DRAGONS WE HAVE KNOWN AND LOVED

A quick primer on some of fic­tion’s most fa­mous fire- breathers

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SMAUG, THE HOB­BIT

A com­bi­na­tion of the non-fly­ing wyrm and a wyvern, Smaug must be the drag­o­ni­est of fic­tional dragons and guards an enor­mous hoard of trea­sure in The Lonely Moun­tain, which Bilbo Bag­gins steals from.

EL­LIOT, PETE’S DRAGON

Re­cently re­made, but there’s noth­ing like the 1977 live-ac­tion an­i­mated ver­sion of this film in which El­liot helps an or­phan, Pete, find a lov­ing fam­ily away from the clutches of his evil foster par­ents. Get ready with the Kleenex as Pete tells his dragon bezzie he’s done his job and must find an­other lit­tle boy to help now.

THE HUN­GAR­IAN HORNTAIL, HARRY POT­TER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE

A mean, lean fire-breath­ing ma­chine, this is the mean­est of all the Pot­ter uni­verse dragons and the very pic­ture of drag­o­nish evil.

DROGON, RHAEGAL AND VISERION, GAME OF THRONES

As beau­ti­ful and badass as their ‘mother’, Daen­erys Tar­garyen, this trio were the first dragons born for two cen­turies. With fire­breath­ing, fly­ing and magic on their CVs, they have an im­pres­sive skill set.

EUS­TACE, THE VOY­AGE OF THE DAWNTREADER

A slight pre­tender to the dragon throne, Eus­tace, a 10-year-old boy, en­ters CS Lewis’s Nar­nia tale a greedy and self-cen­tred child. When he falls asleep on a dragon’s hoard, the greedy, drag­o­nish thoughts in his heart turn him into a dragon him­self. This makes Eus­tace a much nicer per­son and he’s later re­turned to his less scaly self by As­lan.

TOOTH­LESS, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

A force for good, Tooth­less orig­i­nates in Cres­sida Cow­ell’s chil­dren’s tales (also a Dreamworks an­i­ma­tion). A medium-sized, sooty-scaled Night Fury, known to swoop and strike light­ning in the dead of night, Tooth­less is in fact kind and ex­tremely loyal. He’s not tooth­less ei­ther, but has re­tractable teeth.

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