'm sure a lot of your other fans are as well; how you outline a book your about to start writing. If you could write a post describing your outlining process and maybe give us an example I would really find it helpful and I'm sure many others would as well. Thank you for all your great work and if writing this post would take too much time away from your real writing than I would understand perfectly if you don't want to do it. And congrats on the deal, keep them books coming girl...

    Joe Renzo
    @byjoerenzo
    www.joerenzo.com

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  48. Falcor is a lot better in the book. He sounds like the singing of bells and is allergic to water. Better yet, in the boo Neverending Story, Falcor is not a dog and Atreyu is green. GREEN!

    indieauthorx.blogspot.com

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  49. Is the Falcor in the book derived from the "luck dragon" of Chinese folklore?

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  50. There is so much win in that list, but Falcor made me flash back to the 80's. Loved it!

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  51. Oh, man, Falcor! Wow! That brings me back. I got to visit him at Munich Studios twice when I was in middle school in Germany. (Our school repeated the field trip two years in a row.) We all got to sit on him in front of the green screen and see our goofy selves flying on the monitors. Good times. Also got to visit the werewolf Gmork, who they had set up in a very dark cave-like room. He was friggin' scary, and I don't think I ever did go up and touch him.

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  52. I love Trogdor's appearance and am probably going to end up watching Neverending Story today...but any dragon with Sean Connery's voice is #1 for me.

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  53. Sean Connery does have a perfect dragon voice. Too bad the movie itself was mediocre.

    We need more dragon movies. I can't wait to see Smaug in the new Hobbit film.

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  55. Missing is Ellegon from Rosenberg's "Guardians of the Flames" series.

    ... I had a try at it with my own nasty dragon in "The Diamond Coronal" (Amazon Kindle) http://jgordonsmith.com/

    And Smaug should Rock in "The Hobbit" movie (a big challenge to meet expectations).

    Sintel was also a good dragon story, but on the sad side. sintel.org

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  56. Persoanlly I think the dragons of Ursula Le Guins 'Earthsea' stories are fantastic. She really gives a good impression of the 'other species concept,' her dragons are really scornful and can't be bothered with humans ebcause they really don't think we're worth bothering with...

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  57. ok, seriously? you totally missed TIAMAT from the dungeons and dreagon's cartoon!

    Im just sayin'

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  58. Personally, I like Saphira the most. And I'd think of her as almost a lover rather than a dog or a little sister.

    Also, anthro dragons for the win. :P It's nice to know I'm not the only one who secretly loves dragons. LOL!

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  59. Ancalagon the Black, the first and greatest of the winged fire drakes in the Silmarillion. His wings were so massive they would blot out the sun, even from a distance...not even a mention.

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  60. How about, just maybe, the dragon of the last third of Beowulf, the direct progenitor of Smaug (Tolkien was, after all, an Anglo-Saxonist and noted Beowulf scholar) and the archetype for all subsequent dragons in the western literary and film canon? Might want him on that list somewhere.

    Kids today.

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