Myths and legends contain monsters, mostly unbeaten monsters that make life difficult for people. A heroic physiognomy is usually called to solve the Gordian bond, restoring the balance and relieving the unfortunate people from the terrible monster that destroys houses, crops and kills them.
The warring Sigurd and the Dragon’s blood
The legend comes from the magical Scandinavia, where the legends and the reality are involved in a constant coat of arms. Sigourd was new and robust. He wanted to fight to get revenge for his father’s death. For this reason, he invaded in the country of his father’s killer and destroyed his army. He continued to fight and to conquer new lands. But nothing gave him pleasure.
He did not find the resistance he wanted. He did not find the challenge he was looking for. At one point, he heard that there was a blood-thirsty Dragon, the invincible dragon Fafnir, who hid all the wisdom and all the riches of the world. He finally found the challenge he was looking for. He traveled quite a bit, and at some point he reached the dragon’s hiding place. With his first beating, Dragon was killed. Sigourd rooted his heart and threw it away. From that point, he had everything he want. Wisdom and riches. So much wisdom was needed to understand the futility of wealth. He left the treasure, and continued to wander. He never came back.
Heracles and Lernaia Hydra
Lernaia Hydra was a terrible monster in Ancient Greece that had its nest in a source that fed Lake Lernaia.
Her body was a snake, and she had nine heads. Its middle head was immortal. While the rest of her heads had a special property. When one was chopped, two more sprouted. Hercules thought a trick. He cut off the monster’s heads and burned them with torches, in order to eliminate them forever. He cut the middle head and buried it deep inside the ground.
After the death of the monster, people gained access to the water, they were able to soak their crops that had been destroyed by the drought, and also to live happy and away from the curse of Lernaia Hydra. Hercules was a Hero. An emblematic figure, a demigod who could defeat every monster that oppressed people.
Dragons and monsters in the Ancient World were something odd and at the same time so dramatically familiar. It was an organic aspect of people’s life, which fueled the myths and the beliefs from generation to generation. In our first story, Sigourd searches for recognition through his confrontation with the dragon. Heracles confirms his image as a protector of the ancient Greek world. Both continue wandering. Sigourd acquire the wisdom that blown his empty vanity, Heracles followed his prescribed way. A way of being the hero and the protector of the weak.
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