5 Mythical Dragons
25 June 2021
Dragons! No princess rescue mission would be the same without them. And every knight needs to prove their worth by fighting off a terrifying, fire-breathing beast. From myths and legends to folklore stories and fairy-tales, dragons have captivated audiences for centuries and are now appearing in children’s shows across the country. So let’s take a closer look at five mythical dragons and what they’re best known for.
Typhon – Hundred Headed Dragon
Typhoeus or Typhon was considered the mightiest monster in Greek mythology. He was the last son of Gaea and Tartarus, created as a last attempt to repel the Olympian gods from defeating the Titans. Known as the ‘father of all monsters,’ Typhon was a formidable fire-breather who had a hundred heads that never slept. He was always on guard and ready to battle whenever an enemy neared.
Zmey Gorynych – Three Headed Dragon
There’s a bit of a theme going on here, but Zmey Gorynych also had multiple heads. This evil, three-headed Slavic dragon features in Russian mythology, with statues of him erected across the country. According to legend, Zmey Gorynych – which translates to Snake of the Mountains – can speak and is so huge that he blocks out the sun when flying.
Druk – The Thunder Dragon
An established figure in Bhutanese culture, Druk has elaborate scales all over his body and is widely known as the Thunder Dragon. He appears on Bhutan’s national flag and is mentioned in the national anthem. The leaders of Bhutan are also referred to as Druk Gyalpo which translates to Thunder Dragon Kings.
The Chinese Dragon
The Chinese dragon also known as Loong, Long or Lung is a legendary creature in Chinese mythology. According to legend, there are nine different dragon types, with the horned dragon being the most powerful and the winged dragon being the oldest. The spiritual dragon brings rain and wind to the earth for the benefit of mankind while the dragon of hidden treasures protects concealed wealth. A coiling dragon lives in the water and the homeless dragon lives in the ocean or in the mountains.
Apep the African Dragon
As you can see, stories of dragons come from across the globe with Apep being a significant part of Egyptian mythology. It’s believed this massive serpent lived in Egyptian’s underworld called Duat. Accounts suggest that Apep is longer than the height of eight men and has a head made of flint. His roar is believed to cause thunderstorms and earthquakes and when he attacks, a solar eclipse happens.
If you love everything about dragons, don’t miss the children’s play of the summer – Dragons and Mythical Beasts showing at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in London and across the UK on tour. A brand new family show, featuring breath-taking puppetry and magnificent monsters, this is a must-see for the whole family. Book your theatre tickets today and make memories to last a lifetime.