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2012: Year of the Dragon

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2012 has ushered in the year of the dragon upon the world stage.

In addition to occupying an ages old position in our cultural consciousness, legend and folklore surrounding
the dragon mythology has long been firing the kiln of our dreams with fright and menace. When we are speaking of
Dragons, we are speaking from ancient texts gathered form the beginnings of kept records of any kind and from all
points of the Earth Sphere.

In a time before modern science and anthropology, farmers tilling their fields and
fishermen drawing their nets would find amazements that struck them with fear and awe: fanged serpentine skulls
larger than the tallest man, along with other bones indicating powerfully-taloned creatures taller than the treetops.
All creation itself was assumed to be no more than several dozen human generations’ lifetimes’ long, so the idea
of dinosaur remains from 200 million years ago was beyond the most educated human comprehension of the time. The
mind of ancient man must have been reeling.

Dragon by TheMinttuDragon Mage by kerembeyitLava Dragon by kerembeyitBahamut by GENZOMAN

What were these creatures? Monsters? Gods?! And more pressing: Did they still walk the earth? (Or fly above the clouds?)  
In what remote lairs could they be found?  Mountaintop keeps?  Inside volcanoes?  Living deep beneath the oceans?

Believable stories, legends, mythos had to be created to help humans
calm their fears and place these terrifying beings within some kind of manageable
context in their lives and societies.

The dragon mythos was born.

Although ancient Europeans imagined their dragons to be originated from the seas (like the terrifying “sea serpents” and
giant octopuses and squids that haunted the seafaring Europeans’ nightmares) and the Chinese and Far Easterners imagined their
dragons to have flown forth from volcanoes, spewing the volcanic fire that was their birthright – what is remarkable about
dragons is their ubiquitous presence in the myths and legends and historic consciousnesses of peoples and societies all over
the world. "Dragon” is an instantly understood idea and image held in common by every person currently alive. Dragons have continued
to evolve as frightful symbols of nature’s overwhelming destructive forces, far beyond the defenses of humankind, on down through the millennia.

Of course, in our warp-speed modern times, just when science might be thought powerful enough to finally “explain away” the “dragon”
skulls and forever vanish the monsters from our fitful dreams – we, being the fun humans that we are, have decided to embrace The Dragon
in our pop consciousness like never before, even transforming him (and her) from a force of destruction into a friend and protector (as in
Anne McCaffrey, George R. R. Martin, and Harry Potter novels and many highly-grossing films and video games). It would seem that while we
as intelligent beings value our scientific discoveries, we value just as much our marvelously crafted and generationally passed-down stories, myths and legends.

Thus: Our Dragons will live forever!

Grimbelly by kerembeyit:thumb99595873:Quetzalcoatl by GENZOMANHydra 2 by el-grimlock

Questions for the Reader


What aspect of the “dragon” most fascinates you personally? The mystery of their possible actual reality (now or long ago)?
The amazing worldwide span of the “dragon story” and belief as well as the millennial timespan of the legends? Or simply the
the incredible fun that fills the dragon stories and artful depictions?


Do you think science ruins wonderful myths like “dragons”?  Or can science and mythic consciousness exist side by side if both are respected, appreciated and given their due?


Which dragon story or depiction most influenced your childhood?


What is your first impression of a person you see wearing dragon jewelry?

:thumb201999787:Spirit of the Dragon by KellyMorgenJewelryChinese dragon pendant by ukapalaIce Dragon Necklace by MonsterBrandCrafts


If a living dragon were discovered to be living in an Icelandic volcano, what impact do you think this would make on our world?  What if because they emerged in Iceland, Bjork and Robbie Rotten were designated as our human ambassadors to the upper echelon of an emerging dragon society?


If we ever needed to, who, in your opinion do you think we should assign this most important of positions, specific and depending of course on which Volcano in what part of the world they were to emerge from?  And why would they be best for the job?

