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Pern Dragon Size Chart by KaiserFlames Pern Dragon Size Chart by KaiserFlames
Hey there folks, I ask that people refrain from arguing their opinions on this image. This is just my own thoughts on the matter, and I try to respect the opinions of others (I won't judge ya if you want to commission me for a foot-size dragon, for instance). Thanks!

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Largest gold = Ramoth
White dragon = Ruth
Grid box = 1 meter high x 1 meter wide



Okay, before anyone jumps down my throat for posting this because of the sudden influx of Pern dragon size charts... I've actually be meaning to do it for some time.

Now, I will hereby defend my preference of the meters size of the Pern dragons. Not only is the thought of such huge creatures awesomely awesome, it's what I soundly believe Ms. McCaffrey herself wants. I have numerous reasons why I believe this is the correct way to view them.

First off is the most blatant. The books themselves, numerous times, state that they're measured in meters, not feet. I don't know who said that McCaffrey said that it was a misprint, but I highly doubt it. Highly. I have an original print of one of the books and it clearly says meters. If it was such a mistake, would not it have been fixed by the time the second edition of the Dragonlover's Guide to Pern came out? What about all of the subsequent reprintings?

Also, see little Ruth down there? He's a little bit taller than a big horse in my image, which is how he was described as being in the actual books. As it stands, he's about 11 meters long here, or, roughly 36 feet from nosetip to tailtip. If the measurements listed in the books are by feet, a green dragon would be at least 11 feet smaller than that tiny little Ruth down there! That's ridiculously tiny. Absolutely inconceivably tiny. There is no way multiple people could ride that thing, maybe not even one person, and I do recall the books mentioning multiple riders on a green dragon. Plus, if it was feet, then Mirrim certainly wouldn't have been mocking Jaxom on Ruth's miniscule stature as her own Path would have been smaller by comparison.

Also, how could Mnementh have created a cage out of his claws to catch Lessa in Dragonflight if he was only 38 feet (a little bigger than the size Ruth is HERE) long? And anyone care to explain how the eye of the aforementioned bronze could have been bigger than Lessa's head if he wasn't enormously huge? I daresay I recall F'lar being darn proud that Lessa wasn't a wee bit scared that Mnementh's eye was bigger than her head when she was scratching his eyeridges. Also note that, in comparison to my dragons here, the little badly-drawn dude under Ramoth has a head that's a wee bit smaller than most of the dragons' eyes!

So yeah, ridiculously huge is ridiculously right in my book and I don't want any arguments in the comments, so please don't be posting them.

Feel free to use this, BUT MAKE SURE YOU GIVE ME CREDIT FOR THE IMAGE. BY THE SHELL OF THE FIRST EGG....
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Winged--Maned--Wolf Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the size chart

Poor Ruth. He's barely the size of his mom's head
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QuetaiachimMalachae Featured By Owner May 21, 2018
The measurements are in meters in the books, though some of them were mis-labeled in feet in the American editions. Anne McCafrey was from Ireland if I recall correctly, so she likely would have used meters. 
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IndigoOfTheHeavens Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017  Student General Artist
I was a bit surprised about the green being smaller than the blue since I had thought they were described to be bigger than the blues. I had thought blues were the smallest size, period, until Ruth came around? I'm reading the books right now but unless my assumption made me miss stuff, did they actually say and where did they say that? I'm just confused and curious and I would like to be certain if my visualizations is correct. :)
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Greens are definitely the smallest. I think there's sizes listed in the backs of some of the books.
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Dsinth Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2017
Thank you for this.  I have always enjoyed the books myself, and recently joined Evergen.
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WolfGuardian2 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I Keep the book a gift a dragons on me at all times i love Pern, my first dragon role plays were all based on these books. Even contacted the auther to confirm things back then.
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ShadowNighthunter Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I was only able to read two books from this series, and I loved them! Would like to get my hand on the rest. This is so cool!
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
They're very good and I highly recommend them! Thank you!
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dragonlover219 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
sorry to ask... but what is pern?
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thorshammer1984 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016
Hi !

Pern is the third planet in orbit in the Rukbat system. 

But if you want the non-geeky version, that's a reference to a series of books written by Anne Mccaffrey and her son Todd. She won a lot of sci-fi award, and is considered the "first" ;-) mother of dragons.
She basically created the genre named science-fantasy, which link beast like dragons, and hard science like astronomy, bio-engineery, biology... Hell, even computer engineering. The story take place on a earth-colonized world, from the first landing to thousand of years after.

You should check them out, the majority of them are quite good, and I would suggest starting by Dragonflight then Dragonquest. If you don't like these two, chances are great that you won't like the others.

