Brittain, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland
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There are alot of dragons in and around the English countryside, in Wales, in Scotland, and in Ireland. Perhaps it was the Celts and their leaders, perhaps it was the Christian religion and their propensity towards dragon-slaying. Where they real? At the very least, they were quite real in the minds of the peasants and they were a very good controlling force against insurrection. But that's all history.....or is it?
They are known as dragons, wyrms, worms, ormes and were often the main characters in stories about the Church redeeming even the vilest souls.
Some Celtic / Gaelic / Scottish dragons are linked to the Chinese version by way of the first Byzantine Empire. It also shows Aegean influences.
See below for more notes.
Illiana, the Golden Dragon, has the following:
For more information on the various Saints associated with England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, visit Religious Dragon.
General Notes on these Dragons:
- Cernunnos / Horned Snake / Horned One / Hu Gadarn
- Water Dragons: Lough Graney, Dhulough
- Dragon of Connacht
- Lancelot and the Dragon
- Llamhigyn Y Dwr / Water Leaper
- Stoor Worms
- Mestor Stoor Worms
- as well as other listed on the Dragons by County page.
- A snake that eats another snake may turn into a dragon.
- In Welch, Draig also means lightning or the sun.
- King Arthur had a dragon on his helmet.
- The term "Dragon" was used for just about all beasts and general nuisanses.
- Most of the dragons appearing in these tales are quite stupid and easily led, as well as generally defenseless.
- Dragons were used in burial mounds to scare away grave-diggers.
- Many tales may have been created just so that the hero could be heroic.
- A 7-headed hydra appears in Grimm's "The Two Brothers".
- Dragons with 4 legs are generally from Wales.
- The word "dragon" is related to "derc" in Old Irish, meaning "eye"
Lars Nooden in "Animal Symbolism in Celtic Mythology" tells us that "King Arthur's troubles with the future of his kingdom are presaged by dreams of dragons and serpents at the time of Sir Mordred's conception."