A beautiful Fire Drake light fixture outside Chicago’s famous Drake Hotel. A Fire Drake or wyvern is a legendary two-legged winged dragon, a creature of Teutonic mythology, with a tail often ending in a diamond- or arrow-shaped tip. The drake is an important symbol in heraldry, and it is a popular creature in European literature and fantasy. Middle English firdrake, from Old English fȳrdraca, from fȳr + draca, dragon, from Latin draco.
Firedrakes are from German mythology. Dragons are an important part of German myths, legends, and tales. They are usually portrayed as evil and stories are told of how people outsmart and kill them. There are four types of dragons mentioned in German stories. They are the lindworm, firedrake, black worm and the puk. Firedrakes usually are found in caves guarding treasure. They can breathe fire to defend themselves from intruders looking to steal their treasure. The dragon that Beowulf defeats toward the end of the epic poem is a firedrake. J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous dragon Smaug is also a firedrake.