Sunday, May 1, 2011

Beings of Faerie: Dragons

Dragon: a mythical animal usually represented as an enormous winged and scaly serpent or saurian with a crested head and large claws and teeth, often breathing fire

Ciruelo Cabral: Attack
Dragons & Faith

Do dragons exist? What does the Bible say about them? Are dragons evil? Should Christians write - or even read - about these monstrous beasts?

Well, according to the Bible {as well as current scientific theory}, dragon-like creatures actually walked the earth in history. The Bible contains several passages that describe dragons, either metaphorically or literally {see Numbers 21, Deuteronomy 8:15, Isaiah 27:1, Isaiah 30:6, Revelation 12}. In many of these passages, the dragon does represent Satan or some evil force. However, at other times this "flaming serpent" is simply a creature God created, giving God glory through its unique nature.

The most striking passage of the latter kind is Job 41. Read and be amazed.

Lay your hands on him [the leviathan, also called a "water dragon"];
   remember the battle—you will not do it again!

Behold, the hope of a man is false;
   he is laid low even at the sight of him.

No one is so fierce that he dares to stir him up.
   Who then is he who can stand before me?

Who has first given to me, that I should repay him?
Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.

 I will not keep silence concerning his limbs,
   or his mighty strength, or his goodly frame.

Who can strip off his outer garment?
   Who would come near him with a bridle?

Who can open the doors of his face?
   Around his teeth is terror.

His back is made of rows of shields,
   shut up closely as with a seal.
One is so near to another
   that no air can come between them.
They are joined one to another;
   they clasp each other and cannot be separated.

His sneezings flash forth light,
   and his eyes are like
 the eyelids of the dawn.   
Out of his mouth go flaming torches;
   sparks of fire leap forth.
Out of his nostrils comes forth smoke,
   as from a boiling pot and burning rushes.
His breath kindles coals,
   and a flame comes forth from his mouth.

In his neck abides strength,
   and terror dances before him.

The folds of his flesh stick together,
   firmly cast on him and immovable.
His heart is hard as a stone,
   hard as the lower millstone.

When he raises himself up the mighty are afraid;
   at the crashing they are beside themselves.

Though the sword reaches him, it does not avail,
   nor the spear, the dart, or the javelin.

He counts iron as straw,
   and bronze as rotten wood.

The arrow cannot make him flee;
   for him sling stones are turned to stubble.

Clubs are counted as stubble;
   he laughs at the rattle of javelins.

His underparts are like sharp potsherds;
   he spreads himself like
 a threshing sledge on the mire.
He makes the deep boil like a pot;
   he makes the sea like a pot of ointment.

Behind him he leaves a shining wake;
   one would think the deep to be white-haired.

On earth there is not his like,
   a creature without fear.

He sees everything that is high;
   he is king over all the
 sons of pride.

Ciruelo Cabral: The White Guardian
On Writing Dragons

When writing dragons, there are many different aspects to consider. Among the most basic questions to ask yourself are the following:

1. Morality: good or evil, either good and evil, or amoral?

2. Intelligence: More intelligent than humans, or less?

3. Color: all white, mixed colors, all black, single colors, rainbow colors? {Be creative here!}

4. Size: small and cute, or large and fearsome? Large as a school bus? Small as a loaf of bread? Large as a football stadium?

5. Temperament: easily offended? friendly? ferocious?

6. Quirks: five horns on its head? A fondness for handkerchiefs? {Again, creativity is essential! Be different!}

7. Relationship to humans {or the beings that populate your  world}: rare and aloof? friendly pets? dragons with dragon riders? police force? Or can it even communicate with other creatures?

There's a whole lot more, but that is for *you* to discover! Keep dreaming and creating!

Ciruelo Cabral: Flying Dark Dragon

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