Dragons are Evil

An Essay By Benjamin // 11/5/2012

September 5, In the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Twelve

The unanimous Declaration of the Free Peoples of Arda, Eraioch, and Drahawn,

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for certain peoples to dissolve any peaceful bands which have connected them with another people, and to assume a posture of war to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God demand of them, a decent respect to the opinions of all moral creatures requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to this state of war.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all dragons are created evil, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable qualities, that among these are Depravity, Wickedness and the pursuit of all evil. – That to remind all men of these qualities, death is instituted out among Men by the above mentioned Dragons, for these creatures derive their power from terror. – That when any creature, whether small or great, becomes destructive, it is the Right and the Duty of the Peoples to make war with and destroy such creatures. – That when any form of literature portrays these creatures in any way benevolent, it is the Right, nay the Duty, of its readers to alter or abolish it, and to institute new literature, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its structure in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to portray Dragons accurately as the totally depraved creatures that they are. The history of these terrible Dragons is a history of repeated iniquity and malevolence, all having in direct object the satisfying of their corrupted desires. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

They have laid waste the prosperous lands of good and generous kings. To this, we demonstrate the desolation of Scatha the Worm of Ered Mithrin, who terrorized the Éothéod, ravaging their land until slain by the great warrior Fram of the Éothéod.

They have stolen the treasures of others. To prove this, we point to the deeds of the Father of Dragons. In 496 S.A., Glaurung, father of all Dragons, sacked the mighty Elven-city of Nargothrond, taking its vast wealth in horde, the hard-earned treasures of the ancient house of Finrod Felagund stolen in the worm’s greed and malice.

They have destroyed much great craftsmanship as well as the knowledge of their construction. Here we point to the desolation of Mount Erebor by the Dragon Smaug. Many great craftsmen were there slain and the knowledge of their craft lost, never to be found again.

They have caused the death of mighty warriors. More numerous than can be named are the cases of this. We shall merely point to the death of mighty Beowulf in this place.

They have brought about indescribable woes and sorrows, as is seen in the life of Túrin Túrambar, mighty warrior among men.

They have usurped the true God by demanding and receiving the worship of men. To this, we simply point to the ancient Chinese. Such worship and reverence belong rightly only to the Almighty Creator.

They have deceived many into believing them righteous, despite their base deeds. If it be doubted, we shew unto thee the numerous works which now grant glory and righteousness unto these vile creatures.

What else need be said?

In every stage of these Oppressions have all true men attempted to quell such atrocities: their repeated attempts have been answered by only repeated and greater injury. Dragons, whose character is thus remarked by every act which may define total depravity, are unfit therefore to continue in existence.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to the race of dragons. We have warned them from time to time of the evil which they persist in carrying out. We have reminded them of their vile deeds. We have cautioned them of justice and the might of Men, Elves, and Dwarves. Yet they have remained deaf to the voice of justice and consanguinity. We must therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our War, and hold them, as we hold all such creatures of depravity and wickedness, Enemies in War.

We, therefore, the Council of Alshanfaara and Representatives of the Free Peoples, in General Congregation, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do in the Name, and by Authority of the Free Peoples of Eraioch, Arda, and Drahawn, solemnly publish and declare, That these Free Peoples are, and of Right ought to be united in war against the tyranny and ravishment of the Dragons; that they are Absolved from all feelings of peace toward these wights, and that all peaceful connection between them and this abominable race, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as peoples at war, they have full Power and Right to slaughter and kill, or otherwise destroy those monstrosities that bear the cursed name of Dragons.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Signed,

Manwë Súlimo

Rhovanion, King

Cirthan the Madaiz

Erandil of Alshanfaara

Dwarvin of Karðôn

Ildacaar Revhelion

Comments

You forgot two signers

King Dwarvin of Karðôn

The Council of Drahawn

Just thought I'd add those two in there.

By the way, will you post Kayleen's responce, or will she join apricotpie and post it, or does she not want it on here?

Arthur | Wed, 11/07/2012

"My greatest wish for my writing is that it would point you to the Savior."

Sorry

Sorry. Rhovanion represents (for now) the Council of Drahawn.

Benjamin | Thu, 11/08/2012

“D’ye know what Calvary was? What? What? What? It was damnation; and he took it lovingly.”
~John Duncan

Did I make up Rhovanion? I

Did I make up Rhovanion? I don't remember that name, but of course, I'm not good at remembering names...

Arthur | Thu, 11/08/2012

"My greatest wish for my writing is that it would point you to the Savior."

That is one of the names you

That is one of the names you mentioned to me at one time.
I don't remember when.
If you want to change him, you can let me know what name to use instead.

