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The Dragon by GENZOMAN The Dragon by GENZOMAN
Hi guys, here goes a commission I done the last year for:iconaeonoftime:: A dragon, the dragon.. did you know Beowulf story helps to create the archetype for the modern occidental dragon? . hope you like it :)
Bamboo/pscs/7hours/music: Call of the dragon - therion.

Lets wikiattack!

In the third act of the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf, the hero Beowulf fights a dragon, the third monster he encounters in the epic. Having returned home from Heorot, where he killed Grendel and Grendel's mother, Beowulf becomes king of the Geats, and rules wisely for 50 years. When a slave steals a jewelled cup from a dragonlair, the angry dragon brings destruction to the homes of Beowulf's people. With his thanes, Beowulf goes to slay the dragon; however faced with the dragon the thanes run away in fear. Only Wiglaf stays with Beowulf. The dragon wounds Beowulf fatally, and Wiglaf slays the dragon.

This depiction indicates the growing importance and stabilization of the modern concept of the dragon within European mythology. In fact, Beowulf is the first piece of English literature to present a dragonslayer. Although many motifs common to the Beowulf dragon existed in the Scandinavian and Germanic literature, the Beowulf poet was the first to combine features and present a distinctive fire-breathing dragon. The Beowulf dragon was copied in literature with similar motifs and themes surrounding the use of dragons in fiction such as in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, one of the forerunners of modern high fantasy.

The dragon fight, occurring at the end of the poem, is foreshadowed in earlier scenes. Beowulf's fight with the dragon symbolizes the fight against evil and destruction; in fighting the dragon the hero knows a failure on his part will cause destruction to his people. The scene is structured in thirds and ends with the deaths of the dragon and the hero.
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michaelcrutcher Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Brighthalk Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That looks really cool. I looked at your other art and I think you're style is awesome too, keep drawing!
Kisilewicz Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
I like your style, but those wings are completely non-functional. It's quite common when people are drawing dragons and other winged creatures. The wings have almost no substance and they aren't attached in any meaningful way. Dragon wings should be attached with huge pectoral muscles and they should look far more powerful than the other limbs. Wings have to do tremendous amount of work lifting his massive body off the ground, keeping it afloat and supporting it in the air. Imagine the amount of strength required in that task and the workout they get every day.
NemesisAuthority Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
OMG This is so nice!
TebbyZed Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love the anatomy on the piece. Well done.
Ramman05 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Awesome Job man! :D
Leo256 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Always a grand piece, hope one day to get to your lvl of artistic greatness.
Josh592 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013   Writer
Bad ass!!
Korombos Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Very nice dragon. The Welsh Red is one of my favorites. I like the underbite muzzle you gave him.
(Wikiwrong. Beowulf fatally wounds the dragon in the flank after Wiglaf wounds it in the belly. Beowulf succumbs to the Dragon's venom, but not before getting an eyeful of the treasure he died for: he had Wiglaf fetch it for him.)
xxAkatsukiGirl85xx Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
a very fantastic picture :iconawwwplz:
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