drag.on \'drag-en\ n dracon-,draco serpent,dragon, [fr.GK drakon;akin to OE torht bright,Gk derkesthai to see,look at]
1 archaic: a huge serpent
2:a fabulous animal usually represented as a monstrous winged and scaly serpent or saurian with a crested head and enormous claws.
Webster defines dragon as a animal with wings and claws but what does dragon really mean. A dragon is really a mythical creature used in many legends around the world. Each culture has different stories to tell. In ancient Greece the word dragon is referred to a great serpent that doesn’t have to be mythical. Hera (Heracles's stepmother) decided that Eurystheus, and not Heracles, should become the king of Mycenae. Eurystheus commanded Heracles to perform twelve labors in twelve years in order to keep him away from his kingdom, afraid Heracles would take his throne. The Hydra was Heracles' Second Labor, the first being the Lion of Nemeanis the Greek myth of a dragon. The most common dragon is the Chinese dragon we’ve all heard about. The myth is that the dragons can change into a human and see the good for the people. In Japan the myth is that amalgamate native legends with imported stories about dragons from China, Korea and India. Like these other Asian dragons, most Japanese ones are water deities associated with rainfall and bodies of water, and are typically depicted as large, wingless, serpentine creatures with clawed feet. Well that’s it for my reasearch paper on the Dragon in the book the hobbit by J.R toliken. That’s all for now folks. [continues]
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