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Is there proof for the statement ''These categories could mix and match in any way (a dragon with no legs but with wings that could breathe fire, a wingless legless dragon that could not breathe fire, a four-legged, winged fire-breathing dragon like Smaug, etc.)''? Just asking, 'cause I've never heard/read that before.
 
Is there proof for the statement ''These categories could mix and match in any way (a dragon with no legs but with wings that could breathe fire, a wingless legless dragon that could not breathe fire, a four-legged, winged fire-breathing dragon like Smaug, etc.)''? Just asking, 'cause I've never heard/read that before.
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:Good question, I have never heard of that myself, I'm pretty sure the author is referring to maybe [http://www.merp.com MERP] or something not considered canon. But just in case I've simply commented out the statement pending futher investigation. Thanks for the head up. --[[User:Hyarion|Hyarion]] 10:56, 9 February 2006 (EST)
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I think the "taxonomy" section is particularly dubious. AFAIK Tolkien was pretty loose in how he described the few dragons he mentions, and never set down an coherent system. Maybe, as with the comment above, this scheme comes from an adaptation. {{User:Aule the Smith/sig}} 11:51, 28 August 2010 (UTC)

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Is there proof for the statement These categories could mix and match in any way (a dragon with no legs but with wings that could breathe fire, a wingless legless dragon that could not breathe fire, a four-legged, winged fire-breathing dragon like Smaug, etc.)? Just asking, 'cause I've never heard/read that before.

Good question, I have never heard of that myself, I'm pretty sure the author is referring to maybe MERP or something not considered canon. But just in case I've simply commented out the statement pending futher investigation. Thanks for the head up. --Hyarion 10:56, 9 February 2006 (EST)

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I think the "taxonomy" section is particularly dubious. AFAIK Tolkien was pretty loose in how he described the few dragons he mentions, and never set down an coherent system. Maybe, as with the comment above, this scheme comes from an adaptation. —Aulë the Smith (Tk·Cb) 11:51, 28 August 2010 (UTC)