Why are we so fascinated with dragons?
Juli D. Revezzo
Why are we so fascinated with the dragons? It’s a question that I’ve never really thought about. And yet they are so preveleant in our society. From Sleeping Beauty where in Maleficent turns into a dragon to harry the prince to Disney’s The Sword in the Stone where the witch turns into a dragon. You can find them in The Hobbit, of course, in the form of Smaug and in Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series wherein the main characters tamed dragons and use them as transport and, indeed, companions for their warriors. Even Morgan Le Fay commanded dragons from time to time (for instance, the 12th century story Eerc by Hartmann von Aue). And of course, dragons are in far more books than just these.
They’re even found in Welsh mythology and of course the Welsh so love dragons that they put one on their country’s flag. They’ve also returned as a major part of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. Since the show’s popularity has grown, it seems the popularity of dragons is growing along with it. (My goodness, a search of Amazon brings up over ten thousand hits on a search for dragons in non-romantic fantasy alone!)
Why is that?
Perhaps because the dragon is seen as a symbol of strength and power? Or perhaps it’s an old memory that we brought with us down through the ages from our medieval ancestors who told the stories of dragons and knights around the castle fireplace on long, dark winter nights. Dragons have been found everywhere from ancient Egypt to Biblical references. And even now, as author Todd McCaffrey said in a recent article, perhaps our love of them harkens back to how, many of us, fell in love with dinosaurs when we were children, either from some mention in school, or a cartoon, or a toy passed down from an older sibling, a father or a cousin, or even… from catching old Godzilla movies on the Saturday or a children’s program (HR PufnStuff! J).
At any rate, when I built my latest release, The Dragon’s Seamstress, as it is part of my Antique Magic series, a series wherein, so far, the heroine Caitlin and hero Trevor have already dealt with other things coming from their neighboring Otherworld—fantastical things such as ghosts, imps, and goddesses—and as they’ve visited the Otherworld and seen for themselves just how vast it is, I thought, why couldn’t there be dragons hanging out in a section they’d never yet visited? Happily, the Welsh myths provided a reason for the dragon’s appearance to my helpful witch couple in this book, in the form of an antique cloak made from the beards of defeated Welsh kings, why he had it, and how he related to the piece was a fun thing to create.
I hope you will enjoy The Dragon’s Seamstress as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Since Caitlin and Trevor vowed to assist the Otherworld and opened their enchanted antique shop, they’ve seen many strange things. But now, someone comes in asking for a mundane item: kitschy “witches” brooms. Has their magical life returned to normal?
As the couple prepares to host a family gathering, fate intervenes and something they’ve never seen before roars into their life: A creature out of Welsh legend and fantasy: A blundering, somewhat underdeveloped dragon—not at all the type of dragon they ever expected to meet. Forced to undertake his unique challenge, Caitlin and Trevor are perplexed by his demands, but the magical beast is certain they are the only witches who can help him.
Doing so might unlock an ancient hidden secret. Refusing might destroy them.
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Thanks for having me here today, Ivy!
Juli D. Revezzo loves fantasy and Celtic mythology and writing stories with all kinds of fantastical elements. She is the author of The Dragon Seamstress, part of the Antique Magic paranormal series, the historical romances, Courting the Stationmaster’s Daughter, House of Dark Envy, the fantasy Gothic romance Lady of the Tarot, and much more. She is also a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour.
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Here (And There, And Really Everywhere) Be Dragons, All Things Considered, Allison Keyes, url: https://www.npr.org/2012/03/31/148295380/here-and-there-and-really-everywhere-be-dragons
Morgan Le Fay, Wikiwand, url: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Morgan_le_Fay