A Dragon again

I haven’t figured out the connection between a dragon, and loyalty. Have you? But I like this award which rewards the loyalty of regular readers. Sage Doyle nominated me for this, and I in turn will pass it onto my dedicated readers. Sage, not his real name, writes poetry and contemporary fiction, click here to visit his blog.

[Dragon illustration in A 1460 edition of the Liber Floridus [photo: Wikipedia]

Dragon illustration in a 1460 edition of the Liber Floridus [photo: Wikipedia]

First, a few things about dragons you might not know:-

There are two types of mythical dragon, the European and the Chinese, which developed separately. Originally they were based on a serpent, but since the Middle Ages they have assumed legs and resemble a lizard.

The English word ‘dragon’ derives from the Greek δράκων (drákōn) meaning ‘dragon, serpent of huge size, water-snake’.

[illustration: JRR Tolkein]

[illustration: JRR Tolkein]

The best-known literary dragons of recent times are probably Smaug from JRR Tolkein’s The Hobbit [above], Christopher Paolini’s Eragon [below] and the dragons in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series. As well as baby Norbert, there is the Hungarian Horntail which Harry fights in the first task of the Tri-Wizard Tournament. Eragon by Christopher Paolini - book cover 28-4-14In Vietnam, according to an ancient creation myth, the Vietnamese people are descended from a dragon and a fairy. dragons-loyalty-award logo 31-12-13Now, the award rules:-
1. Display the award on your blog.
2. Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who awarded you.
3. Write seven interesting things about you.
4. Present 15 deserving bloggers with the award. Fifteen is rather a lot so I am going to ignore this, and give it to my top current 5 readers.
5. Link your nominees in the post and let them know of their being awarded.

Norbert's egg [photo: harrypotter.wikia.com]

Norbert’s egg [photo: harrypotter.wikia.com]

Seven things about me:-
My favourite colour is green.
I have no middle name.
I speak Spanish with an Andaluz accent, which is a bit like speaking English with a broad Yorkshire accent, or Geordie, or Liverpudlian. To read more about my life in Spain, click here.
I meet my writing group friends every fortnight.
I listen to classical music while I write. My favourite at the moment is ‘The Complete EMI recordings of Jacqueline du Pré’. For more about my ‘music to write to’, click here.
I like to read poetry in the bath. I’m currently reading Carol Ann Duffy’s The Bees and my favourite poems are ‘Hive’ and ‘Cold’.
I use modern technology, but will never give up my black leather Filofax.

I am nominating these five loyal readers, please visit their blogs:-
Rachel Stirling, who enjoys writing short stories.
Another Raechel, except this is a Raechelsheart, a poet.
Madame Bibilophile who blogs about writing in a clever way, click here to read her post on Shakespeare’s birthday in which she matches up a play with the corresponding film you may like. So she suggests that if you like Scarface, try Titus Andronicus, ‘It’s a bloodbath!’
Uncle Tree writes poetry, mostly about trees, but about nature in general at Uncle Tree’s House.


Writer’s Block is another poet, one who writes haikus and novels too. Australian writer Kasia James, author of The Artemis Effect.