The Flower Queen’s Daughter
watercolor & digital
The Flower Queen’s Daughter, found in Lang’s Yellow Fairy Book, centers around a fairy princess who, supposedly, is held captive by a dragon. When the rescuing prince arrives, he learns that the dragon is holed up in the mountain for his yearly sleep, but that the Flower Queen’s daughter may be found on the next mountain, attending the nightly balls of the dragon’s mother.
Nonchalantly and between parties, the Flower Queen’s daughter coaches the prince through some impossible tasks and advises him how best to rescue her. She comes and goes freely from the mother dragon’s castle, and it seems she could leave whenever she likes, but she is a Daisy Buchanan of fairy tales, bubbly and careless and never particularly concerned with what is happening. With this in mind, I set the ball in a ’20s nightclub, with the Charleston underway.
There is a certain ambiguity in the story about how dragonish the dragons are — the mother dragon is described as a woman, and the dragons who attend her parties are said to dance. Who knows, maybe they shapeshift back and forth.
prints at INPRNT