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I’ve been thinking about writing a fantasy story in which the main character picks up a sickly young dragon and carries it home. Would that be possible? How much does a dragon weigh?Google’s answers refer mostly to Dungeons & Dragons, where the dragons weigh tons, and that’s not my fantasy universe. I want a fantasyland closer to our consensus reality (the “real world” to Muggles). Dragons fly, and birds fly, so perhaps we could extrapolate dragon weight from bird weight.Canada geese have a sort of dragon-like shape — and like dragons, they can be nasty. If geese could spit fire at us, I’m sure they would. Very roughly (for easy math) a Canada goose is 3 feet long from beak to tail, has a 5 foot wingspan, and weighs 10 pounds. A dragon 30 feet long with a 50 foot wingspan would weigh 100 pounds.That’s not very much. It would be far easier to carry around a dog-sized dragon than to carry around an actual dog. The hard part would be avoiding the dragon’s fiery breath.Even a dragon the length of a city block, about 300 feet, with a wingspan equal to the height of a 50-story building would weigh only 1000 pounds. A dairy cow weighs more. World champion weightlifters could pick up a skyscraper-sized dragon.So ... dragons are lightweights. That’s useful to know.-- Sue Burke
7th-Feb-2020 08:40 am (UTC)
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"the main character picks up a sickly young dragon and carries it home. Would that be possible? How much does a dragon weigh?"Well... how old is the young dragon, and what type of dragon is it? Their eggs aren"t much bigger than ostrich eggs, and how fast they grow depends on how much food they get, but generally the larger varieties grow faster.How easy it is to carry any critter depends a lot on how willing the critter is to be carried. It"s definitely easier to carry a dog than it would be to try and carry a swan half its weight. However, dragons are highly intelligent, so even a very young one might realize the human was trying to help.I used to look after this poor old dog who weighed as much as I did. His legs went out on him one time as we walked; fortunately he got back up, but after that, I only took him on trails where, if he went down, I could get the wood-cart to him. It was like a big wheelbarrow; the end would tilt to the ground - I figured I could work a tarp under poor old Roger, then drag him with the tarp onto the cart and pull him home. That method would probably work for your protagonist, if the dragon"s too big to carry.