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Why did J. K. Rowling choose to downplay dragons?

She didn't choose to violate genre conventions. She doesn't read fantasy in the first place, and Harry Potter wasn't intended as a (high) fantasy. In an interview with The New York Times, J. K. ...
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Tolkien calls Sauron Morgoth's Greatest Servant - But does he ever really earn that with his actions?

Who is more powerful, the President of the United States or the marine guarding him? In personal one-on-one combat I'm certain the marine would defeat the President. However, it is the President ...
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What was Sirius' way of tackling dragons?

We find out later in the book, when Sirius writes to Harry after the task: Congratulations on getting past the Horntail. Whoever put your name in that goblet shouldn’t be feeling too happy right now! ...
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What's the origin of the trope that dragons used to be common but aren't any more?

The idea that dragons were once numerous, but are no longer, is just one of many manifestations of what TV Tropes calls the "The Magic Goes Away" (named for the Larry Niven story). It is ...
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Why did J. K. Rowling choose to downplay dragons?

Dragons in Harry Potter are indeed powerful. Though it’s true that dragons were used in one of the tasks of the Triwizard Tournament competed in by schoolchildren, dragons were shown to be powerful ...
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Books about dragons and war from a cat-loving author

It sounds like Eragon by Christopher Paolini. Published in 2003 but it looks like the German translation wasn't published until 2009. The film was 2006. Eragon finds a dragon egg and it hatches. ...
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What's the origin of the trope that dragons used to be common but aren't any more?

I think this is inspired by real life. Consider that where I live — the island of Ireland — was once a habitat for elk, wolves, wild cows and many species of deer. Over the last thousands of years ...
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Wouldn't this dragon have a lot of trouble flying?

It's likewise impossible for zombies to walk with no blood pumping through their veins and no way for them to move huge distances with no source of energy, nor does it make sense that they could run, ...
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Wouldn't this dragon have a lot of trouble flying?

Magic is not the answer (in this case) Magic is not the correct answer here, in my opinion. There are many things about the dragons that can be answered by magic: How Viserion was born from a ...
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Is there any mention of the absolute ceiling of dragons?

No there is no such mention in neither books nor the show. It is unlikely there would be any mention either as: Dragons vary in their strength, agility and endurance so one definite answer is not ...
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Which dragon did we see in S07E06?

The closed captions indicate that it was Viserion. Daenerys watches as Viserion flies by screaming after having been hit.
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How many dragons ever existed on Middle-earth?

As usual, Tolkien Gateway has the best compilation of info: There were 4 named ones: Glaurung — Father of Dragons, slain by Túrin Turambar. First of the Uruloki, the Fire-drakes of Angband. He had ...
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How did demolishing the bridge to the lake town Esgaroth help against Smaug’s attack?

You have to read the whole passage. Specifically: ... his enemies were on an island in deep water too deep and dark and cool for his liking. Smaug could fly and would likely initially attack from ...
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In Game of Thrones, can a dragon be killed?

Dragons are susceptible to physical injury, especially those involving sharp metal-pointed spears or arrows as well as injury from blunt trauma. The 4th in the Dunk and Egg novella series "The ...
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How many dragons ever existed in Westeros?

Number of Dragons in Westeros In Westeros Dragons first came with Targaryen invaders. There were three of those dragons: Balerion the Black Dread Vhagar Meraxes In reign of King Viserys I, ...
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Why are there no other dragons in ASOIAF?

Flawed Premise In order to hatch a dragon in A Song of Ice and Fire, the eggs must be heated to an incredible heat Who said that? Dragon incubators do not exist in Planetos. Hatching a dragon ...
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Why are dragons considered magical in A Song of Ice and Fire?

At the risk of stating the obvious: Dragons fly and breathe fire. The largest bird of prey in our world is the Eurasian vulture, weighing up to 14 kg. Assuming the weight of a fully grown dragon is ...
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What types of dragons are there in Middle-earth and how and why do they differ?

There were Fire-drakes and Cold-drakes The first fire-drake to issue from the gates of Angband was Glaurung; he was said to have sired the other fire-drakes and they are also the most common. Again ...
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Was it Ice or Fire?

As Dawny33 speculated, and speculated correctly. It was fire. This is confirmed in an interview by The Huffington Post with director of the episode "Dragon and the Wolf", Jeremy Podeswa, when asking ...
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Identify the background image of a dragon from this book cover

The user "88grzes" on Deviant Art claims to be original artist of the image and as posted it here calling it "Baptism of Fire". Along with the image they also have the following description. Thanks ...
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Tolkien calls Sauron Morgoth's Greatest Servant - But does he ever really earn that with his actions?

Since you invite challenges to your premise, I'm going to offer some. How controlling is the context? You make a lot of "But Tolkien is talking about Sauron in the context of a servant", and use the ...
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Book about dragons and time travel

This is one or more of the novels in Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series, which began in 1967. The characters in these novels can travel through time while riding their dragons. The ...
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Was it Ice or Fire?

It is fire The thing which the dragon was breathing radiates like flames, which only fire can do. Never seen any creature in Scifi breathing ice which radiates flames Also, one can clearly see black ...
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Tolkien calls Sauron Morgoth's Greatest Servant - But does he ever really earn that with his actions?

Things Sauron managed to pull off: Leading the greatest Men on the planet, the ones most beloved of the Valar, Eldar, and presumably Eru as well, astray, leading to the damnation of pretty much all ...
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Was Balerion three thousand or two hundred years old?

There is no explicit age given. But Barristan Selmy's guess seems to be a good one. There is no reason to believe that oldest MUST mean it is also the biggest. Not all the dragons would have died at ...
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Name/Author of story of heart surgeon who corrects alligator hearts and makes dragons

This is The Day of the Dragon, by Guy Endore. (He's credited as "Guy Endor" in the linked reproduction but appears as "Endore" on Wikipedia and IMDb.) A Professor Crabshaw endeavors to cure alligators'...
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Movie in which two men ask a dragon three questions

I think this may be the Earthsea miniseries. With the help of Ogion, Ged confronts the Gebbeth and attempts to drown him using a rock, however, it escapes with Ged's likeness and voice. Ged's ...
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