The word drake is sometimes used synonymous to dragon, but it could also mean a specific kind of dragon such as a wingless, four-legged dragon.
Types Of Drake Dragons
There’s less of a consensus in modern fiction as to what ‘Drake Dragon’ should refer to, one precedent set by Dungeons & Dragons is for the term to refer to a draconic creature that has four limbs, none of them wings, and an animalistic intelligence. 20th century drakes in fiction tend to walk on four legs like a wolf, while in the 21st century I’ve seen more drake dragons walking around on two legs like a theropod dinosaur not to mention that they have also gotten wings during that time.
Origins and Myth
In Middle English, drake means ‘dragon,’ following the Old English drake, which means ‘dragon, sea monster, or huge serpent.’ Drake Dragon likely relates to the proto-Germanic drako as well as the Latin draco, both meaning ‘dragon.’
The words dragon and drake separated around the thirteenth century when drake became an archaic Old English word that means dragon. Around this same time, drake indicated a male duck. Perhaps for this reason, the drake is considered to be a small dragon.
The Drake Dragon have appeared in many mythologies such as the European, specifically to the Germanic or northern part, on the other hand it is also possible to see it in Babylonian mythology by mentioning the Dragon of Nebuchadnezzar, or Bel, and was described in the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament of the Bible… they are also found in Acadian and Sumerian mythology where possibly the best known would be the Sirrush.
Now some of the most famous Drake Dragons was The Drake of the Colchis which was the guardian of the Golden Fleece. It had a very long neck and countless rings like a snake, and it whistled horribly to such an extent that it was heard from a distance. It was said that he never slept, and Jason and Medea faced him. She, using her spells and potions sprinkled with a branch of juniper, managed to hypnotize him and make him sleep. According to other versions, Jason killed the dragon. There is also a variation of history, only preserved in the drawing of an ancient vase, in which the dragon engulfed Jason and then regurgitated him.
The drake dragon is a type of dragon with four limbs and a thick tail, very similar to a lizard, although it is usually much larger than the average lizard. A particularly powerful example of a dragon drake in reality is the Komodo Dragon, a large species of Minotaur lizard in Indonesia. These particular creatures have low bodies, such as crocodiles and alligators, with their bellies lying on the ground.
The term drake dragon has been used mainly in Europe and North America, although this type has a particular shape, so it adapts to other species of dragons beyond that region.
The Taniwha, for example, is a powerful creature for the Maori of New Zealand. This creature often appears in the form of a giant tuatara, which are lizards native to New Zealand.