Dragons being magical creatures, it is not surprising that there is magic associated with them. It is not understood by scientist why these spells and charms work, and there may be elements in them such as the magic words. We must conclude that magic is simply science that no one understands yet.
As an aside on matters magical , we should refer to the talisman of Master Merlin. The talisman is kept by a dragon that will lend it in exchange for answering a lost riddle. What follows are the words of the talisman spell:
“Nine times lives hath lived the cat
And ninety nights are nine by ten,
And ounces from nine pounds of fat,
Nine times hath pecked the Dorking hen,
So nine times nine I’ll call to thee,
Ninth of those none, come thou to me.”
Repeat this verse eight times, holding the talisman aloft, and at the ninth a dragon will appear. Then offer forth the talisman.
Dragons are great lovers of riddles. The rules are simple. Ask a riddle in turn until one of you cannot answer.
1. The riddle of the Sphinx-What goes on four legs in the morning, two in the afternoon, and three in the evening?
2. Only one color, but not one size,
Stuck at the bottom, yet easily flies,
Present in sun, but not in rain,
Doing no harm, and feeling no pain.
3.What force and strength cannot get through
I with a gentle touch can do,
And many in the street would stand
Were I not a friend at hand.
4.Round like an apple, deep like a cup,
Yet all the king’s horses can’t pull it up.
5.Old Mother Twitchet had one eye,
And a long tail that she let fly,
And every time she went through a gap,
She left a bit of her tail in the trap.
6.Long legs, bandy thighs,
A little head, and no eyes.
7.In marble walls as white as milk,
Lined with skin as soft as silk,
Within a fountain crystal clear,
A golden apple does appear.
No doors are there to this stronghold
Yet thieves break in and steal the gold.
8.Black we are, and much admired,
Men seek for us if there’re tired.
We tire the horse, but comfort man,
Tell me this riddle if you can.
9.As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits.
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were going to St. Ives?
10.A hill-full, a hole-full,
You can not catch a bowl-full.
11. Little Nancy Etticoat,
In a white petticoat,
And a red nose.
The longer she stands,
The shorter she grows.
12.Black within and red without,
With four corners round about.
1. Riddle of the Sphinx- a person
2.Only one color- a shadow
3. What force- a key
4.Round like an apple- a well
5.Old Mother Twitchet- a needle and thread
6.Long legs, bandy thighs- a pair of tongs
7.In marble walls- an egg
8.Black we are- coal
9. As I was going to St. Ives-one
10.A hill-full- fog or mist
11. Little Nancy Etticoat- a candle
12. Black within- a chimney
( Dragons by Ernest Drake)