Friday, April 6, 2012
F is for Firedrake
Firedrakes are Norse dragons. They guard treasure, and breathe fire, and kill heroes like Beowulf. To be fair to the firedrake, Beowulf did steal a jeweled cup from its lair. Then it started to eat people, and blow fire, and generally cause lots of death. Beowulf had to face it. He brought along some "loyal" Thanes, but all of them ran except Wiglaf, who ended up slaying our firedrakey friend, but not before it took Beowulf with it.
Did you know that J.R.R. Tolkien was a scholar who translated Beowulf into modern English? Smaug comes directly from that old epic poem. Which is awesome. And gives me even more of an excuse to draw a fire dragon for my blog.