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Dragonslayers: From Beowulf to St. George (Myths and Legends)

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From legend and mythology to The Hobbit and A Game of Thrones, the dragon is a perennial favorite in the fantasy genre.

With its fiery breath, scaly armour, and baleful, malevolent stare, the dragon became the ultimate symbol of evil and corruption in European 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 legends. They became dragonslayers. The list of dragonslayers is small, but it is filled with great and legendary names. Hercules, Beowulf, Cuchulain, Sigfried, Lancelot, and Saint George all battled to the death with dragons. Other heroes such as the Danish King Frotho, the French Saint Mercurialis, the Polish champion Krak, and the Russian warrior Dobrynya Nikitch might be less well known to western readers, but also fought and defeated dragons. This book will retell the greatest legends of this select group of warriors, while examining the myth of the dragonslayer in a historical, mythological, and even theological context.

About the Author

Joseph A McCullough is the author of several non-fiction books including A Pocket History of Ireland and Osprey's Zombies: A Hunter's Guide. In addition, his fantasy short stories have appeared in various books and magazines such as Black Gate, Lords of Swords, and Adventure Mystery Tales. He also co-wrote The Grey Mountains, a supplement for the Middle-Earth Role-Playing game. The author lives in Oxford, England.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Ancient Dragonslayers

Cadmus, Founder of Thebes

Hercules and Ladon, the Hundred-Headed Dragon

Daniel of the Lion's Den

Norse Dragonslayers

Sigurd the Völsung

Beowulf

Holy Dragonslayers

St. George and the Dragon

Pope Sylvester I

St. Carantoc and King Arthur

Medieval Dragonslayers

John Lambton and the Lambton Worm

Dieudonné de Gozon, Draconis Extinctor

Lord Albrecht Trut

Dobrynya Nikitich and Zmey Gorynych

Dragonslayers form Around the World

Manabozho and the Fiery Serpents

Pitaka and the Taniwha

Agatamori

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781780967301
Subtitle:
From Beowulf to St. George
Author:
Mccullough, Joseph
Author:
Dennis, Peter
Author:
McCullough, Joseph
Publisher:
Osprey Publishing
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Subject:
Role Playing & Fantasy
Subject:
Science / Adventure
Subject:
Children s-Fables
Subject:
Children s-People and Cultures
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Myths and Legends
Publication Date:
20130319
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 MONO; 27 COLOUR
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
9.75 x 7.25 x 0.25 in 0.58 lb

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Children's » Fables
Children's » Nonfiction » World Cultures
Children's » People and Cultures
Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling

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