12 Days of Dragons: Ruth

In celebration of the release of George R.R. Martin’s The Ice Dragon, out now, we are looking at some of the most fearsome and fantastic dragons in fantasy. Today’s dragon is the White Dragon from Dragonquest: Ruth.

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Ruth is the only white dragon described in Dragonriders of Pern. He hatches near the end of Dragonquest, and has his story expanded upon in  The White Dragon. In addition to his small size, Ruth is notable for his hide, which, though commonly regarded as white, appears to be composed of pale hues from all dragons. It is possible that Ruth is a neuter, and indeed, “he” never shows an interest in mating.

In addition to his physical attributes, Ruth is unusually willing to speak with humans besides his own rider, and has close and friendly relationships with fire lizards, as well as a long memory and heightened intelligence. He also has a heightened ability to travel between to different times with the knowledge of exactly when and where he is in time and space. [Source]

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