Animals In The Eyes of The Dragon



Although it may seem quite absurd, the role of animals in The
Eyes of the Dragon is a very supreme and dignified part of the
novel. Through the development of the novel, the animal kingdom
roars novel from insects to dogs and they all play their own,
individual roles. The great black and white Anduan Husky named
Frisky who is, out of all of her dogs, NaomiĂs favorite, leads
Ben Staad and Naomi directly to the whereabouts of Dennis,
PeterĂs butler. FlaggĂs animals are symbols of his plans for the
downfall of Delain. The dragon that is killed by King Roland may
be considered the most the memorable of all. In this archetypal
tale, Thomas sees Flagg murder ThomasĂs father through the eyes
of the dragon. In the end of the novel, though, all of the
animalsĂ roles fall into place.

Frisky, NaomiĂs companion, is a strong-willed, over-
confident, Anduan Husky who may have been the ˘greatest tracking
dog that ever lived.÷ This dog sums up the meaning of a manĂs
best friend. Frisky, who can track a three-day-old scent in the
middle winter, is the reason the story takes place as it does.
Just as arson dogs help pinpoint the location of substances used
to start fires, Frisky uses her keen sense of smell to pinpoint
exactly where Dennis, son of Brandon, has journeyed to from
PeynaĂs farmhouse. DennisĂs mission is to go back to the castle
where Thomas the Tax-Bringer and Flagg, the kingĂs magician, live
and are at high power. Peyna, who has just given up his Judge-
GeneralĂs bench, has a feeling that there is some reason why
Peter has asked for the Royal Napkins and his motherĂs dollhouse.
Dennis is to find this reason by sending a letter to Peter, who
is imprisoned at the time. Dennis journeys from PeynaĂs farm in
the Inner Baronies back to the fearful castle with nothing
except for the risks of getting killed. Five days later, with not
a soul knowing the whereabouts of Dennis, Naomi and Ben Staad
(PeterĂs best friend) come upon the deserted farm. NaomiĂs dogs
have been pulling the sleds for thirty miles all the way from a
snowy hollow in which they were camping. The two now feel
helpless. With no clue on where there friend had traveled to,
they search diligently for any signs of what they are to do next
and find nothing at all. ˘If only there were a way to track him,÷
Ben says and, thereafter, a light bulb lights in NaomiĂs head
like the sun on a due-soaked morning (King 296). This is the
epitome of where Frisky fits into the picture. After brief
discussion and argument, Ben and Naomi discover that there are
traces of Dennis in this abandoned shed but it cannot be detected
by humans and FriskyĂs sense of smell is like the ˘eyesight of a
man with the gaze of a hawk÷ (King 299). Stephen King
substantially points out that DennisĂs scent is a bright electric
blue and that Frisky has the scent stored away in her ˘library of
scents÷ (King 299).
Frisky leads her companions far and high, through many miles
of snow to the deserted farmhouse and eventually to a place in
which they are forced to pause. One may appear dumbfounded
considering why Frisky is referred to above as being Šover-
confident.Ă At the moat, after some minor conflict, the Anduan
Husky personally expedites the situation and takes a leap of
faith into the great sewer pipe which takes the travelers under
the castle and directly to DennisĂs location. Besides the fact
that FriskyĂs ˘noble nose÷ is a main theme and could be
considered by some a moral, there is more educational and
entertainment values here than in any other part of the story.
FlaggĂs animals aide him in all of his attempts to doom the
kingdom of Delain. For example, the deathwatch spider that Flagg
kept encaged for twenty years is his way to attempt to kill
Sasha, the KingĂs beloved wife. The spider has been feeding on
newborn baby mice that are dying from poison. The spider is blood
red and as big as a rat (King 31). Flagg squeezes the spider