When it comes to dragons, size is completely subjective to the whims of their origin; whether that be cultural folklore, standard mythology, or the imaginations of the writers and illustrators who bring them to life.
There is no shortage of famous dragons available for our imaginations to indulge, and comparison in size is something I know many dragon-lovers find themselves pondering.
To satiate my own curiosity, I delved into many hours of research and silhouette sketches to create my own Dragon Size Chart. And it’s turned out to be the most popular blog post I’ve ever done!
Hooray for dragons!
And so, after many requests, and my own wish to add more to a size comparison chart, I’ve gone ahead and created another one: Dragon Size Chart 2!
As with the first chart, I’ve worked with a standard height of 6″ 3″ for an adult man (which is the average height of the human-like hemlans in my fantasy series).
So, without further ado, here are the charts of eleven more dragons, and how I came about estimating their sizes.
*Take note of the word estimate, because that’s exactly what this is. I know I’m not spot on, but at least these pictures will give you a rough idea of the different sizes of these well-known and well-loved dragons.
- UPDATE: So you don’t miss out, I’ve also done a Dragon Size Chart 3!
Dragon Number One: Drogon (TV Series, A Game of Thrones; Season 4)
I haven’t read the books and I don’t watch the series (although I keep up-to-date with the plots of certain characters out of curiosity), but I know this dragon very well. Drogon is Daenerys’ red and black-scaled dragon—the largest and most aggressive of her three ‘children’, though unquestionably the most loyal and protective. I chose to chart him based on his size in the 4th season of the TV series, simply because reference pictures for that size were easiest to come by. I made sure to take into account Daenerys’ small stature, when doing the silhouette, since my chart compares each dragon with a 6″3″ tall man. The following pic is one of my reference choices:
“Beware the Jabberwock my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!”
The Jabberwock (or Jabberwocky, as referred to in the movie), would technically be called a chimera—if anything—but Tim Burton’s vision (inspired by the original Tenniel illustration) is predominantly dragon-like. Plus, it’s allowed on the list because it looks awesome, and was voiced by Christopher Lee. Taking Alice’s smaller height into account, I used this reference picture to approximate the Jabberwock’s size:
I, among many others, found the movie a terrible let-down, but I think the CGI team did a pretty amazing job of Saphira. A graceful, agile, and beautiful blue-scaled dragon, it was inevitable she make it on this chart (having narrowly missed out last time). I used this reference picture, taking into account Eragon starts his journey as a teenager:
And here we have Bahamut: the most powerful aeon in the RPG game, Final Fantasy X! Bahamut actually appears numerous times throughout the various FF games (size and features changing as well), but I know him best in X, as he was my favourite Summons to use. I found this picture the best reference to garner his size:
THE original classic dragon villain. Of course, like Flemeth, Maleficent isn’t an actual dragon, she’s a powerful sorceress, but her ability to transform into one of the most well-known dragons to-date lands her a solid place on this dragon chart! And this is the reference picture/ gif that helped me:
Another Disney sorceress who can transform into a dragon: the evil queen Narissa. She’s a nasty piece of work—mean, cunning and vindictive. She gets a spot on the list because her dragon-form is quite a unique and clever design. I had a few reference pictures to go by, but none of them were optimal. Still, you work with what you can find, right? I focused on the size of her hand in comparison to Robert (gripped in her claws).
A favourite character among Merlin fans, Kilgharrah is a powerful and wise dragon, and surprisingly big (I was surprised, at least). There were a few references I found, and what really helped was that most had Kilgharrah in proximity to human characters; making charting his size not too difficult.
Now we are getting into the big leagues. Not only is the bewilderbeast large, it is solid, too (actually, of all the dragons on this chart, this is the BIGGEST!). Just look at the incredible display of power as the two bewilderbeasts battle it out for dominance, in the movie! UPDATED: After a recommended size suggestion, I realised the previous comparison I did for the bewilderbeast was undersized (thanks to a dodgy reference pic). I have remedied that, with the help of this picture:
Dragon Number Nine: Grigori (Dragon’s Dogma)
“If you would face me… take up arms, newly Arisen!”
Sure the RPG game had it’s flaws, but I found I still really enjoyed playing Dragon’s Dogma. Especially when it came to fighting the big creatures like the cyclops’ and chimeras. And the most awesome of all? Grigori, the massive red dragon who steals your heart at the start of the game, triggering the game’s story and events. Reference for this impressive dragon was one of the easiest:
The largest Pernese dragon on record, Ramoth is the gold queen dragon of the character Lessa. I initially thought that finding a reference for this dragon would be difficult. But previous charts, plus a list of pernese dragons and their actual sizes on the island of pern website really helped out. Thanks internet!
Deathwing is the gargantuan dragon from World of Warcraft’s third expansion pack, Cataclysm. While hunting for information on this terrible (and massive) enemy, I discovered that he changes sizes as the story progresses. There was no way I was going to chart his ultimate size (it’s just too huge), so I went with his size when he swoops in during the Deathwing vs Alexstrasza quest. See that tiny little speck in the ref pic? The little red one? Yeah, that’s Alextrasaza (queen of dragons).
So there you have it. The individual size charts of another eleven awesome dragons. And here is the ultimate chart comparing them altogether!
I hope you enjoyed the next installment of my dragon size project! But to be sure, there are many more dragons out there! Who are some of your favourites? Which dragons would you have liked to be on the chart?