By Joseph A. McCullough, Peter Dennis
From legend and mythology to The Hobbit and A online game of Thrones, the dragon is a perennial favourite within the myth genre.
With its fiery breath, scaly armour, and baleful, malevolent stare, the dragon turned the final word image of evil and corruption in eu folklore and mythology. frequently serving as a stand-in for devil, or the ability of evil gods, dragons unfold loss of life and hopelessness through the land. in basic terms heroes of unusual valour, courageousness, and purity may well wish to conflict those monsters and emerge positive. those who did turned legends. They grew to become dragonslayers. The record of dragonslayers is small, however it is full of nice and mythical names. Hercules, Beowulf, Cuchulain, Sigfried, Lancelot, and Saint George all battled to the loss of life with dragons. different heroes comparable to the Danish King Frotho, the French Saint Mercurialis, the Polish champion Krak, and the Russian warrior Dobrynya Nikitch will be much less renowned to western readers, but in addition fought and defeated dragons. This publication will retell the best legends of this choose staff of warriors, whereas studying the parable of the dragonslayer in a old, mythological, or even theological context.
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Extra resources for Dragonslayers: From Beowulf to St. George
And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days.
They dove into the lake as the warriors approached, but Beowulf snatched up his bow and sent a barbed arrow streaking out. It pierced one of the loathsome serpents in the vitals. The monster tumbled into the water, where Beowulf’s men finished it off with boar-spears. They dragged its carcass up onto the shore and gazed in morbid disgust at the dragonish creature. Then Beowulf donned his armour and drew his sword. With final words of parting, he approached the bloody caldron of the lake and dove in.
He then charged the monster and battered off several of the hydra’s heads with his mighty club, but for every head he severed, two more quickly grew in its place. So in the midst of the fight, he commanded Iolaus to take up a burning brand and sear the stumps of the heads as he battered them off. This kept them from regrowing. Eventually, only the immortal head remained. Hercules tore off this last head with his bare hands, buried it in the ground, and placed a great boulder on top of it. He then ripped open the hydra’s body and soaked his arrows in its deadly, venomous blood.
Dragonslayers: From Beowulf to St. George by Joseph A. McCullough, Peter Dennis