Drankgon Tales — Dragons

DGT #4: My Father's Dragon (Boris)

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My Father's Dragon is the book that started it all for me. Somehow the original book fell into my hands at a young age and the rest is history. My Father's Dragon is a children's novel by Ruth Stiles Gannett about a young boy, Elmer Elevator, who runs away to Wild Island to rescue a baby Dragon. Both a Newbery Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book, it is the first book of a trilogy whose other titles are Elmer and the Dragon (ok) and The Dragons of Blueland (kinda lame). The narrative mode is unusual, in that the narrator refers to the protagonist only as...

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DGT #3: Smaug (The Hobbit)

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Smaug is the primary antagonist in J.R.R. Tolkien's 1937 novel The Hobbit. He is a powerful, intelligent, malevolent and fearsome dragon who invaded the dwarf kingdom of Erebor 150 years prior to the events described in the novel. In the book/movie, a group of 13 dwarves mounted a quest to take the kingdom back, aided by Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins. Smaug appears in the Hobbit film adaption in the second and third movies. He is voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, who is the perfect "evil dragon" voice. These people in movies really know what they are doing when it comes to dragon voices.Where I think Bilbo blew it in the...

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DGT #2: Draco (Dragonheart)

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So this is what Sean Connery looks like as a dragon. I must admit that whenever dragons appear in my dreams, they actually sound like Sean Connery, so I think they got that right. This is also probably the second-best dragon movie ever made (behind HTTYD, covered later). Dragonheart is a 1996 movie directed by Rob Cohen. It stars Dennis Quaid (Bowen) and the voice of Sean Connery as Draco the dragon. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects (losing to Independence Day, which is understandable) and various other awards in 1996 and 1997. I won't bother talking about the plot, because if...

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DGT #1: Puff the Magic Dragon

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"Puff, the Magic Dragon" (or "Puff") is a song written by Leonard Lipton and Peter Yarrow, and made popular by Yarrow's group Peter, Paul and Mary in a 1963 recording. It turns out that the lyrics for "Puff, the Magic Dragon" were based on a 1959 poem by Leonard Lipton, a 19-year-old Cornell University student. Lipton was inspired by an Ogden Nash poem titled "Custard the Dragon", about a "realio, trulio little pet dragon."  Perhaps the most famous dragon of all, I had to start with good ole Puff. This is the image of Puff that I remember from my childhood, which came from the cartoon movie....

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