Claude The Fire Breathing Dragon & Sir Gabe
Author of Dragon Tales
The Queens favorite author
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Did dragons really exist?My theory is, yes they did. They appear in the mythology and legends of ancient civilizations which were separated, not only by thousands of years, but thousands of miles as well, and had no contact with one another . To me it seems too vast a generalization to state that they simply 'invented' fabled creatures which were so much alike.
How could something that big fly? With ease, apparently. Fossils of pterodactyls, pteranodons and other winged dinosaurs prove that huge winged reptiles were a reality millions of years ago. Recent discoveries indicate that some of them may have had a portion of their brain devoted solely to navigation and flight.
Did they breathe fire?Many reptiles spit or spray venom that is caustic enough to blister skin. An ancient hunter's encounter with a dragon, re-told over generations, may have given rise to the "fire-breathing' legend - for, what is it that burns? Fire!!
Why did they guard gold and treasure?Dragons are historically denizens of cooler climates, and what better place to spend an icy winter but up in a nice warm secluded cave. At the same time, 11th and 12th-century folk had no really secure place in which to stash away gold, silver or any other valuable items. I picture them taking their riches in chests or sacks, up to the comparative safety of a dry, unoccupied (or so they thought) cave. Later, it may not have been easy retrieving property from a cold, grumpy dragon, and over time - just as with the fire-breathing story - the legend of dragons 'guarding' treasure began.
The Dragon's Lair
If you are driving up Interstate 5 in northern California, just past Yreka - watch for the dragon! We first noticed it about a year ago. Made from 'found objects,' it stands about ten feet high and twenty-something feet long.
It apparently likes attention, because when taking these pictures I saw a spotlight installed nearby so it can be admired at night. This takes 'art in public places' to a whole new level...
There is also Claude the Dragon, a mechanical metallic monster that tours Celtic gatherings in the foothills area, Nevada City/Grass Valley. Welded together and outfitted to belch flames, Claude is the hit of any festival he attends.
Look up 'claude dragon' on the internet - he's there somewhere. Look up ‘DRAGOON’ in the dictionary. Its first definition is ‘a dragon.’ Its second is a weapon or firearm, and/or the soldier wielding it.
I got curious over why percussive military devices were named after dragons – so I did some research.China was, of course, first to develop gunpowder - then Sung Dynasty craftsmen produced a small, hand-held firearm described as a pocket cannon. Further, the more ornate ones, owned by royalty, were made to look like a dragon!
Apparently this design caught on for there are descriptions and drawings in ancient Chinese war chronicles that refer to dragon cannon, and early Chinese musket-like weapons very likely took on the same appearance. The first encounters with the Chinese may have been via trade along the Silk Road , or at sea between pirates and European ships.
Imagine the fascination the Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch or English would have had for the fanciful guns – and their eagerness to copy and produce ‘dragon cannon’ of their own.
As a matter of fact dragon cannon still exist outside China, although most are owned by collectors. In Borneo museums there are two-wheeled field cannon dating back to the 1800s complete with the head, feet and tail of a dragon.
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Meet the Author
Candy ... begin your edits in the early 1980s, Candy Taylor Tutt was given a book on dragon lore - and her life took a different turn. Fascinated, she began researching the cultures in which dragon legends are found, and eventually read quite a bit of dragon fantasy fiction. "I read Anne McCaffrey, of course - Barbara Hambly - Andre Norton - and loved their work.
However I also read some really lousy fantasy/sci-fi books, and thought, "Hey, I could do better than this!" Dragon tales began to accumulate, some based on real people or events, others on new versions of myths and legends. " A few were published, but mostly I stuck them in a drawer as soon as they were finished - I couldn't wait to start on the next one." In 2002, Candy established Libris Draconis Press.
'Ten Dragon Tails,' her first book, was published in 2003, and the following year it won the 2004 Best Fantasy Book Award from Sacramento Publishers and Authors. "I remained curious about certain dragon folklore, such as why Vikings carved dragon heads on the prows of their ships - and what the connection was between Vlad Dracul, 'Son of the Dragon,' and vampires? And what about the fire-breathing thing?"
The answers to those questions - and others - make up 'Dragon Scales, Dragon Tales.' Candy's second book from Libris Draconis Press will officially make its debut in May 2008. Check the 'Events' page for details! I'm just saying:
A simple design means so muchBy Candy Taylor Tutt
Published 12:01 am PDT Sunday, August 13, 2006
Story appeared in Scene section, Page L1
View Online at SacBee.com Earth, air, fire, water and spirit -- a simple design. Because it has personal significance I decide on an ancient art form to display it. "OK -- ready?" "Yep." A quick cold wipe of sanitizer, then the first rapid-fire jabs as the tattoo needle bites into my shoulder. Adrenaline kicks in and the feeling alternates between an annoying sting and a sharp burning sensation, accompanied by the droning buzz of the motor. I'm euphoric half an hour later when it's finished, colors bright and lines crisp. At 60 I no longer let society dictate my appearance -- I'm comfortable in my own skin. End edits here
Besides if you get cold you can get warm just do not get to close!!!