Dragons are one of the most enduring of mythical creatures and hold a special place in the hearts of many people. They have been present in the myths, folklore and art of a diverse range of cultures throughout time, and stories about them continue to this day. This post is primarily a collection of links to resources for those interested in finding out more about these amazing mythical creatures.

Japanese Imperial Dragon Robe, Late 19th Century

Dragon Websites

Encyclopaedia Britannica - Dragon
American Museum of Natural History - Dragons
Folklore Thursday: Dragon Legend - Myth or Half Truth?
Live Science - Art Dragons Real?
Ancient Origins: Dragons - Exploring the Ancient Origins of the Mythical Beasts
Mythology.net - Dragons
Mythology wiki - Dragons
American Museum of Natural History - Natural History of Dragons
Draconikia Dragons - The History of Dragons
Smithsonian - Where Did Dragons Come From?
Immortal Mountain - Chinese Bestiary, Dragons
Circle of the Dragon - Dragon Mythology
Wikipedia - List of dragons in mythology and folklore
Dragon Dreaming Blog
Dragon Dreaming - Dragons from Myth, Folklore and Magick
10 Dragons from British Folklore
Serpents and Dragons in British Folklore
Oriental/Chinese Dragons
Ancient Dragons in Norse Mythology and Scandinavian Folklore
Shapeshifting Dragons of Folklore: Three Love Stories
Dragons in the World of Harry Potter - Pottermore

Websites For Kids

Britannica Kids - Dragons
Britannica Students - Dragons


Crash Course Mythology: Serpents and Dragons
5 Most Powerful Mythological Dragons From Around the World
In Search of History - Dragons
The Last Dragon: A Fantasy Made Real

'The Dragon' - Kunisada II Utagawa

The Differences Between Eastern and Western Dragons

Dragons: East vs West - Infographic
Book: A Study of Dragons, East and West - Qighang Zhao

Ching Chung Taoist Temple, Brisbane

Dragon Books

Dragons - Enchanted Life Series, Time Life Books
A Cavalcade of Dragons - Roger Lancelyn Green (Anthology of folktales and stories)

Book Lists - Fiction

Liber Floridus, 1120

Dragons in Film and Television


How to Train Your Dragon 1 and 2
Pete's Dragon
Reign of Fire
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The Hobbit
The Neverending Story
Spirited Away

Haku in Dragon Form - Spirited Away

Dragons in Art

Picturing Dragons
The History of Dragons in Art
Art History: Dragons
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Dragons
Dragon Artists

'The Doom Fulfilled', Edward Burne Jones

For some dragon inspiration, check out my Dragon board on Pinterest.

Dragon Tarot and Oracle Decks

Dragons in Feng Shui

One of my favourite dragon tales is connected with the Japanese goddess Benzaiten. I have a separate post on this blog that gives more information.

'Enoshima Benzaiten', Aoigaoka Keisei

"People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. 
From within."

~ Ursula K. Le Guin ~

'Nine Dragons' - Chen Rong, 1244