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ToaMissingno Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I came here from the poll and I think we should send Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon.
firebirdsanddragons Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Writer
Who would be sent to make first contact with dragons? Chris D'lacey and Christopher Paolini
Because they know more than anyone else about them
TheDragonOfDeath Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I came here because of the poll.
Who would be sent to make first contact with a dragon?
If it's brutal, i'll tame it
If it's wise and majestic, i'll talk to it.
If it's huge, i'll ride/fly it home
If it's a medium size (like a large dog), i'll walk by its side home.
If it's small, i'll carry it on my shoulder home
If it doesn't want to go, i'll live with the dragon the rest of my immortal life.
If it won't let me stay, i'll pat it, say goodbye, then be its shadow the rest of its life without him/her/it knowing it. OwO
thetenthdoctor9 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My thoughts exactly. Clap 
TheDragonOfDeath Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Staying forever... :iconmakaraepplz:
Katrinava Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
(the pool brought me here) I would choose either Laura Dreiže (latvian) or Kristofer Paolini (wrote Eragon)
10000playboy Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
here is a question for all the people who loves dragons.

If dragons does not exist how can multiple cultures come up with the same kind of creature without any relationship!?

did it just so happen by coincident or is there actually some truth hidden behind all the myths and legends!?

enjoy your pondering.
portraitfee Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013   Traditional Artist
Take away "dragon", insert "god". Now go consider your question.
10000playboy Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
same thing i dont believe in god but i do hope there is something of interest out there and god is more the trouble of understanding the creation of everything out of nothing and so on but all the same also god is not a myth creature but a belief
portraitfee Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013   Traditional Artist
What else is a myth than a belief no longer believed?
10000playboy Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
i have to agree on that but it all depends on perspective

if a hundred people get the same message and 99 dont believe it then the 100th has to consider it less nothing would ever be learned

but i think we should just agree to differ aswell and take it no further
defhermann Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013   General Artist
They'll talk about soccer with Christiano, and theyu will even create their own soccer team The Dragons from outer space(Jk)
Lilith-Dragneel Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know I'm way late with commenting, but if you send anyone, it would have to be Fairy Tail's Dragon Slayers!
techgnotic Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Good choice.
Phoenix-FireMage Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I definitely think that dragon stories and science can go together. Just this past year, my science teacher showed us some documentary that pretended like scientists had found the remains of a very well preserved dragon, and were now explaining it. Pretty cool, if I dare say so myself.
ab1indassassin Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Eragon, or Brom, Or BOTH Eragon AND Brom. ok, so I'm stuck in the Inheritance cycle. but seriously, why not send someone who already knows how to deal with a type of dragon? the new dragons may not be as nice as the ones in the Inheritance cycle, but we should send the best people we've got right?
LeafOfTheRogues Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Natallie-Alcantara Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Just. Amazing. Love it.
Natallie-Alcantara Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Just. Amazing. Love it.
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KaidahTheDragon Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i know exactly who we must send.....fluttershy.....
aitanna11500 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student Artist
I agree
techgnotic Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
KaidahTheDragon Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
pfft heck yes
Shenzan Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
mee please meeeeeee I love dragons!!!!
bleedblack555 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Inflat-a-Toad Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Just a small clueless kid, soon to be at peace with dragons.
LlamaCow Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Send...... um... send... i'm thinking...........
SEND ME!!! Please!
If not, send hayao miyazaki!!!!!!
TheDibfan Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Dib from Invader Zim!
techgnotic Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Gooey455 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I want to say Chuck Norris, but I get the feeling he would scare the dragon away... Ah, we would have to send him, in case the dragon turned out to be violent and crazy instead of wise and majestic.
rogue-freighter Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
None other than the Dragonborn.
Thediamondintherough Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Chris D'Lacey
firebirdsanddragons Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Writer
I agree completely
BeadGCF17 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
rooey1 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
MIYAZAKI RULES :woohoo: :excited:
powerfulloneshewolf Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I will lol
Deep-Fried-Love Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Putin he hed
JediVampireTogepi Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Chuck Norris should be sent.
Lingonrise Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
I love dragons, I think they are a beautiful species and I would probably die of happynes if I ever met one.
Are they evil if they eat the same food as /or humans? Humans eat of pretty much every living thing on earth...
However dragons are evil or not they can't be much worse than humans. Humans is the only species I think could be classified as evil.
DJ-Sky-Storm-117 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, i agree for Chuck Norris...Why wasn't he put in it??
TheMorph001 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sykteify Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Thor, duh XD
Eellah Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:bulletwhite:...I would love to have a first meeting with a dragon , so , don't send only one , send ... um ... half women and half men to be fair ... or 1 man and 1 woman ... and one teenager ... Some teenagers know a lot about dragons and myths ...
MaxumBlue Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
send me i know almost every thing about dragons
Mordial33 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My answer to all of these: when in doubt, send Chuck Norris!
Ninufua Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Natsu Dragneel ^ __ ^
the-rhea-baby Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Wow. Seeing this on here made me so happy :) i love dragons more than anything else in the world (almost)!

