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Offline NedMarcus

What do you call a group of dragons?
« on: November 29, 2018, 07:15:56 AM »
My new novel will have dragons, but I'm not sure on the collective term or terms. I've searched and found some ideas: thunder, wing, flight, and weyr (not sure where this one comes from) but am still looking.

Did Robin Hobb call the young dragons living in the sea a tangle? I don't remember, but it might be a good name for immature dragons.

Any other ideas?

Offline CameronJohnston

Re: What do you call a group of dragons?
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2018, 09:03:27 AM »
Weyr probably comes from the DragonRiders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey.

I'd go with a flight or a flock. Incidentally, The Flight of Dragons is such a great animated film.

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Offline NedMarcus

Re: What do you call a group of dragons?
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2018, 09:09:47 AM »
I like flight, but flock makes me think of feathers or sheep :)

Offline CameronJohnston

Re: What do you call a group of dragons?
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2018, 11:14:46 AM »
How about a doom of dragons?

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Offline NedMarcus

Re: What do you call a group of dragons?
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2018, 12:05:05 PM »
Actually, doom is quite good. But at the moment, I'm leaning towards a tangle of dragons (thanks Robin) for the immature young, a flight for adults, and a thunder of dragons for the top ones.

Offline Dan D Jones

Re: What do you call a group of dragons?
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2018, 01:31:56 PM »
Anything they want?

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Re: What do you call a group of dragons?
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2018, 02:13:34 PM »
I don't think anything's going to be better than Cameron's doom of dragons, but you might consider a clutch, a flight, a storm, or even a gasp - it's what you do when you see a group of dragons, particularly when you don't expect them hahahaha
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Re: What do you call a group of dragons?
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2018, 03:22:39 PM »
I like flute. I may be alone, but it sounds like flight, is musical, and feels streamlined and swift.

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Re: What do you call a group of dragons?
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2018, 08:42:05 PM »
I quite like storm. That captures the feeling one may feel at seeing a group of them coming at once. I'm not sure if Naomi Novik used anything new in her Temeraire books, but she often wrote about groups of them, as did Jon Hollins in his Dragon Lords trilogy. Novik probably got around it by using military terms, as most of her dragons were used for that purpose.
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Re: What do you call a group of dragons?
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2018, 09:17:36 PM »
Flight was my first thought too, but I have to admit doom is good as well.
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« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2018, 10:42:57 PM »
My first instinct was an "oh shit" of dragons, but I can see how that might not be the angle you were after... :D

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Re: What do you call a group of dragons?
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2018, 12:06:37 AM »
How about a “fright of dragons”?  8)

But really, I love “doom” and “storm”.
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Re: What do you call a group of dragons?
« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2018, 03:58:14 AM »
My first instinct was an "oh shit" of dragons, but I can see how that might not be the angle you were after... :D
:) not exactly. I was thinking more about what the dragons would call themselves.

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Re: What do you call a group of dragons?
« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2018, 11:41:20 PM »
My first instinct was an "oh shit" of dragons, but I can see how that might not be the angle you were after... :D
:) not exactly. I was thinking more about what the dragons would call themselves.

Interesting. What would they call themselves?
A “claw” of dragons
A “horde” of dragons  ;D
A group of dragons? “Too many”
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Re: What do you call a group of dragons?
« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2018, 01:16:59 AM »
My first instinct was an "oh shit" of dragons, but I can see how that might not be the angle you were after... :D
:) not exactly. I was thinking more about what the dragons would call themselves.

Interesting. What would they call themselves?
A “claw” of dragons
A “horde” of dragons  ;D
A group of dragons? “Too many”
Wouldn't a bunch of badass dragons think of themselves a posse, or a crew?
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