Benjamin | Fri, 11/09/2012

“D’ye know what Calvary was? What? What? What? It was damnation; and he took it lovingly.”
~John Duncan

Really? :)

First of all, welcome to Apricotpie! It took three years of pulling your arm for you to finally post. Congratulations little brother! Well, not that you're little anymore...

Second, I can't believe you posted this! :) For those who don't know, this essay is the result of a 'dragon's are evil' debate with some friends at church.
Usually, when i hear this debate starting up in a conversation, I slowly back away. It's a little more than I can handle...

Keep posting!

Johanna | Mon, 11/19/2012

"Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of."
- Charles Spurgeon

   That was a very

   That was a very intertaining debate, and luckily I was visiting when it started. And when Benjamin and I got back from a debate camp, we finished the debate and Benjamin wrote this.

   We should soon get Kayleen's responce on here, and if any other apricotpie-er wants to respond with an essay, feel free!

Arthur | Mon, 11/19/2012

"My greatest wish for my writing is that it would point you to the Savior."

not sure if sarcasm...

Is this supposed to be a satire? Because I noticed you modeled it after the declaration of independence but promoted thoroughly un-American ideas like censorship of free speech if that speech supports dragons, and that you propose genocide of, not only dragons who have specifically commited crimes against Nature's Law, but the race of dragons altogether.

a | Wed, 11/28/2012

I believe that calling on

I believe that calling on readers to censor their reading of certain books to does not result in infringement of the right to free speech. Another interesting thought: does free speech allow one to lie?

In addition, destruction of dragons is no more genocide than is the destruction of murderers. All dragons are evil, and therefore, ought to be destroyed. This is the reasoning which I have used. Therefore, the reason for destroying dragons is not because they are dragons, but because they are evil.

Finally, if you read my next essay in this debate, you will see that dragons are not necessarily their own race, though I describe them as such. They are really a member of the race of Ainur.

Thus, this probably couldn't be described as satire.

Benjamin | Sun, 12/02/2012

“D’ye know what Calvary was? What? What? What? It was damnation; and he took it lovingly.”
~John Duncan

#1. Very interesting. Though

#1. Very interesting. Though dragons are God's creatures. It says in Psalm 148:7 "Praise the LORD from the earth ye dragons and all deeps" unquote. My dad says that everything that happens, happens to glorify God. And it says that the leviathan could spray fire AND water. Who else could make a creature like that except for the LORD. Just wanted to put that in.

#2. Also, who are the signers? Just wondering :)

j. Glen pollard | Sun, 03/24/2013

"The trip is a difficult one. I will not be myself when I reach you."-When I Reach Me.

Entirely agreed. Those

Entirely agreed. Those mighty dinosaurs do declare the glory of the Creator. This isn't intended to accuse real "dragons" (or dinosaurs if you will) of wickedness. Instead, I'm looking at fictional dragons and declaring their depravity. So to clarify, I'm not accusing any amoral creature of being immoral.

As for the signers:
The first is the lord of the Valar, the second is the representative of the council of Drahawn, the third is chief of the Madaiz, the fourth is a man, the king of Alshanfaara, the fifth is the Dwarvin king of Karðôn, and the last is the lord of the Centauri (pronounced ken-taw-ry).

It's a little complicated.

Benjamin | Sun, 03/24/2013

“D’ye know what Calvary was? What? What? What? It was damnation; and he took it lovingly.”
~John Duncan

A few things

"Jimmy P." - Good thoughts! :)

Benjamin - Can I ask where you got all those (weird) names?

I'm reading the Hobbit right now; so now I have a little more understanding on why dragons might be evil and I'm pinpointing at one dragon - Smaug!

And I would like to hear some more of the debate...I don't think I ever heard from Arthur's point of view (if I am correct in remembering that he's part of this too)..... :)

Lucy Anne | Mon, 03/25/2013

"It is not the length of life, but the depth of life." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those names come from a

Those names come from a variety of sources. Manwë Súlimo is from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion. King Rhovanion and Dwarvin of Karðôn are from Arthur's mythology, while Cirthan, Erandil, and Ildacaar Revhelion are from Eraioc.

I agree. Arthur should give me a little help.

Benjamin | Mon, 03/25/2013

“D’ye know what Calvary was? What? What? What? It was damnation; and he took it lovingly.”
~John Duncan

Hmm, alright! At least the

Hmm, alright! At least the names are from books.

Now... I think King Rhovanion sounds familiar.......Arthur, is it possibly from the Tale of Modenia???

I agree too!! Two against one isn't fair. And maybe, maybe, if I find this intriguing enough after a few more essays, maybe I'll write one too. :) I just finished reading past the part in the Hobbit where Smaug gets killed (though don't you think quite easily enough - it was rather a disappointment; I wanted the Thorin and company to kill him, but oh well) and so, it's slowly beginning to inspire.

Lucy Anne | Mon, 03/25/2013

"It is not the length of life, but the depth of life." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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