Farmer Giles of Ham - Chrysophylax Dives

Chrysophylax Dives ( /ˌkrɪsəˈfaɪləks ˈdaɪviːz/) is a comically villainous dragon. He stands midway between Smaug, evil and greedy, and The Reluctant Dragon, comical and timid. Chrysophylax (Χρυσοφύλαξ) is Greek for "gold-guard" and dīves is Latin for "rich". (The classical pronunciation is ).

Chrysophylax comes across as a pompous aristocrat—rich, vain, and arrogant, but capable of compromise if handled correctly. Farmer Giles learns that he can be bullied, but is smart enough not to push him to desperation.

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