Ten of the best dragons in literature by Sofi Croft

1. Smaug in The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien is one of the finest treasure hoarders and fire breathing embodiments of evil.

Conversation with Smaug, by J.R.R. Tolkien

2. Jabberwocky in Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll is absolutely the best dragon for talking nonsense with.

 The Jabberwocky, illustration by John Tenniel 

3. Eustace Scrubb in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis is a perfect example of how becoming a dragon can build character.

 The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, illustration by Pauline Baynes

4. Kazul in The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede is an excellent employer of bored  princesses.

 Dealing with Dragons cover art by Peter De Séve

5. Saphira in Eragon by Christopher Paolini is a magical dragon to telepathically bond with.

 Eragon and Saphira by Ciruelo, created for the 10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of Eragon 

6. Kalessin in The Other Wind by Ursula K. Le Guin is full of ancient wisdom.

 Poster for the Studio Ghibli 2006 film, Tales from Earthsea, loosely based on the Earthsea books

7. Toothless in How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell is a fun fishing partner.

 Toothless illustration by Cressida Cowell

8. Firedrake in Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke is one of the best dragons to ride on a long adventurous journey.

 Dragon Rider cover art by Don Seegmiller

9. Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion in A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin make effective bodyguards.

 The dragons in Game of Thrones, the television series based on the Song of Ice and Fire books

10. Norbert in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K.Rowling is a highly unsuitable but interesting pet. 

 Illustration by Mary Grandpré in the US and Brazilian editions of  Harry Potter