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How were the dragons created? Did some God create them?

For example, we know that Melkor created the Dragons in Arda.

Is there something similar in the world of George Martin's?

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In terms of the ultimate origin of dragons this question can't be answered because there isn't even any evidence that the gods exist let alone what they may have created. –  curiousdannii Jun 24 '14 at 12:55
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Moreover, I believe GRRM has said that there never will be any evidence of any god's existence. –  TLP Jun 24 '14 at 15:02
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They came in a spaceship, sent by their parents from the dying world of Krypton. They can fly and breathe fire because of the planet's yellow sun. –  user24620 Jun 24 '14 at 15:43
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I think this kind of question goes against the spirit of ASoIaF. There are no answers in the books about almost nothing, only hints and folk tales. I'd say GRRM isn't interested in providing this kind of backstory, but that's my (unsupported) opinion. ASoIaF isn't a tale like Lord of the Rings, which has a creation myth that more or less corresponds to the truth. –  Andres F. Jul 6 '14 at 15:33
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When a mommy dragon and a daddy dragon really like each other... –  Ihor Sypko Jul 8 '14 at 19:59

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The original 3 dragons of the Targaryen conquerors came from Valyria.

Other than that there is no information or "talk" on the origins of dragons. While they are connected to magic and seen as magical, they're also seen as animals. The people of Westeros don't discuss the origin of "cows" or "lions".

Everything about Valyria and it's fall seems - even in universe - to be shrouded in myth and legend, as such we know very little about it.

AFAIK - and I've read pretty much everything connected to ASOIAF - Valyria in general has been mentioned only indirectly, and the origin of dragons hasn't been touched on at all.

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I disagree with your point about people seeing Dragons as non-magical like a 'cow' or a 'lion'. Though they are (seemingly) non-existent, they are still very much seen as magical beings. –  Mooz Jul 6 '14 at 21:08
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True, you've a point, and I'll make an edit tomorrow. –  Binary Worrier Jul 6 '14 at 22:28
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+1 The people of Westeros don't discuss the origin of "cows" or "lions" Well maybe it's time we start asking some serious questions! –  Daft Jun 29 at 9:16

Here are some quotes from the books themselves:

She had heard that the first dragons had come from the east, from the Shadow Lands beyond Asshai and the islands of the Jade Sea. Perhaps some were still living there, in realms strange and wild. (A Game of Thrones, Daenerys III)

“Firewyrms. Some say they are akin to dragons, for wyrms breathe fire too. Instead of soaring through the sky, they bore through stone and soil. If the old tales can be believed, there were wyrms amongst the Fourteen Flames even before the dragons came. The young ones are no larger than that skinny arm of yours, but they can grow to monstrous size and have no love for men.” (A Feast for Crows, Arya II)

The Game of Thrones season 1 featurette "Valyria and the Dragons" confirms that the Valyrians did find dragons in the Fourteen Flames, though I'm not sure if it is really considered canonical.

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Once there were two moons in the sky, but one wandered too close to the sun and cracked from the heat. A thousand thousand dragons poured forth, and drank the fire of the sun. That is why dragons breathe flame. One day the other moon will kiss the sun too, and then it will crack and the dragons will return. -- GOT page 235

It is known.

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Can you add which chapter that quote is from? –  Shevliaskovic Jul 6 '14 at 11:29
    
Daenerys :-) I'll addthe page number –  user1129682 Jul 6 '14 at 14:12
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It is known ... –  System Down Jul 6 '14 at 20:26
    
@SystemDown: i posted this answer, just because i wanted to post a comment like yours. –  user1129682 Jul 6 '14 at 21:58
    
It's only a myth, so what "is known"? –  Mithoron Jun 29 at 15:53

A non-Game of Thrones, real-world answer:

A theory that has risen recently in anthropology is that dragons are an amalgam of the greatest predators early man came into contact with: lions, birds, snakes and lizards. The first carving of a dragon is believed to originate in Mesopotamia or what is modern Iraq, coming out of Africa and into northern Africa and the middle east as the first modern men formed civilized areas.

The desire for self-preservation or the prolonging of the race would lead to the warning of creatures that seem threatening; that being said it’s not hard to believe that early man would fuse them all together to know what attributes to avoid in other animals.

'The Human Brain. The most fascinating explanation involves an unexpected animal: the human. In his book An Instinct for Dragons, anthropologist David E. Jones argues that belief in dragons is so widespread among ancient cultures because evolution embedded an innate fear of predators in the human mind. Just as monkeys have been shown to exhibit a fear of snakes and large cats, Jones hypothesizes that the trait of fearing large predators—such as pythons, birds of prey and elephants—has been selected for in hominids. In more recent times, he argues, these universal fears have been frequently combined in folklore and created the myth of the dragon.' http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/where-did-dragons-come-from-23969126/

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Very interesting, although not an answer to the OP’s question. –  Paul D. Waite Jun 29 at 9:25
    
This should probably be a comment as it's not really an answer. Do you have any references to support this recent theory in anthropology? –  Daft Jun 29 at 9:29

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