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More than a Fairytale: In defence of dragons

“When a dragon acts as a foil to the hero, their role is to reflect back all the qualities a hero must hide in order to be, well, a ‘hero’. A dragon is the sort of ‘person’ they would love to be but just can’t because of the endless pressure to look permanently pure and picture perfect.”

In the first instalment of her column, More than a Fairytale, Jess Steadman explores the history and cultural importance of dragons (and wyrms). Artwork by Chen (Cornelia) Chen.