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Don’t lie on your gold

Tom Shippey: Dragons!, 9 June 2022

The Dragon in the West: From Ancient Myth to Modern Legend 
by Daniel Ogden.
Oxford, 458 pp., £30, September 2021, 978 0 19 883018 4
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... What do​ dragons look like? ‘Broadly serpentine’, Daniel Ogden writes in The Dragon in the West, but with ‘animalian heads, thick central bodies, wings and clawed legs’. They are armoured with scales, live in caves, love to hoard treasure and, of course, breathe fire. George R.R. Martin found a neat solution to an old problem with dragons ...

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