[DWJ] Dragon history question

Minnow minnow at belfry.org.uk
Thu Jul 15 06:46:00 EDT 2010


Charlie Butler wrote:
> On 15 July 2010 09:58, Katarina Hjrpe <katarina.hjarpe at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > > And in
> > the film The Apple War, the dragon just happens to live in a cave that's
> > the
> > entrance of a gold mine, so that it's not even guarding a "treasure" as
> > such, but just a very valuable natural resource that just happens to be its
> > home. (And the guy who kills it is STILL the hero!)
>
>
> Yes, guardian dragons have a thin time of it, overall. The ones set to guard
> the Golden Fleece and the garden of the Hesperides come off no better, even
> though they were "only doing their job". But then, a lot of myths of this
> kind - Jason's being a particularly egregious example - seem designed to
> glorify theft.

It's just the Ancient Greeks.  They had a different set of standards 
from ours.  Ulysses was the sort of person who would end up in court for 
fraud these days, not lauded as a hero.

Minnow



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