I used the following quote years ago as part of a workshop presentation for the National Endowment for the Humanities and found it again on The Drawing Board blog.
"I desired dragons with a profound desire. Of course, I in my timid body did not wish to have them in the neighborhood . . . . But the world that contained even the imagination of Fáfnir was richer and more beautiful, at whatever the cost of peril." -- J.R.R. Tolkien (from his essay "On Fairy-Stories")I've just finished reading the first three books in Robin Hobb's Rain Wild Chronicles and the above quote is a perfect introduction to the series: Dragon Keeper, Dragon Haven, and City of Dragons, which are part of my reading for Carl's Once Upon a Time challenge.