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The dragon : fear and power

The dragon : fear and power

Author: Martin Arnold
Publisher: London, UK : Reaktion Books, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Dragons are a global phenomenon, one that has troubled mankind for thousands of years. From the fire-breathing beasts of North European myth and legend to the Book of Revelation's Great Red Dragon of Hell, from those supernatural agencies of imperial authority in ancient China to those dragon-women posing a threat to male authority, dragons have a wide variety of forms and meanings. But there is one thing they all  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Arnold
ISBN: 1780238975 9781780238975
OCLC Number: 1131479232
Description: 328 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: One. Dragons in Greek and Roman Mythology --
Two. Dragons in the Bible and Saints' Lives --
Three. Germanic Dragon, Part 1: Old Norse Mythology and Old English Literature --
Four. Germanic Dragon, Part 2: Sagas of Ancient Times --
Five. Dragons in Bestiaries and Celtic Mythology --
Six. Asian and East Asian Dragons --
Seven. Dragons in the Anti-establishment Folktale --
Eight. European Dragons as Fictions and Facts: From Medieval Romance to the Nursery Dragon --
Nine. Old Dragon Revives: J.R.R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis --
Ten. Wilderness of Dragons' --
Eleven. George R. R. Martin's Dragons and the Question of Power.
Responsibility: Martin Arnold.


The Dragon traces the history of ideas about dragons and asks what exactly it might be in our imaginations that appears to have necessitated such a creature for thousands of years.  Read more...


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