Dragons – these majestic creatures that inspire so much fear and admiration at the same time. Possibly the most popular mythological creatures, dragons are known worldwide.
“They’re dragons, Khaleesi, they can never be tamed. Not even by their mother.”
―Jorah Mormont to Daenerys, A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin
Short story about Dragons
The word „dragon” comes from „draconta” (Greek), which means „to watch”. The Greeks and many other cultures depicted these huge beasts as guarding treasures.
They were not good or bad, but sometimes they were seen as useful and protective and other times they seemed to be dangerous and deadly.
In medieval times, Christians regarded dragons as evil and it is likely they actually considered them to be real.
More over, when people discovered dinosaurs giant bones around the world, they thought they were dragons.
Nowadays, the Komodo Dragon, an aggresive and deadly lizard, is the real life exponent of these mythological creatures.
Nevertheless, people don’t seem to forget about dragons too soon. We have films, games and books that feed our imaginations.
„How to Train Your Dragon”, „Dungeon and Dragons”, „Mulan”, „The Never Ending Story”, „Sleeping Beauty” or „The Hobbit” are just a few examples.
Oh… and Game of Thrones, the Mother of Dragons.
#9 Interesting Facts about Game of Thrones Dragons and How they Came to Life
„When my dragons are grown, we will take back what was stolen from me and destroy those who wronged me! We will lay waste to armies and burn cities to the ground!”
– Daenarys Targaryen
While we all know that Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion are not real, that they are just CGI creations, we kind of see them as true characters in the Game of Thrones plot. So, how many of you asked yourself how these wonderful mythological creatures came to life for the show?
Here are some interesting facts about Game of Thrones Dragons…
#1 In Season 2, the three dragons were about the size of a small cat. So the actors used some prop-dragon puppets on-set.
#2 Tortoises mating, birds and dolphin sounds, a pissed-of seal and lions were some of the sounds used and mixed-up together in creating the dragon scream sound effects and other vocalizations.
#3 Drogon is about 40 feet long in Season 5. How was he created? It seems that his traits were inspired from real-life animals: the Komodo dragon mentioned above, iguanas, horned lizards and crocodiles. Drogon’s phisical motions were inspired by eagles and bats. Guess who’s the raw source of flight taking off? The pelicans!
#4 From prop-dragon puppets to a custom-built fire-breathing crane, the special effect team from Game of Thrones made sure the actors can better relate to an imaginary, but accurate spatial presence of the majestic creature.
„Zaldrīzes buzdari iksos daor.”
―„A dragon is not a slave.” – Daenerys Targaryen
#5 In Game of Thrones, dragons seem to be strongly connected to Magic, as magic does indeed return to this world after or alongside the birth of Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserios – the first dragons in over 200 years.
#6 Dragons lay eggs that are about the size of human child’s head but heavy as stone. Their eggs are very difficult to hatch and apparently they can maintain the spark of life even for centuries. The eggs hatching seems to be connected to some form of blood magic, as Daenarys would find out in the very first season of Game of Thrones. As her House words are saying, they require fire and blood.
#7 Similar to birds, dragons will imprint on the being that is present when they hatch. They will regard that person as their person. This is how Daenarys becomes The Mother of Dragons!
#8 Dragons are very resistant to fire, obviously, especially when it comes to their own flames. It is believed that in many ways dragons are fire that took form as flesh. „Fire cannot kill a dragon”, remember? 🙂
#9 Fire is often associated with life, but also with Death. Dragons are carnivores, and the three dragons of Daenarys are no exception. Their diets must consist entirely of meat. They actually need to roast their prey with their own flames in order to consume it. And yes, any kind of meat would do – horses and men altogether.