A drawing I did after reading the first one :
thorshammer1984.deviantart.com…
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dragonlover219 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
that sounds awesome
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hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Student General Artist
very informative! thanks :)
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
You're most welcome!
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hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Student General Artist
:D
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PowerForcerRed Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Nice scale here, definitely helps to get the sizes of people who dream of having dragon friends to ride around on. Correct me if I'm wrong, but did I hear there was a site for rping that stuff? 
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! And there's actually a ton of different Pern RP sites, depending on what kind of setting you're looking for. Evergen Weyr is the site I used to frequent.
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PowerForcerRed Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Nice, how does it work if you don't mind me asking? :)
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Most are done in forum format, so you just write from your characters' point of view. Some sites work differently, though. You'd have to look into it for whatever site you'd want to be a part of.
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PowerForcerRed Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Alright thanks. :)
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Annun21 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015
A note for those wanting to see it in feet.

A meter is roughly 3 feet. Technically three point something, but I just convert with a solid 3. 

So there you go. No more arguing. :)

Beautifully done by the way~ Beautifully done!
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Rhalath Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
what color is the reddish dragon? I didnt know there were red dragons in Pern, there's the gold, bronze, brown, blue, green, little white Ruth, but who's the dragon between the blue and brown? I've read all the books, and I agree, bigger is what they are, you did a good job for size comparison.
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
The dragons on here are (from big to little) Ramoth, a normal gold, normal bronze, normal brown, normal blue, normal green, and Ruth, of course.
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Rhalath Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
oh ok gotcha lol wow Ramoth is huge!
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely hugenormous, for sure. :)
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I used to be against the meters measurement myself, but then mom and I looked through DragonsDawn again, and since Anne measures liquids in liters, mom determined that it had to be meters the dragons were measured in. I pointed out that this would make all of them but the smallest greens (and Ruth) longer than blue whales, and mom laughs and says "Yeah, they can look through second story windows. Did you never realize how big that is?"

Lol XD I didn't connect the dots until she said that. And than I remembered that half of that length is taken up by the dragons' tails- but I can't remember where I read that. :( So meters length would make more sense in that light. :)
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nightmares06 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I agree with your idea of how large the dragons get... it's always how i envisioned them in my head.
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BacktoEarthCreations Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
AHHHH!!!! This is soo cool!!!
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks
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noeinan Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe she was living in Ireland when she wrote the books as well, making the feet argument pretty unlikely in my book. America is basically the only place using the Sterling system.
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Kazonak Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the size that I've always pictured my dragon OC's to get as an adult, I know know why some one would want a puny little Dragon to take to war?
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I know I would rather have a HUGE dragon.
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neontheairdragon Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
oh cool well I guess my dragon would be between green and white
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Dinowolfy26 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Student
cool Clap 
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Lunar-Spun Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wanted to inform you that I plan on using this in my new RP site. I'm still working on it, and will post a link back to this page, as well as mentioning that all rights belong to you, the creator. 

You have such lovely work- thank you for sharing with us all. 
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sounds good! I'd love to see it when you're done!
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AshesAndWings Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Student General Artist
I love the chart and the meter measuring! I always imagined them as immense, imposing creatures, so foot measurements didn't really fit when i thought of it. Thanks so much for the chart!! It'll be rather helpful in my imagine-ings. :)
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you enjoy it!
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TerraScents Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I agree with your assessment of the measurements. Coincidentally(!!!) I just got done re-reading the first book a few days ago and I specifically remember the bit with Mnementh and yep, sure enough, a woman could only comfortably stand in a dragon's claw 'cage' if he was in fact the size you show here in your chart.

My kids are about to begin reading these wonderful books(they're 12 and 13) and I know this chart will come in so hand for their reference. Thanks for taking the time and energy to create it!!!
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! That was about the age when my mom and grandpa suggested I read these books. I'm sure they'll love them!
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10animallover10 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I really need to go read this bookseries.. Is it good?:)
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Jack-Hoo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Student General Artist
fantastic
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cheddarbug Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
It is amazing :)
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10animallover10 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome! then I'm gonne purchase and read it some time :) I'm looking for good dragonbooks, series and movies =P
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cheddarbug Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Well this series is by far one of my favorites and I highly recommend them :)
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Starstricken-Disaste Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
Huh. I was firmly in the "she meant feet" mindset until I read your description - thanks for taking time to explain :o I'm sold on the concept, haha. awesome job.
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killerninja123 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Student Artist
I just have a question, how tall are dragons when their five months old out of hatching? Every time I read a book about dragons, they always make then either as infants or almost adults.
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I can't answer that with any certainty, but you might be able to figure out a rough size if you view hatching as equal to 0% growth, and 18 months as 100% growth. I think you might be able to sort out sizes roughly from there. 50% would be 9 months old, 25% would be 4.5 Months, etc etc.
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killerninja123 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Student Artist
Okay, thank you!
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zoll2000 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Personally I imagined Ruth being just a tad bigger ,maybe by two meters or so. Other than that, pretty much exactly what I pictured. Good job!
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rAAAwRRRRRg Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
When Ruth is full grown I imagine him around oh, where the shoulder meets  the wing on the green dragon. Mostly because I remember a passage where he  carries three riders total somewhere. Totally having a brain fart.. but its his chosen the girl his chosen likes and the man with the donkey >_<  Totally forgetting their names now.
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