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Offline Dark Squiggle

Re: What is the nature of dragons?
« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2018, 03:12:59 PM »
As an artist, I hate 4 legged dragons. There simply isn't enough room on a body for big breast muscles to drive wings and the shoulders and chest muscles for forelegs. Every 4 legged dragon drawing or painting I've ever seen omits muscle and joints and/or hides them. It doesn't bother me much when the have wings that sprout from the back like an angel or bumblebee sized wings, as these are stylistic anyway. My .02, and slightly irrelevant, I know.

How can they move about on land with only two legs?
Either like with their legs under them, like birds and dinosaurs, or by using their wings as legs, like vampire bats.

I find that you can have dragons without actually having them. Intelligent spaceships, anthromorphized trucks, men of war, \any real central monster are all dragons.

Offline NedMarcus

Re: What is the nature of dragons?
« Reply #16 on: June 27, 2018, 12:41:18 AM »
Either like with their legs under them, like birds and dinosaurs, or by using their wings as legs, like vampire bats.

Like a T-Rex might be good—can't really see them hopping about as birds though.

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Re: What is the nature of dragons?
« Reply #17 on: June 27, 2018, 01:21:41 AM »
One thing I find most compelling about all of Tolkien's dragons is their ability to cast spells. Glaurung bewitched people leading to all manner of tragedies that hurt the heroes hearts in ways fire and claws never could.
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Offline Dark Squiggle

Re: What is the nature of dragons?
« Reply #18 on: June 27, 2018, 04:53:47 AM »
Either like with their legs under them, like birds and dinosaurs, or by using their wings as legs, like vampire bats.

Like a T-Rex might be good—can't really see them hopping about as birds though.
More like an emu than a sparrow.

Offline Alex

Re: What is the nature of dragons?
« Reply #19 on: February 13, 2019, 11:23:28 AM »
I can recommend a good anthology that is all about dragons and has a variety of perspectives. It's called Dreamtime Dragons and edited by Nils Visser. The stories are well above par and the profits go to an animal sanctuary.