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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. Rowling said the following: Any literary genre you simply can’t be bothered with? “Can’t be bothered with” isn’t a phrase I’d use, because my reading tastes are ...


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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 that commands the military of the United States. Similarly, other Middle-earth creatures may have been more powerful individually (Balrog, Dragons, etc) but ...


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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! I was going to suggest a Conjunctivitis Curse, as a dragon’s eyes are its weakest point — “That’s what Krum did!” Hermione whispered — but your way was better, ...


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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 really one of the most common and fundamental tropes in fantasy—that the world of the past was more magical and fantastical than the world we live in now—and it ...


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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 creatures. The task wasn’t actually to defeat a dragon, just to retrieve an egg guarded by one. To defeat a dragon, Sirius Black says would need about six ...


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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 they have been killed off, or couldn't adapt to environmental changes. The wolves were common in Ireland in the 17th century (see Wolves in Ireland) and my ...


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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. He bonds with it and becomes a dragon rider. Big Bad Galbatorix has his own dragon and had all the other riders killed. There are elves. There was a film that a ...


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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, carry heavy weapons, be strong enough to strangle people, but are somehow incapable of swimming. Nor do the aerodynamics of the living dragons make a whole lot ...


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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 possible. GRRM deliberately refrains from explicitly stating anything like speed, time, climb rate etc. When a fan asked how big is Westeros, his answer was: ...


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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 petrified egg How zombie Viserion was resurrected from a corpse How Viserion's dragonfire is different from normal fire How zombie Viserion's icefire works in the ...


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The closed captions indicate that it was Viserion. Daenerys watches as Viserion flies by screaming after having been hit.


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Spoilers for the books, of course:


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A lot of the material and references you mention are part of the Dungeons and Dragons game source material. In particular, Tales of the Sword Coast takes place in the Forgotten Realms setting, which is a campaign world designed by Ed Greenwood for his Dungeons and Dragons game, and which eventually became a licensed product that included source books, ...


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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 four legs and could breathe fire, but didn't have wings. Ancalagon the Black — first and mightiest of the Winged-dragons, slain by Eärendil in the War of Wrath. ...


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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 Princess and the Queen" by GRRM contains a vivid depiction of the damage a dragon can receive: Hundreds fled in terror from her flames … but hundreds more, drunk ...


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Their origin is not entirely known. This source states: Tolkien clearly wrote that dragons were bred by Morgoth but no one is sure how. Some belief that dragons are embodied Maiar, others believe they are simply beasts who were trained by Morgoth to speak and to think, still others suggest they are "sparks" of Morgoth himself, another theory is ...


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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, twenty dragons were alive. Since records aren't kept for all hatchlings, we only have records of dragons which grew up a bit. Many hatchlings died in infancy and ...


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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 is not that simple. Blood magic All the accomplishments of the Dragon Lords were thanks to Blood magic. They possibly used blood magic to hatch dragons from ...


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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 similar to an elephant, dragons weigh about 5500 kg, or nearly 400 times more than a vulture. The people of Westeros may not understand the details of ...


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Some real-world animals are thought to be able to go for a very long time without food, relatively speaking. For example, crocodiles can go over a year without eating and this page says it "is typical" for some snakes in the wild to go without food for 6 months. If we assume that Smaug gorged himself after coming to Erebor and slowed his metabolism in the ...


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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 the air in an assault on a target like Lake Town. However, he wasn't a machine. He would eventually tire from flying around or need to land for more precise ...


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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 the all important question "Was it Ice or Fire?". (Emphasis mine throughout) “The way I looked at it was, when the sept burned down, that was green fire, and ...


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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 for all comments in other works, I try to reply everyone but it take a lot of time ;/ (and all new interface stuff ;p) Anyway finally I found some while to ...


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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 original three novels were Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The White Dragon. You most likely read The White Dragon, which concerns the story of Jaxom, a young lord, ...


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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 and grey smoke coming out of the wall wherever the blue fire touches it. Ice on ice creates white smoke. But here, it is more greyish towards the upper side of ...


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In the books it is mentioned several times that dragons do not grow as large when they are kept in captivity. Mike gives a good example of this in his answer. Also: As to their extinction, Marwyn hints in AFFC that: All that said, it is still not explained whether:


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