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.

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

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