Nestled among the books, there rests a slow burn of dragons. A quick Google search will tell you that it’s either a “flight of dragons,” a “weyr of dragons,” or a “wing of dragons.” But these are library dragons. They breathe fiery rhetoric, have burning questions, and hotly debate the finer points of grammar. They singe the pages now and then; not because they would ever burn a book, but because they get a little too excited about the plot twists and turns.

They are little characters, each with its own distinctive personality, and yet…

Not one of them has a name.

Not a single one.


Well, they can’t all be Herman and Oscar, now, can they?

But lest they talk amongst themselves and start nicknaming me – and they are already skeptical of my claim to be a Bronze Dragon, so I suspect the nicknames would burn – I could use help. I’m normally better at naming creatures than this, and they certainly deserve to have names. I don’t think we can impose names on them – they’ll either fit, or not fit – but nothing’s popping into my head, not even a bad suggestion.

Look at the photo – do any of them whisper their names to you? (I’m beginning to understand the whole “Rumplestiltskin” story – perhaps they are all teasing me, refusing to tell me their names, expecting me to guess! What payment will they exact, if I fail?) While the middle dragon on the second-from-the-top shelf doesn’t exactly have a name, he has plenty of epithets, such as “Grammar Dragon” and “the Dragon of Invincibility and Plausible Excuses.” 

He’s just waiting for me to come up with a plausible excuse for not giving him or his kin names.


Please, if you have any idea what their names might be, leave a comment below. My friend Tracy suggested I give a little more “background” on these guys – it might help in naming them. So here you go:

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Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; Innocents & Demons; and A New Leaf for Lyle. You can find her books on Amazon at http://amazon.com/author/hollyjahangiri. For more information on her children's books, please visit http://jahangiri.us/books.
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5 thoughts on “Dragons”

  1. I can’t name any of these dragons but of course there are dragons with names. There’s Toothless, Norbert & Eragon just to get started. 🙂 I can’t remember the name of the dragon in Dragonheart, but the fact that he was a talking dragon was good enough for me. 🙂

    1. I don’t really want to name them after famous dragons, but Toothless and Norbert are kind of “names headed in the right direction,” if you know what I mean. Whatever their names, they have to fit their personalities. It’s the #1 Rule of the Naming of Things, isn’t it?

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