They have enthralled mankind for centuries, and are known in one shape, form or another to most cultures on the earth.
To my mind, arguably one of the best known by name is probably Smaug, from J.R.R.Tolkien's The Hobbit. A wonderful introduction and scene setter for the later trilogy, The Lord of the Rings.
I first read The Hobbit as a young teen-ager, and haven't really ever looked back since. I for one am eagerly awaiting the cinematic release of the movie! I really hope they do the story justice and the visual effects of Smaug are second to none.
Well, here's my verison of Smaug, thanks to GW's Dragon model from their Lord of the Rings range.
A handsome beast he is too, and quite a hefty all metal kit requiring the usually drilling, pinning, gluing and puttying, before we can get onto painting him.
Here he is in all his magnificence.
And of course to complete, the title roll of the story; Bilbo Baggins. Here perhaps we see him reminiscing about his journey with the dwarves so many years ago.
"Look out for the dragon Bilbo!"
"Dragon!? Nonsense, there hasn't been a dragon in these parts for a thousand years...."
Dear old Bilbo, and his most troublesome ring!