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Coolest Dragons Ever

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Vermithrax-Pejorative
VERMITHRAX PERJORATIVE

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SMAUG

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DROGON

Gotta love them dragons.

I have long maintained that Vermithrax Perjorative was the coolest dragon ever put on film... but Peter Jackson's version of Smaug, from the second HOBBIT film, may have stolen his laurels.

And I gotta say, our own baby Drogon is growing up fast.

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chris_warrior
Feb. 11th, 2014 12:08 am (UTC)
i agree; Drogon looks amazing at the end of that special. very 'wow'. :D

(though for me, he's coming up on the dragons in Reign of Fire for 'coolness' quotient)

Edited at 2014-02-11 12:09 am (UTC)
Mary Ellen Wofford
Feb. 11th, 2014 12:14 am (UTC)
Vermithrax Pejorative has always been my personal favorite as well. When our little GoT dragons grow up then it will be a fair comparison.
The best thing about Smaug...his voice...Benedict Cumberbatch (I call him Bandersnatch Cumberbund to drive my daughter crazy) has got that sibilant, evil sneer of a voice down so good!
webbre3
Feb. 11th, 2014 12:30 am (UTC)
Dunk
Any news on dunk and egg?
grrm
Feb. 11th, 2014 01:48 am (UTC)
Re: Dunk
A Dunk & Egg collection is in the works. More on that later.
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mentord00d
Feb. 11th, 2014 12:37 am (UTC)
Love all three.

Also, while still a cartoon, the dragon from Sleeping Beauty is pretty decent.

But Smaug for the win! But it looks like Drogon could potentially give him a run for his money =)
deathling
Feb. 12th, 2014 02:12 am (UTC)
Speaking of cartoons, did you ever see Flight of Dragons? When I was a kid, I used to think that the dragons in that movie were amazing, but watching it again recently, I realized how overweight and not-worky they are. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwuhdhYL8UY
revonrut
Feb. 11th, 2014 12:49 am (UTC)
There was a time, we had a rat problem. I bought three rat traps and I would carve a notch in each when a rat was caught, and killed. There was a family of crows that came to feast on the dead rats that I put out for them. This is all true. I named the rat traps Vhagar, Meraxes, and Belarion.
Shaunn Wenig
Feb. 11th, 2014 01:11 am (UTC)
Dragons
That was hands down my favorite moment of the entire video.
balinares
Feb. 11th, 2014 01:11 am (UTC)
I'd agree... except DRACO. Draco Draco Draco. Nicest dragon ever. If the Cocteau ever does a dragon event, I sure hope Dragonheart will be on the list, because intelligent, friendly dragons need more recognition. Doesn't hurt when they're voiced by Sean Connery, either.

(Also, fun fact: you'll recognize a handful of the Dragonheart cast from the Harry Potter saga. Also, in Dragonheart, Jason Isaacs, a.k.a. Lucius Malfoy, plays a character called Felton; in Harry Potter his son is played by Tom Felton, and his name is... Draco.)
volk_nn
Feb. 11th, 2014 05:20 am (UTC)
+1

Draco is the most friendly and charming dragon of media culture, IMHO =)
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tuffnut
Feb. 11th, 2014 01:14 am (UTC)
Drogon looks incredible here! I can't wait to see how large the dragons have grown when scenes from ADWD air.
insurrbution
Feb. 11th, 2014 01:15 am (UTC)
Thanks for remembering my request for a post!

I'm glad you enjoyed the film...or Smaug, at the very least. I liked how it sound like Benedict if you knew it was him beforehand (plus using technology to dragon-ize his voice), as well as the visuals of him 'about to breathe fire.' My dragons won't talk, but structurally they will be similar to the dragon that is Smaug, as well as various species in Skyrim - wyverns, I believe. Either way, I'm looking to The Hobbit (Part 3) as well seeing more of the dragons in the HBO series.

PS - my girlfriend just recently finished reading 'A Game of Thrones' and she enjoyed it greatly.
1991necromancer
Feb. 11th, 2014 12:15 pm (UTC)
Smaug's voice wasn't edited with technology. If you watch the interview with Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans and Evangeline Lilly you'll see that Benedict did the Smaug voice without any help.

