Heinrich von Winkelried dies after the blood of the dragon slain by him accidentally drips on him.There is a widespread belief that earlier cartographers used the Latin phrase hic sunt dracones, i.e., "the dragons are here", or "here be dragons", to denote dangerous or unexplored territories, in imitation of the infrequent medieval practice of putting sea serpents and other mythological creatures in the blank areas of maps.A dragon-like creature with wings but only a single pair of legs is known as a wyvern.There is a modern tendency to depict dragons with back legs only and using their wings (walking on the carpal joints) as front legs, as it is thought that pterosaurs did.
This topos can be traced to the Chaoskampf of the mythology of the Ancient Near East (e.g. The slaying of Vrtra by Indra in the Rigveda also belongs in this category.
An example is Smaug as depicted in the film version of The Hobbit by Tolkien.
The association of the serpent with a monstrous opponent overcome by a heroic deity has its roots in the mythology of the Ancient Near East, including Canaanite (Hebrew, Ugaritic), Hittite and Mesopotamian.
A dragon is a legendary creature, typically scaled or fire-spewing and with serpentine, reptilian or avian traits, that features in the myths of many cultures around world.
The two most well-known cultural traditions of dragon are: The two traditions may have evolved separately, but have influenced each other to a certain extent, particularly with the cross-cultural contact of recent centuries.
The blood of a slain dragon is depicted as either beneficent or as poisonous in medieval legend and literary fiction.