In searching for something on my laptop last week, I came across a list of books about dragons. Looks like I made this list six or seven years ago (last time it was saved was six years back) and I’ve read a few of the books on the list since then. I’d completely forgotten that I had this list.
Dragons, of course, are widely varied in literature. My least favorite kind are the mindless, evil dragons (think Smaug in The Hobbit). I prefer intelligent dragons who can communicate if they choose (like Ramoth in Dragonflight or Temeraire in the Novik series). My current car is named after a dragonrider of Pern (Brekke – one of the rare dragonriders who can communicate with all dragons, not just their own).
I also like dragons who adore treasure – not sure why, maybe because it’s such a longstanding bit of dragonlore that it feels right when it is included. It’s interesting that the Greek dragons who were set to guarding treasure have morphed into beings who lust after gold, diamonds and jewels. Of course I also read somewhere once that gold is a good conductor of magical energy and that dragons NEED it to exist.
The biggest problem with this list is that I have already reached the limit of books that I can have on hold at the library – with probably be at least a week before that changes. Hopefully in a week, I’ll remember I have this list of books I want to read! Maybe I’ll start yet another tab on my reading spreadsheet.
Tell me about a mythical animal that you think might improve our world if it existed! Or just if you have a favorite mythical animal.