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30 31 the WYvern Early depictions of the dragon show it in the form of a serpent, and the Wyvern is halfway between the shape of a Worm and a fullyfledged fourlegged dragon. There are Chinese, Toltec and Pictish equivalents of the beast, and possibly these were the models that were used to change the shape of the visuallynotverydynamic serpentine version. When illustrating a fight between a courageous hero or saint and a dragon, a serpent can look a little undramatic or not particularly vicious it needsin contemporary parlancea makeover, to appear more aggressive and formidable while doing battle with the valorous hero. Over a period between the 11th and 12th centuries AD changes were seen in the Worms serpentine shape in sculpture and manuscript art. It was transformed into a ferocious beast with batlike wings, a fierce looking head and two legs, and was named a Wyvern, from the French wivere meaning viper and life, its new name invoking the vital flowing energies of the dragon. But it was also inverted in some European countries and depicted as a vicious and fierce predator, taking instead of giving life. In some cases the Wyvern does not even have to catch its victims for it possesses a strange power over other living thingsif a creature looks into a wyverns glittering emerald eyes, it will be hypnotised and lured into its greedy mouth. A Wyvern of 1150 top, and some other examples.
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