Okay, question time :)
1) Alright, well my favorite aspect of dragons would have to be that since nobody has any real concrete evidence to prove their exsistance, or how their society would work (although monarchy seems to be a popular theory), it leaves the majority up to the reader or artist for their own interpretation. Also, people make some seriously awesome pictures, which are really cool to look at.

2) I think that science (while having it's good points) is a bit of a drag, but it doesn't really ruin the mythological side of dragons because, well, they're myths. I don't mean to slam science, i have a total respect for scientists and their influence in our society, but i just like the mythological side of things better.

3) When i was a kid, i was more in tune with the european dragon beliefs (these being that the dragons are, usually, the villains). I later learned about oriental dragons, which are more or less percieved as wise leaders, and don't tend to fly. Now, i have my own form of dragon society, which isn't really good or evil.

4) Normally when i see dragon jewlery, my first thoughts are "Woah! dude, look at the dragon!" I don't usually think about the person wearing it as much.

5) Firstly, i don't think that if dragons did exist, their society would only be coming about in our time. I am with the popular belief that dragons would be around before humans. But it is interesting to think about what it would be like if they were a new species. As for their impact on our society, I think that Iceland would become a dragon hot-spot for tourist (currently, the most popular dragon hot-spot is Poland). Also, humans would have to accept the fact that there are larger, possibly wiser creatures out there, hat in our current society, we wouldn't have any defense against. This would mean accepting our inferiority, which i think we all know is unlikely to happen. Until dragons emerged, humans would have been (debatably) the most intellegent species on the planet. But with the arrrival of draqgons, we would no longer be on the too of the food chain. Some people would be amazed, but the majority of the population would probably be (temporarily, at least) thrown into a panic. Also, i think that we would probably not be able to have a say in who the dragons chose as ambassadors to their society. Knowing most humans though, this is good. (if we chose ourselves, someone would obviously screw it up, and fiery terror would be rained down on us.)

6) I personally, would like to meet dragons. so vote for me, YAY! But seriously, i think someone with a degree in communication would be a good idea. A person who knows how to talk and not offend people at the same time. Also, they should be fairly charismatic, and understanding/accepting of other ideas and customs. (obviously the dragons wouldn't just like us. how vain is that idea?) In all honesty, i think we should send Rick Mercer, because he would get the job done, and we coud all have a laugh in the meantime.
Kenyaninja Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think dragons would not only be able fighting creature, but also be intelligent and awe inspiring. Eragon really made me love dragons I read it when I was 10 and had a friend who would draw amazing covers for the books and hang the on her walls. They really are what comes to mind when I think dragon. Sometimes I think dragons are just flying intelligent dinosaurs that we haven't found yet. Lastly, Robbie rotten will never rule dragonkind they're just to epic for him to handle.
g4r44 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awsome art

as for the poll question
i would send chuck norris just in case the dragon wants to play bad ass
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