the dragon smaug

This creature has four legs and no wings.

When the legends, beliefs, and celebrations involving this creature call it a “dragon”….. it’s a freaking dragon.



This creature has two legs and four wings.

When the source material this creature is from decides that it is a “dragon”….. it’s a freaking dragon.



These creatures have four legs and two wings.

When the source materials they are from designate them as “dragons”…… they are freaking dragons.



These creatures have two wings and two legs.

When the creators and adaptors of these creatures designate them as “dragons”……

They are freaking dragons.


(that last one, Smaug, is also often referred to as a “drake” and a “wyrm” by the source material, as well!) 


The creators and adaptors of these source materials all had something we know as “creative freedom.” Sometimes, stifling peoples’ creative freedom can be annoying to them. Condescending to people with claims that all things must fit into a fictional set of labels of your choosing often has unfortunate results.

For instance, you can refer to that last set of creatures as “wyverns” all you want. Whether you see that category as a “type of” dragon, or a different creature altogether– that’s your choice. No one can stop you!

However

If I refer to one of them as a “dragon”, and you say, to my face:

“…..Actually, that’s not a dragon, it’s a wyvern”…


I will promptly shove you, and your entire family, into a locker.

This has been a PSA

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The History of Middle-earth \ Dragons

“Dragons lived throughout the First, Second, and Third ages of Middle-earth and may have lived longer. They were originally bred by Morgoth during the first age to serve as gigantic shock troopers and mobile artillery. The first dragon ever seen in Middle-earth was Glaurung, the father of dragons, who Morgoth used to great effect during the fourth and fifth battles in the War of the Jewels. Like most of the creatures made or twisted by Morgoth, they were capable of reproducing naturally. Dragons were sometimes referred to as serpents, great Worms, or simply Drakes, with the first two specifying the Wingless Dragons.

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there and back again…