"With its fiery breath, scaky armour, and baleful malovent stare, the dragon became the ultimate symbol of evil and corruption in Eurioean folklore and mythology. Often serving as a stand-in for Satan, or the power of evil gods, dragons spread death and hopelessness throughout the land. Only heroes of uncommon valour, courageousness, and purity could hope to battle these monsters and emerge victorious. Those that did became dragonslayers.
"The list of dragonslayers is small, but it is filled with great and legendary names. Hercules, Beowulf, Sigurd, and St. George all battled to the death with dragons. Other heroes such as Cadmus, founder of the City of Thebes, Dieudonne de Gozon, the Knight of Rhodes, and the Russian warrior Dobrynya Nikitich, might be less well known to Western readers, but also fought and defeated dragons. This book retells the greatest legends of this select group of warriors, while examining the myth of the dragonslayer in historical, mythological, and even theological contexts."
DRAGONSLAYERS is part of the Myths and Legends. Mr. McCullough has done a superb job of putting together well researched material complete with illustrations. It covers multiple sections: Ancient Dragonslayers; Norse Dragonslayers; Holy Dragonslayers; Medieval Dragonslayers and Dragonslayers From Around the World.
Advance reading copy provided by Darrin Turpin with many thanks.
There had been an ealier post on the vastness of the cosmos and its different life forms, as as the karma or one's consequences of their actions which was deleted in error by accident. This may have been instant karma or just a rash decision of pressing the wrong button instead of "Update".
Over the years I had read about various types of meditation where one could learn over time answers to questions. It took several attempts of trial and error to mix bits of methods together to facilitate appropriate responses.
One time I was curious about how choices were dealt with, and I queried over how a person was chosen to assist another in a given situation. My meditated answer resulted in a brief internal vision of standing and looking up a very tall lectern where a large book rested, open two-thirds in. Behind the lectern stood a tall man dressed in a long dark coloured robe, the forefinger of his right hand slowly making its way down a list of entries. He turned the page and continued down several more entries until he reached the one he sought. Behind the man were tiers of shelving.
I took note of my position in comparison to the man and discovered I stood less than knee height on him.
Afterwards I contemplated over this experience, thinking it to be a visit to the Akashic Records. At the time I had not seen the entry nor knew what the entries in the large volume were for except it seemed as if the man was trying to find a match to my query.
Photo Credit: 1902 Ice Grotto in Akulkan Glacier by Jasonwoodhead CC=flickr.
“Blood will flow, heads will roll, dragons will soar, and the dead shall rise. Journey to ancient cities ruled by sinister mages, storm-tossed seas where monsters dwell, mysterious towers full of ancient secrets, and dark dungeons with untold treasures. From Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian to George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire, join the legendary heroes—and villains—of sword and sorcery in nineteen epic adventures that are sure to bring out the barbarian in you.
David G. Hartwell is one of the science fiction and fantasy genre’s most experienced editors. He has been a senior editor at Tor books since 1995, and his many anthologies include the Year’s Best SF and Year’s Best Fantasy series. He has received the Hugo and World Fantasy awards and administrates the Philip K. Dick Award.
Jacob Weisman is the World Fantasy Award-nominated editor and publisher of Tachyon Publications. His writing has appeared in The Nation, Realms of Fantasy, and the Seattle Weekly. He is the series editor for anthologies including The Secret History of Fantasy, Steampunk I and II, and The Treasury of the Fantastic.
Introduction: Storytellers: A Guided Ramble into Sword and Sorcery Fiction by David Drake.
The Tower of the Elephant by Robert E. Howard
For my first experience of Robert E. Howard’s words, despite seeing the Conan movies, this was a marvelous romp into a fantastic adventure. Each step Conan took his goal was set with perils more deadly than the previous. Despite being a thief, Conan’s compassion is revealed in an unexpected moment.
Black God’s Kiss by C. L. Moore
A sword wielding woman, Jiral of Joirey, is taken in combat, only to escape to seek a weapon in a tunnel beneath the dungeon. A creepy and compelling story to remind you to be careful what you ask for.
The Unholy Grail by Fritz Leiber
A wizard’s apprentice uses his magical lore to seek revenge.
The Tale of Hauk by Poul Anderson
An excellent norse tale of a father saddened by his son’s refusal to go pillaging is finally laid to rest.
The Caravan of Forgotten Dreams by Michael Moorcock
A well told tale of an anti-hero enlisting old acquaintances to fight an evil magician
The Adventuress by Joanna Russ
A pick pocket is hired by a spoiled teenage woman to assist in her escape of matrimony.
Gimmile’s Songs by Charles R. Saunders
Dossouye, an ex-soldier, with her war bull encounters mercenaries carrying an unusual mystic object.
Undertow by Karl Edward Wagner
Desslyn vows to escape the torments of a necromancer. There are several creepy minions combined with excellent swordplay.
The Stages of the God by Ramsey Campbell (writing as Montgomery Comfort)
Topops, forced from the city he ruled, locates an ancient shrine in the desert where he takes a stand against mercenaries.
The Barrow Troll by David Drake
Johann, a priest kidnapped from his bed, is manipulated to assist a wild northerner in taking a troll’s hoard.
Soldier of an Empire Unacquainted with Defeat by Glen Cook
A skilled swordsman and worker of elemental energy assists sheepherders against bullies. There are several well done episodes of magic, swordplay and inter-personal relationships.
Epistle from Lebanoi by Michael Shea
A Shakespearian foray into a swamp.
Become a Warrior by Jane Yolen
An excellent tale of survival by a resilient young girl; her father, the King, is cut down in battle.
The Red Guild by Rachel Pollack
An assassin is hired to subdue a dragon.
Six from Atlantis by Gene Wolfe
Thane enters the mysterious realm where stones change to gems, and beautiful women wield swords.
The Sea Troll’s Daughter by Caitlin R. Kiernan
Malmury is determined to collect the bounty for killing the sea troll.
The Coral Heart by Jeffrey Ford
An intriguing story of a man with a magical sword capable of turning victims into coral.
Path of the Dragon by George R. R. Martin
Daenerys Targaryen, Queen of Dragonstone, with her three dragons has sailed to Westeros to bargain for slaves.
The Year of the Three Monarchs by Michael Swanwick
When a writer begins to craft a story, often it is useful to use a photo to study or ponder: what if...
Most of my ideas come from history and locations based on those found here, though currently I have been considering work still on a fantasy level with other elements of a supernatural nature.
For characteristics I sometimes use those found in astrological charts to form a complicated set of behavioural patterns. There are several websites where one can obtain a relatively thorough chart complete with quirks. It all depends on the degree of where the planets are placed and in conjunction with other planets. The variations are there for consideration. All signs have their bright or shadow side, often in various combinations.
This is a photo of the Flathead Range in the Crowsnest Pass in south-western Alberta.
Whenever the weather turns bitter cold with blowing snow the locals in Toronto complain initially and then they open up a little more to others in friendly gestures. Often the worst of the cold is over in a week; however, this time its continuing into a second week without much of a break. It warmed a little on Saturday to deliver snow and then the temperature dropped again. We should be counting our blessings and not encourage the deep freeze occurring in western Canada where Regina and Calgary have been experiencing -40C.
My absences from posting is due to personal matters taking a precedence. Two book reviews are nearing completion which should be posted soon.