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mithril" is a metal found in many fantasy worlds. It was originally introduced by the fantasy writings of J. R. R. Tolkien, being present in his Middle-earth. It resembles silver but is stronger than steel, and much lighter in weight than either. The author first wrote of it in The Lord of the Rings, and it is retrospectively mentioned in the third, revised edition of The Hobbit in 1966. In the first 1937 edition, the mail shirt given to Bilbo is described as being made of "silvered steel". The name mithril comes from two words in Sindarin—mith, meaning "grey" or "mist", and ril meaning "glitter".The word "mythril" or "
dragon is a legendary creature, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits, which features in the myths of many cultures.A
Metallic dragon is a classification of dragon in Dungeons & Dragons where they are of good alignment, and their deity is Bahamut. Mithral dragons are among the rarest and most potent, choosing to live in the Astral Sea among the gods and angels, yet pursue agendas that put them into contact with creatures of the mortal world. Mihtral dragons have visions of other times and spaces, and will not die unless slain in battle. The early Final Fantasy series derived a lot of influence of Dungeons & Dragons.