Ranting Dragon’s Favorite… Dragon!

We have a new feature for you, starting today. Every Sunday, our writers and editors will select their favorite… something. This isn’t a top list, just personal preference of the Ranting Dragon staff members. I’ll be honest with you—we totally stole this idea from Pornokitch’s Friday Five. Seriously, check out their lists; they are awesome!

Without further ado, here are Ranting Dragon’s favorite dragons:

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Ferrovax from The Dresden Files
By Garrett
Kick ass, super-powerful being who we only see in human guise, though smoke still comes out of his mouth (he often hides it with a cigarette). Some supernatural entities bend around forces of nature; this guy is a freaking force of nature. The oldest and strongest dragon alive, he is also a signatory of the Unseelie Accords, the governing document of proper interactions between supernatural entities—one of only about a score of signatories, most of whom are groups, not individuals.
Snow from A Memory of Flames
By Michelle
Snow has to be one of the greatest (and most terrifying) dragons of all time. She’s smart, ruthless and deadly. She’s no one’s pet and acts entirely on her own agenda to free her race from their drug-induced enslavement. Humans are considered either ‘useful’ or ‘food’. If they’re especially lucky, they may even be ‘useful amusing food’. Although her success would spell disaster for mankind, I can’t help but cheer her on. I also love her questionable ‘sense of humor’.
Smaug from The Hobbit
By Michael
I’m a traditionalist. Smaug was the first dragon I came across who was a character, not just an evil beast to be slain. He demonstrates all of the traits you expect from an immensely old, powerful and intelligent creature, talking to and toying with Bilbo. Yet he proves himself to be a gigantic spoiled brat when he loses it over the theft of one insignificant item from his treasure hoarde.
Rand al’Thor from The Wheel of Time
By James
I know, I know, he’s not “a dragon”—but “the Dragon” is a badass mofo. I mean, RJ pretty much God-modded when he created Rand. He’s the most powerful channeller in ages, learned to wield a sword like a blademaster in a year, and has three women lusting after him—that is just pimp and badass. During the first half of the series when he’s all whiny and crying over all the women he’s killed, he’s a pain in the ass and you just want to punch him in the face and tell him to grow up—but after that? After he actually does grow up, he’s just awesome and all powerful.
Falkor from The Neverending Story
By Jake
He is a bit untraditional for a fantasy dragon. His fire is blue, he doesn’t have wings, he’s not particularly powerful, and he is a luck dragon. I’ve always enjoyed the depictions of dragons in Oriental culture and Falkor is this type, in the book at least—in the movie, he looks like a dragon dog. Still, this loyal comrade has a unique look and lots of luck (and a very chill attitude).

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So, who is your favorite dragon? Let us know in the comments below, or on the forums!

About Stephan van Velzen

Stephan van Velzen
A 31 year-old Communications student, Stephan loves publicity and design, particularly web design. When he’s not designing websites, he can be found in a comfy chair reading a fantasy book. In The Ranting Dragon, he has found a way to combine these passions and discover a new love for writing to boot. Stephan lives in a small town in The Netherlands with his wife Rebecca, an editor for The Ranting Dragon, and their two cats.

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14 comments

  1. Stephan van Velzen

    My favorite dragon… Hmm, it’s hard to pick one! I think I like Snow and Smaug. But really, Tolkien’s Glaurung is much more epic and frightening. 😀

  2. What?  No Anomander Rake from the Malazan Series? He’s seriously my favorite soletaken dragon!

  3. Smaug has always been my favorite. 🙂  Good choice.

  4. I tried to find A memory of flames to add the book but couldn’t find it – who is the author?  My favorite dragon hmm…. I don’t think I have one – I like alot of dragons.  I like the one in the Dragonlance books that are by Margarest Weis and Tracky Hickman (you know the one that hangs out with Fizban/Zifnab) ? 
    Pabkins @ Mission to Read

  5. Paladine?  Silvara?  Been awhile since I’ve reread those, I’m not remembering a good many.

  6. Memory of Flames is written by Stephen Deas. The first book is The Adamantine Palace. 🙂

  7. Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon is by far my favorite.

  8. Thanks for the link – we’ll be following your favorites with great glee. And happy blog birthday!

  9. Oh, also, Smaug. Definitely Smaug.

  10. Does anyone remember Heart’s Blood from the Pit Dragons trilogy by  Jane Yolen?  She was a charmer.

  11. Pawsibilitiespets

    I have to throw in a vote for Anne McCafferey’s Dragons of Pern- especially Ruth the white dragon!

  12. Snow and Smaug are my favourites. Also Safaia from my own novels.

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