I was too hasty with my allergy blaming. Apparently, I have a cold, which makes me a little wonky. Now I have to be very careful I don’t write something completely weird like wereferrets or something. Or weredolphins. Oh wait, too late. In my defense, there is a historical precedent. See? I didn’t make this up.
I read a really dense text yesterday on Old Iranian dragonslayer myths and they had a dragon so large, that when it opened its mouth, the hero saw bodies stuck between its teeth. How about that?
Kirsāsp tells Ohrmazd that there was a horned dragon (Pers. aždahā-ī), swallowing men and horses, which has teeth as large as his arm, ears as large as fourteen nmt’s, eyes as large as a chariot, and a horn as large as a šʾk (Pers. haštādaraš “eighty ells”). He ran after it (pad pušt hamē tazīd; Pers. bar pošt-e vey “on its back”) for half a day until he caught up with its head, struck his mace at its neck and killed it. The Persian Rivayat adds that when he looked into its mouth he saw men hanging from its teeth, a feature which the Pahlavi Rivayat reserves for Gandarəβa/Gandarw.
Azdaha were no joke. The aforementioned Gandarw lived in a mythical primordial lake from which all rivers and lakes take their beginning. Not much is known about this dragon, except that he apparently had yellow heels. I wonder why that was such an important detail. I mean if I were describing Godzilla, the color of his heels wouldn’t be the first thing I would mention.