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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian20 Mar 2017 2:55 a.m. PST

Do you have a favorite?

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 4:00 a.m. PST

Joy from Wen Spencer's 'Wood Sprites'


Andrew Preziosi Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 4:09 a.m. PST

Jim Eckert/Gorbash from "The Dragon and the George".

GurKhan20 Mar 2017 4:12 a.m. PST

Either Gorbash, or Mayland Long from R A MacAvoy's "Tea with the Black Dragon". He's human most of the time, so may not count, but he does have the best cover illustration – link

warwell20 Mar 2017 4:20 a.m. PST

Eustace Scrubb

Ney Ney20 Mar 2017 4:21 a.m. PST

Gotta be Smaug!

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 4:59 a.m. PST

Richard Boon's link Smaug from the 1977 The Hobbit

Dynaman878920 Mar 2017 5:04 a.m. PST

Smaug – only other Dragon with any personality I have read is in the Tremiere novels and since I can't remember any of the dragons in that one other then Tremiere and that one's personality is annoying at best.

I have not read the Dragonrider novels yet.

Drogon may work his way up the ladder.

Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 5:04 a.m. PST

Puff the Magic Dragon.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 5:15 a.m. PST

Smaug is a piece of work but you gotta say, he's got personality

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 5:31 a.m. PST

Neither of these are from novels but when has fidelity to poll questions ever stopped us?

Technically, H.R. Pufnstuf is a dragon. Further, he's the only dragon elected to public office that I'm aware of, which makes him exceptional and, dare I suggest, "novel"?

Pete's Dragon is named Elliott from an unpublished short story not a novel by Seton I. Miller.

Karellian Knight20 Mar 2017 5:43 a.m. PST


Dschebe Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 5:45 a.m. PST

I don't have a favorite dragon; but maybe if we talk about their 'mothers'… (smile).

Gone Fishing Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 6:18 a.m. PST

It's not a novel, but the dragon in Beowulf is very deftly portrayed, and likely served as a model for Smaug. This makes perfect sense, of course, as Tolkien was always perfectly open with the fact that he had learned a number of his tricks from the Beowulf poet. (The professor often referred to him as "Cynewulf" – so much nicer to give him a name!)

Second pick would be Smaug!

SJDonovan20 Mar 2017 6:29 a.m. PST

Aunt Agatha.

Qurchi Bashi20 Mar 2017 6:29 a.m. PST

Gleep, in the Myth series books by Robert Asprin.

wminsing20 Mar 2017 6:32 a.m. PST

Tied between Smaug and Temeraire


Personal logo herkybird Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 6:55 a.m. PST

Mnementh from Anne McCaffrey's 'Dragonriders of Pern' series, a must read, if you haven't already!

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 7:19 a.m. PST


Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 8:30 a.m. PST

Ruth from The White Dragon and Smaug (of course).

USAFpilot20 Mar 2017 9:09 a.m. PST

When I think dragons, the first name to come to mind is Smaug.

Parzival20 Mar 2017 9:41 a.m. PST

The Reluctant Dragon (actual name "the dragon," no capital letters), from the story of the same title by Kenneth Grahame. If you have not read it, or had it read to you, you were clearly a Philistine as a child. Go ye from hence and read it, forthwith!

But, of course, Smaug is still number one.

Also ran: Glaurung.

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 11:54 a.m. PST

Richard Boon's Smaug from the 1977 The Hobbit

Ya beat me to it!

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 12:16 p.m. PST

Smaug and Glaurung -- Tolkien had the gift!

Then maybe Puff the Magic Dragon, and Cecil the Dragon from Beany and Cecil.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 12:17 p.m. PST

The dragon that lives under the volcano Paricutin, he's a baddie!

Landorl20 Mar 2017 1:06 p.m. PST

Not a book, but I also liked Draco from Dragonheart.

Of course it's hard to be any better than Smaug!

evilgong Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 1:45 p.m. PST

Glaurung seemed to enjoy being a dragon.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 2:59 p.m. PST

It's from a short story (linked to a series of novels) … Yevaud.

Legbiter Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 3:02 p.m. PST

Smaug, then the one in the Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishigura, and after that, Fafnir as envisaged by Stevie Smith – in a poem, not a novel.

"In the Quiet Waters
Of the forest pool
Fafnir the Dragon
His tongue will cool

His tongue will cool
And his muzzle dip
Until the quiet waters lave
His muzzle-tip

Happy simple creature
In his coat of mail
With a mild bright eye
And a waving tail

Happy the dragon
In the days expended
Before the time had come
For Dragons to be Hounded

Delivered in their Simplicity
To the Knights of the Advancing Band
Who, seeing the simple Dragon
Must Slay him our of Hand."

Kropotkin303 Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 4:36 p.m. PST

Glaurung. What a complete bastard. Not my favourite, but memorable.

Manipulative ain't the word.

Tolkien had it. He knew his dragons.

Cmde Perry20 Mar 2017 4:38 p.m. PST

A second for Eustace Scrubb, and of course for Smaug.

But may I also suggest you acquaint yourself with Management in Larry Correia's Monster Hunter Legion? (For that matter, read the whole series!)

Tiberius20 Mar 2017 4:42 p.m. PST




Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 4:59 p.m. PST

The dragon Ellegon from the Guardians of the Flame series, he was pretty cool.

thorr66620 Mar 2017 6:00 p.m. PST

Dunkelzahn or Gorbash

Double W Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 6:59 p.m. PST

Melanchthon, the nihilistic, manipulating steampunk dragon from The Iron Dragon's Daughter.

Personal logo John Treadaway Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2017 1:47 a.m. PST

Glaurung every time (though Ancalagon the Black purely for the wing span…).

Scatha's pretty good too, in a poetic sense.

Sure, Smaug's a pretty colour so he gets all of the publicity! wink

John T

langobard Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2017 3:25 a.m. PST

Smaug, but a third vote for Eustace Scrubb :)

Parzival21 Mar 2017 6:20 a.m. PST

I forgot Chrysophylax from Farmer Giles of Ham!

Weddier21 Mar 2017 6:00 p.m. PST

Kazul, female King of the Dragons in P. C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest series. I like Cecil also, but he's a sea-sick sea serpent, not exactly a dragon.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2017 10:42 p.m. PST

Yes! I was just myself thinking I'd neglected to give mention to Chrysophylax!

Khusrau22 Mar 2017 9:02 a.m. PST

Glaurung, but Pern as well. There is also the 'Dragon' Kalessin from Earthsea.

So my nominees in order:

Glaurung – Tolkien
Kalessin – Ursula Le Guin
Smaug – Tolkien
Wyrm – Beowulf
Toothless – How to train your dragon…

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