"If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world."

-C.S. Lewis

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Here There Be Dragons!

People and cultures the world over, have tales and legends of powerful, beautiful, winged and fire-breathing creatures. Some live in the water, some in caves, some greedily hoard gems and treasure, and some fall in love with beautiful maidens. Dragons are known to love riddles and conundrums, and are often very highly intelligent, even to the point of being advisors and poets.
One of my favorite dragon stories is that of Jilocasin. He was a dragon who lived during the reign of Charlemagne, and was a very wise and old. Periodically, he liked to take human form and visit the King's court where he was a well-known and respected troubadour. One day while travelling through the forest (in human form), he heard a woman cry for help. Jilocasin changed back to dragon form and defended her against the bandits, then, seeing she was injured, he lifted her onto his back and flew her to his cave. Upon examining her wounds, he discovered a bundle tied close to her body, and inside the bundle was a newborn baby. She explained that she was a widow, fleeing to protect her baby boy from an unscruplous man who had stolen the title and wealth of her deceased husband. Jilocasin offered her protecion and shelter in his home, and the two fell in love. The lady was aware of Jilocasin's true identity, but it did not affect her love for him. They would visit far-off lands together, with her riding on his back as he flew, and they would sing the dragon's songs together. After three years, they were excitedly awaiting the birth of their son, but the lady died in childbirth. Jilocasin was overcome with grief. He raised the two boys without making any distinction between his adopted son and his own, and when they were grown he presented them at court to be armed knights. The two were known as the Knights of the Dragon, and were famous for their nobility and honor. At length, they avenged their mother's death by killing the villian who had stolen their inheritance.




These are a few favorite dragons from some fellow members of the Fantasy Artists team (FAEteam). I got my first dragon statue for my 16th birthday when all my girlfriends were getting expensive jeans and stereos. Since then I have accumilated quite a collection (including one that my brother brought home from Japan for me), and I don't think that collection will ever be complete. There are few things that can stop me dead in my tracks and make my heart skip a beat...dragons do it everytime.

I will leave you with my favorite dragon quote :

"Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup."


Mary said...

What a beautiful story -- I have never heard it before *sniffles*. I too have always loved dragons! Dragonheart is one of my favorite movies -- the one where Sean Connery is the voice of the dragon - it doesn't get any better than that! Thanks for including a picture of my dragon art in your blog post today! Hugs, Mary

mermaiden said...

That's a new story for me, too. Very different and romantic! Yep, dragons make my heart skip a beat, and these FAE folk got it goin' on!
My home is full of draggonness as well, and my boys are major collectors :D

aquariann said...

Wonderful entry! I had never heard the story of Jilocasin, nor that awesome quote. Thank you so much for sharing and for including my dragon!

Athena's Armoury said...

Beautiful story! And you found some amazing FAE pieces to compliment it, too. Right on.

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