The Troll’s Toll: Here Be Dragons

Unleash the dragon, and then slay it, with your mind bullets, in a dark cave….somewhere over the rainbow

-by Grant Smuts

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

‘Here Be Dragons’.

When ever I hear that phrase, I can almost immediately hear the dwarves from the Hobbit singing

‘Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old’…

At some point or another, you might have come across the words “Here Be Dragons”. The phrasing has seen some usage in popular poetry and anthologies and you might just think it as a fanciful turn of phrase. The truth is that it originates from old map-making which was a very imprecise task, due to a lack of advanced technology and an almost whimsical tendency to make things up as you go.

(I love some of…

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