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October 7, 2008 11:03 PM Subscribe
Here there be dragons.
On 8 October 2008, the #1 book on Amazon.com
was Christopher Paolini’s Brisingr
, the third book of the Inheritance
quartet. The books recount the adventures of Eragon and Saphira, the last Free Dragon, but they are hardly free from past influences
. In medieval lore
, dragons are man’s great foe, a monstrous version of the serpent from the garden of Eden. Raphael’s painting (c. 1506) of St. George and the Dragon
evokes this idea, but dragons and their heraldic
relatives, the wyverns, gained a more positive reputation over time. Look to Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle
for the inspiration behind Paolini's dragons, or try Dealing with Dragons
, geared towards younger readers. There be dragons
on bookshelves everywhere.
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