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The Flight of Dragons Hardcover – September, 1981
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A quote from THE DRAGON AND THE GEORGE shows that Jim Eckert was transposed into the body of a dragon and the knight called him " a Neville Smithe!" which is the name of the animated knight," Sir Orwen Neville Smithe" in the Rankin Bass version of " Flight of Dragons"! By changing Jim Eckert to Peter Dickenson Rankin Bass had their animated dragon movie! So I'm glad I discovered that since the end credits of the movie list THE DRAGON AND THE GEORGE story by Gordon R. Dickson as source material for the movie! Pages 42 and 43 describe the flight cavities of the dragon's body and how they inflate with hydrogen gas for flight like the way old SMURGOL descibes it to young GORBASH(Dickenson as dragon in the movie!)Page 48 and 49 is a great two page spread that shows a dragon that looks like SMURGOL in the animated feature, flying over a castle! The opening pages of the book show a dragon next to the title of the book that looks like young GORBASH in the animated movie! Pages 57 to 73 describes the dragon life cycle from baby dragon, to young adult to it's first flight and fighting the old bull for supremacy to mating with the female and laying of the eggs by the female!
The last section shows the story of Beowulf and Dickenson states how the legend shows three stages of dragon life! Grendal was a young upright dragon, his mother an aquatic female dragon and the last one a fully matured adult flying dragon! Finally there are pages that describe the benevolent chinese dragon and classic art is displayed to show the powerful portrayals of dragons around the world. Throughout Wayne Anderson's illustrations cast their own spell of mystery and enchantment in the eerie and graceful paintings of these fabulous creatures of our imagination. Or are they real!!? Dickenson wants us to believe they existed and with the knowledge of the dinosaurs, we can be led to somehow believe maybe they did! Maybe they exist somewhere today unseen like the Loch Ness monster! Dickenson says at the end of his fasinating book,"the dragons live inside of us!"
After I got this book I ordered MERLIN DREAMS, a book illustrated by Alan Lee and has the dreams of Merlin the wizard as tales told to us as Merlin sleeps under the spell of the evil Morgan Le Fey in the Arthur legend! And I discovered that the author is none other then Peter Dickenson!! I enjoyed this book many years ago with the great illustrations by Alan Lee, who illustrated the HOBBIT and LORD of THE RINGS! Now thanks to Amazon. com I will get it next week and look forward to reading it again!(I just reread MERLIN DREAMS and I am fully delighted! Great book to get with FLIGHT OF DRAGONS, read my review of MERLIN DREAMS!) Thanks to Amazon.com I can get books online that have not been available in local stores in my area! Thank you Amazon.com!