Edited at 2014-02-11 12:18 pm (UTC)
Boba Fett
Feb. 11th, 2014 01:31 am (UTC)
Awesome!!
Congrats George!! It seems HBO really likes you lol. Any chance we'll see more of Drogon in Winds? Perchance by this Christmas....
omega_soul
Feb. 11th, 2014 03:32 am (UTC)
I think it's a great temptation to evolve dragon theme in Song, just to watch as epic as it would be on screen of series))
northrop_fried
Feb. 11th, 2014 04:05 am (UTC)
Dear GRRM,
I know this isn't a Q&A format, but I have a very simple Q, from a professor of medieval literature; have you read Chaucer? B/c some of you passages and some of your character are very Chaucerian.
grrm
Feb. 11th, 2014 05:04 am (UTC)
I read some of CANTERBURY TALES many decades ago, in college. Can't say I've read any since.
cemeteryconsort
Feb. 11th, 2014 04:32 am (UTC)
Sqeeeeee!!!! (I know that sounds childish.. but boy, I feel like a kid again reading and watching this series.)
tomwalkerstark
Feb. 11th, 2014 07:00 am (UTC)
Does Viserion look cool too?!
Drogon is awesome, but i must admit i find Viserion cooler. Just because he has a snappier aura about him, he's got attitude like Viserys did. Hopefully we get to see a bit of him this season!?
grrm
Feb. 11th, 2014 07:21 am (UTC)
Re: Does Viserion look cool too?!
Can't answer for the show... but you'll certainly see Viserion in THE WINDS OF WINTER.
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remosito
Feb. 11th, 2014 08:07 am (UTC)
smaug
smaugs size and strength combined with the incredible grace, elegance and precision was an aweinspiring way to convey the terrible power of dragons.

very impressed by the few shots from the new season too. Looking very promising!

Edited at 2014-02-11 09:08 am (UTC)
vromb_
Feb. 11th, 2014 08:18 am (UTC)
I guess the film Smaug is an old fashioned poser, who's loneliness is pitiful.
While Drogon should really remind true savage & hardcore reptiles, Balerion and the likes.
akakaki
Feb. 11th, 2014 08:21 am (UTC)
I still find the mechanical Katla from The Brothers Lionheart to be one of the scariest.

Considering how TV-dragons look, I am very impressed by the dragons in Game of Thrones.

Smaug is wonderful :D
Mat Jones
Feb. 11th, 2014 08:28 am (UTC)
A Flight of Dragons
Those two were great, but my all time favourite dragon (beyond the one on my nation's flag) has to be Gorbash...or is it Sir Peter? Oh no, I've gone and merged them!
Ramond Ulvúrinn
Feb. 11th, 2014 09:23 am (UTC)
Coolest Dragon Reign of Fire
And what about "Reign of Fire" dragons? I find those the most real-looking (ex aequo with Smaug now, and possibly GoT dragons in the future) and when I am reading about dragons in ASoIaF I always visualize them like in this film. Especially the Battle of the Field of Fire will be connected in my mind to the scene of incinerating soldiers column, and Kingspyre Tower with the scene of bull dragon streaming fire into the castle.
grrm
Feb. 11th, 2014 05:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Coolest Dragon Reign of Fire
Yes, the REIGN OF FIRE dragons looked cool as well, though the film itself... well...
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chyyr
Feb. 11th, 2014 09:28 am (UTC)
The dragons are wondrous!

PS I've stumbled upon a picture that looks very like a The Monkey Treatment character in the wild:
http://pelengart.livejournal.com/36156.html

I'm not sure if the artist had read the story, but the resemblance is interesting, in my opinion.
janelight
Feb. 11th, 2014 09:46 am (UTC)
Well, Smaug is formally not a dragon - he is a wywern )) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyvern
woodbyrne
Feb. 11th, 2014 09:16 pm (UTC)
Yup. And so is Drogon, Viserys, and Rhaegal.
jimmys30
Feb. 11th, 2014 10:17 am (UTC)
Vermithrax has always been at the top of most dragon lists. In one of the scenes (Its been years so forgive my hazy memory) i think i remembered a shot of Vermithrax crawling up and out of a cave towards the hero. It was the fact that the dragon crawled like a bat is what stuck w me all these years later. It added a creepiness to the way it moved i guess. Besides that, he just had that malevolent or sinister design to his look.

In that quick shot of Drogon, along w younger scenes of him, he has a similar, almost unbridled ferocity or animal rage which theres little to no reasoning with.

I wonder why the designers of Vermithrax, or you for that matter went w the bat-like dragon look over the 4 legged kind?




Edited at 2014-02-11 10:19 am (UTC)
Jeremy Scholem
Feb. 11th, 2014 10:51 pm (UTC)
Granted, we are talking about dragons, so realism can only go so far but: dragons are generally represented as somewhat reptilian, and reptiles have four limbs. As do all other land vertebrates. A four legged and two winged dragon would have too many limbs for a "normal" vertebrate.
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erdbeerrei
Feb. 11th, 2014 10:51 am (UTC)
Love, love, LOVE how little Drogon turned out and can't wait to see him in action in the upcoming season <3
DsimhaSimha
Feb. 11th, 2014 11:35 am (UTC)
Charizard
Sorry to everyone
But Charizard still wins lol
noybusiness
Feb. 11th, 2014 02:11 pm (UTC)
I just noted your admiration of Vermithrax on her Disney Wiki page, where she was already noted as Guillarmo del Toro's favorite movie dragon alongside Maleficent.
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