Fire Dragon, Water Dragon, Wood Dragon

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Having been recognized by the Lord of the Dragons as  Dragonkin…

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…the knight…

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…now observed dragons of many forms joining him in his quest. This day the Fire Dragon and it’s mirror, the Water Dragon, made themselves known to him…IMG_0861

Though what role they might play in his quest he knew not.   But perhaps the most enigmatic of all was the Wood Dragon, which made contact from a land far off and foreign…

: )

Here there be Dragons

 

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Our knight-errant…

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In the course of continuing his Quest, was led by the gleam of the rising sun to Dragon Gate…

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For three days and three nights he readied himself to journey though the gateway.

When finally prepared, he let go his physical being and his  disembodied soul entered the portal, and traveled through the winding passages of wyrm holes.  Soon he found himself, not in a den of a solitary dragon, but within a dragons’ lair holding dozens of the creatures.

 

Uncertain of his purpose, he carefully snaked his way through the throngs of snarling beasts.   There, a young dragonling befriended him..

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With its aid, other dragons the knight met,  and then was flown to the heavens, for an audience with, Draco, Lord of the Dragons..

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And there what transpired cannot be told in the tongues of men.

 

 

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In a hole in the ground there lived a…

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During my walk this morning I was thinking of the opening lines to a novel that I’m working on, wondering if they would draw the reader into the story as they must, to entice the reader to continue reading.   Then I began browsing through my memory of opening lines to books that I could recall off the top of my head.   Of the several I remembered, my mind lingered upon the opening line from Tolkien’s “The Hobbit”.

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”

 

Later in my walk, the sun, still low in the eastern sky, broke through the clouds and illuminated this massive, twisted trunk of a tree

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As I took this picture,  a loon wailed from across the lake and another line from The Hobbit leapt to mind:

“Stand by the grey stone when the thrush knocks, and the setting sun with the last light of Durin’s Day will shine upon the key-hole.”

According to a fan site:  Durin’s Day was a yearly event noted by the Dwarves, “when the last moon of Autumn and the sun are in the sky together” (i.e., until sunset) on first day of the dwarves’ New Year, which was “the first day of the last moon of Autumn on the threshold of Winter.”

I find it interesting that my experience is completely antipodal to this ~ we are still in the threshold of spring and it is the rising sun that illuminated this mysterious entryway, which does not at all promise the comforts of a Hobbit Hole:

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As I studied this portal,  one more scene from The Hobbit came to mind; that moment when Smaug’s eye opens and searches for the ‘burglar” Bilbo Baggins.  The shape of the twisted trunk, and the scar in the bark, suggests a dragon rearing its head with the slit of an eye opening:

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In this one formation, three scenes of the Hobbit are brought into one, a bird heralding the sun’s illumination of a hidden passageway that leads into a dragon’s lair, a hole in the ground where something dwells, and the waking of the dragon.   Perhaps one need not wonder where this portal leads….  And, given the opposite nature of my experience to the “prophecy” that aids Bilbo, this suggests that it is not a hostile, but a helpful dragon that awaits on the other side of this gateway.