ByMona Torgersen, writer at
Staff Writer, lover of all things fantastical and supporter of House Martell. Follow me on twitter @monatorgersen
Mona Torgersen

Dany's dragons are probably the highlight of any season so far on Game of Thrones, they just kick so much ass and we love watching them burn cities to the ground. But did you know that they're not actually dragons? Apart from the fact that they're CGI I mean. If we take a closer look at European history, it turns out that The Mother of Dragons is really The Mother of Wyverns.

What the hell is a wyvern?

When you look at Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion it's easy to assume that they're dragons. But there is one little detail that is very important; their legs. In European art from the Middle Ages there is a distinction between a dragon and a wyvern, and that is the amount of legs they have. A dragon has four legs and two wings, while a wyvern has two legs and two wings. Dany's "dragons" most certainly have two legs and two wings, which technically makes them wyverns and not dragons.

That being said, in Fantasy literature wyverns are often considered less powerful than dragons, and I think it's safe to say that Dany's scaled trio aren't exactly lacking in power. Besides, Mother of Wyverns doesn't quite cut it when it comes to badass titles.

In case you're in the mood for some dragon/wyvern feels, here's a clip that shows how terrifying Drogon can be.



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