HBO’s “Game of Thrones” might be wrapping up, but given the fact there are spin-offs on the way, we’ll probably be seeing more dragons. Though there is no evidence dragons existed in the real world, people are still fascinated by them. Here are four of the most dragons of all time:
St. George’s dragon
We aren’t quite sure who first recorded this legend, but it appears the earliest sources from the 11th and 12th centuries. In the story, a knight named George heard of a princess who was offered to a dragon as a sacrifice. He set off to rescue her, and after successfully slaying the monster, he earned the maiden’s hand in marriage. The legend became especially popular during the Medieval Ages, with the dragon representing the Devil, and George standing in for the power of Christ and the Catholic Church. You can see motifs of George and his dragon all over Europe, especially England, where George is the patron saint.
There aren’t a lot of dragons in J.R.R. Tolkien’s stories, which is surprising given the high fantasy setting, but the dragons that are present are memorable. Smaug, who is in The Hobbit, sits atop a huge treasure in the Misty Mountains, resting after destroying a kingdom. Unlike many other famous dragons, Smaug can talk like a person, and engages in a tense conversation with The Hobbit’s hero Bilbo Baggins. When Smaug discovers some of his treasure has been stolen, he rises from his cave for revenge.
Found in the “How To Train Your Dragon” series of books and movies, Toothless is a Night Fury, one of the rarest dragons in the world of Hiccup, a nerdy Viking teenager. Once thought extinct, Toothless appears in Hiccup’s life after being shot down, and the two develop a bond that proves to Hiccup that dragons and humans can live in peace. Toothless, who is not actually toothless, possess many skills, including fast speed and the ability to hold lightning in his body.
Viserion, Drogon, and Rhaegal
These three dragons from the “Game of Thrones” franchise might be the only dragons left in their world. Way back in Westeros history, dragons were rare, and harnessed by House Targaryen for war. However, they all died, or so everyone thought for over a century. Daenerys Targaryen had three petrified dragons eggs, which shockingly hatched after exposure to fire. She named them Viserion and Rhaegal, after her brothers, and Drogon, after her late husband.