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The Barrow Wyrm by Ashere The Barrow Wyrm by Ashere
 "...Then the ancient dusk-scather
 Found the great treasure standing all open,
 He who flaming and fiery flies to the barrows,
 Naked war-dragon, nightly escapeth
 Encompassed with fire; men under heaven
 Widely beheld him. ’Tis said that he looks for4
 The hoard in the earth, where old he is guarding
 The heathenish gold..."
                            ----Beowulf 

This came as a result of rereading Beowulf. The Barrow Wyrm from the last third of the poem is the basis for most of the really classic English dragons: it hoards gold, breathes fire, has a venomous bite, and flies into a shrieking, murderous rage if it's disturbed. This old beast has been guarding its hoard for so long that its once-brilliant scales have turned white, but it's still pretty spry--as poor Beowulf is about to find out.  
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:icondoctor3uk:
doctor3uk Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
A first rate dragon
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Yutyrannus Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Amazing! You should make snake-like dragons more often! Also, I think you should draw the Sumerian dragons sometime :).
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Great! And it's probably pretty close to the original intent, with its very reptilian proportions.
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Ashere Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I wanted to play with a body shape that's a little bit more akin to a serpent than my usual dragons, which tend to draw heavily from dinosaurs. It's a fun change of pace. 

Now I want to do a ruaisuchian dragon. 
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TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I hadn't looked up the history of the word, I'd probably be as confused as DeinonychusEmpire.

But yeah, nice work.
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Ashere Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's always good when people learn something new! ;) 
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TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed :nod:.
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, so the dragon that got the better of Beowulf was a wyrm? I didn't know that. I own the Beowulf epic, but I haven't gotten around to reading it through yet.
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Ashere Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wyrm is one of the oldest English names for dragon, so it seemed like a natural word for the picture.

And you really must! It's a great saga.
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