Scandinavian Dragons

In the Scandinavian countries Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Iceland, dragons are referred to as wurms, or lindwurms.

They have wings and two legs. Their bodies are 15 metres long, or more, and their two legs are not strong enough to support the entire weight of their bodies: so Scandinavian dragons drag their bodies along the ground, leaving a trail of slime and dead plants.

They have smooth, impenetrable hides, and soft, vulnerable underbellies. They have sharp talons as strong as iron.

They live in human burial mounds and abandoned buildings. They love to hoard treasure and can hibernate on top of a pile of treasure for many years.

Scandinavian dragons are intelligent and often capable of speech. They are also greedy and easily made angry. They breathe fire and inject venom with their fangs!

If you enjoyed this post and want to read more, you can find out more about dragons in The Dragon Companion: An Encyclopedia by Carole Wilkinson. This is an adult book, but it is okay for kids to read too. All the facts in this post were taken from this book.

Books written for kids about dragons that you might like to read are:

The Dragon of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen

Fangs ‘n’ Fire by Chris Mould

The Book of Dragons by E. Nesbit

The Fire Series by Chris D’Lacey

The Dragons of Wayward Crescent by Chris D’Lacey

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell