There Be Dragons!

The time has come for Ásbjorn, son of Ivar, to set off on his journey into Jötunheimr.

Fraught with peril, he will brave the bitter north wind and harsh snowstorms that plague the lands far to the north. His path will take him into the frozen realm of the frost giants, where he must pass through the Iron Wood, in search of a dragon that can defeat his father’s arch nemesis — the infamous Chief Hrothgar.

I have this evening begun writing of Ásbjorn’s adventure, and it has provided me with a rare opportunity to slip in a little of the ancient lore. I especially like writing about the Iron Wood, which is the same wood that Tolkien based Myrkwood on in his book, The Hobbit. I look forward to introducing Angrboða, Queen of the Iron Wood and the Jötun sorceress who founded the black arts known as Seiðr.

This should make for an interesting tale! Especially when he finds and must capture his dragon!

Published by Jessica Urquhart

First off, who am I? My name is Jessica Urquhart. Writing has always been a hobby of mine, which got its start in middle and highschool, when I'd write short stories for the amusement of my friends and classmates. Currently, I'm working on my first book, my one true love of a story I've been saying I would one day write. Well, that day has come. If you'd care to follow my musings on the adventures and hurdles of writing my first fantasy book, then please, read my blog.

13 thoughts on “There Be Dragons!

  1. This sounds like a very interesting part of the story. My Asian spirit animal is the Black Dragon determined by the celestial alignment at the date and time of my birth. I think I might enjoy meeting the dragon in your story.

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    1. Cool! I’ve never written about dragons before, and I’ve yet to start, so this is going to take some careful planning. The final outcome of the fight with the dragon is planned, but I need to take care to make it believable. How do you fight a dragon? You have no advanced modern earth based weaponry, but you do have magical abilities. But keep in mind that dragons would likely have a pretty high resilience against magic, as well as most weapons. Lots to think about!

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      1. Think of the dragon like a wolf with a master. It is docile and obedient and also fiercely protective. It will fight without concern for life to protect its master. The dragon can only be defeated by cleverness. Direct conflict always gives the dragon victory but he can be trapped and his power contained. Like the wolf, he will have strengths and weaknesses in battle and the victor must exploit the weaknesses and avoid the strengths of his or her opponent.

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      2. You seem inspired by eastern dragon lore. The northern lore treats dragons a bit differently, but the intelligence is definitely one of its attributes. Ásbjorn must capture a dragon, but he will not be taking the time to befriend and tame one. Instead he will bind it to his will with powerful magic. My plan is for the characters to attempt to lure the dragon into a trap. It’s the tiny details that are the snag. The questions I’m pondering are what are a dragons physical weaknesses? How can it be killed? Or weakened, for that matter, so that it might be killed…

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      3. Historically dragons had a weakness in their scales near the heart that someone could thrust a lance or sword through or maybe an arrow but it requires pinpoint accuracy to hit. They need a lot of space to open and use their wings so a confined area leaves them unable to fly. If it’s a fire breather, ruh-roooh! Gotta clamp them jaws so it can’t BBQ the dragon trapper. Maybe catching it while it’s sleeping one could cast the spell. 😳🐉

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      4. That’s going to be a real challenge. I guess I need to work out how the magic functions. But later, it will be a battle against the dragon. The protagonist needs to kill it somehow.

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      5. Just my opinion as a very intrigued reader of this awesome story, but killing the dragon should be really hard to do and a few unnamed Individuals and maybe even a minor character or two should be sacrificed for the task. Then maybe a desparate near death act of dragon defiance wins the battle with a miracle shot or spell or something. Making the dragon so hard to kill makes it’s use in the story important and remarkable. I think I might be pulling my hair and using bad English while reading such an intense scene. The harder it is for you to solve that riddle the more it’s going to appeal to the reader. You could even make it suspenseful by involving a challenging hunt and then the epic confrontation. Gosh, I got myself all worked up now. 🤠🐉 ignore me, my imagination gets away from me at times.

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      6. Thank you Jessica. I am really enjoying your story. I can see that when you are done it will be first rate. My enthusiasm takes control sometimes. But, you have full green light to tell me to shut the heck up at any time so you can concentrate. 😄

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      7. Thanks! But don’t worry! You can’t break my concentration. If I need to focus, then I just won’t look at my phone until I’m done. Anyway, I do have a vision of what I want to achieve, just minus the little details, so having these enthusiastic conversations is good for inspiration. In the end I’m going to do what I’m going to do, but maybe some little thing someone says makes me notice a crucial flaw to my plan. For example, I hadn’t even considered the fact that the dragon wouldn’t be able to easily open its wings in tight spaces, and it just so happens that my plan for the dragon battle involves a canyon with a river. I’d better stop there before I give too much away! Haha!

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      8. Ha ha ha! I’m not sayin’ nuthin’ to nobody. I agree. Conversations with people always give me inspiration. It’s the fun part of doing a project for me. You are right tho, it’s your vision that ultimately goes down on the page. So far, you’ve done an excellent job so it’s working for you.

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