Tough Travels: Dragons

Tough Travels is a monthly meme hosted by Fantasy Faction, which, inspired by The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones, spotlights each month a different fantasy trope for us to compile lists and have fun with. Last month we discussed STRONGHOLDS. This month’s topic is:


‘The Tough Guide advises that Dragons are ‘very large scaly beings with wings and long spiky tails, capable of breathing fire through their mouths. They can be almost any colour or combination of colours, though green, red and black are preferred. They are always very old. Most of them seem to have flown to Fantasyland aeons ago across the void. This migration was almost certainly to get away from our world, where people would insist that they were dangerous monsters that had to be exterminated. Dragons, as all Fantasyland knows, are no such thing.’ Or are they?’

Diana Wynne Jones, The Tough Guide to Fantasyland

This is another topic that I missed the first time round and as I love dragons it is great to have a chance to have a go at it. Here are a few of my fire-breathing favourites:

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

First, we have the “greedy, strong and wicked wyrm” Smaug, who chased the dwarves of Erebor from their home. Smaug curled up on a bed of treasure and bones is the image of the quintessential evil dragon!


The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

In contrast to Smaug, we have the beautiful last female dragon in Alagaësia, Saphira, who unexpectantly hatches for a young farm boy named Eragon. Together they will fight to overthrow evil and bring peace to the land.


Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling

Hagrid is thrilled when he finally gets a dragon: the small, cute and lovable Norbert, however as Norbert is a Norwegian Ridgeback he will neither stay small, cute or lovable for very long!


A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin

No current list would be complete without Drogon, the largest most powerful dragon of Daenerys’ fearsome brood. While he might help her fight the good fight, he is also known to flame sheep and small children…well dragons will be dragons, right?!


Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke

Finally, we have the young silver dragon Firedrake, who, when his home and fellow dragons are threatened by thoughtless human actions, sets off with young Ben to find the mythical dragon homeland: the Rim of Heaven.


Who are your favourite dragons? Please link in the comments below if you have taken part in this month’s topic too.

Come back next month for: Minions.


15 thoughts on “Tough Travels: Dragons

  1. I remember Saphira. I loved Saphira. Today I am reading the third in Ronlyn Domingue’s Keeper of Tales trilogy: The Plague Diaries. Here there be a dragon! Who is all about balance and peace.

    1. Hello Bethan, thank you for stopping by and commenting 🙂 I have to admit that I have only read the first two books and that was years ago too! I really must re-read and finish the series.

  2. Oh Norbert definitely. We never see him when he has got old enough to develop the arrogant self-love that seems to go along with being a dragon. I love Wynne Jones work. I think maybe the time has come for a re-read.

    1. Yeah, it is quite nice we only have cute and lovable memories of Norbert, as we find out later in the series that adult Norwegian Ridgebacks aren’t that likeable! 😀 Sadly I have to admit I haven’t read anything by Wynne Jones yet 😦

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