81. Jason takes the Golden Fleece

Once upon a time, Jason, the son of Aeson, with the help of magical herbs given by Medea, the daughter of King Aeetes of Colchis, was successful in taming and yoking fire-breathing bulls, to plow the field of Mars. Thereafter, from a brazen helmet, he took the teeth of a dragon and planted them, all over the first-time plowed field of Mars. From the sown dragon teeth, sprung up fully armed earth-born warriors. Jason threw a heavy stone in their midst, which distracted the warriors away from him, and they fought amongst themselves. Aided by Medea’s magical incantations, Jason survived the murderous warriors, who killed each other until no one remained.

Now, Jason had to take the Golden Fleece, which was guarded by a terrible dragon. The dragon had a magnificent crest, three flame throwing tongues, and fangs as sharp as a lance. The task was impossible while the dragon was awake and vigilant, and the only possible way, was to make the dragon go in deep slumber.

Jason sprinkled the Lethean juices of a magical herb given by Medea, on the stunning crest of the dragon. Then, he recited three times, such magical words that dull the senses, make the eyes heavy, and bring the deepest of the deep slumbers. The words were so potent that it could halt the flow and make still, the waters of the most hastily flowing river, or even calm the raging waves of a storm-tossed furious ocean.

The juices of the magical herb coupled with powerful magical words, took effect, and the watchful eyes of the dragon were burdened, with heavy slumber. While the dragon slept, Jason took advantage of this opportunity, and he quickly took away the Golden Fleece.

Thereafter, along with the Argonauts, Jason sailed away to Iolcus, his native port, victoriously carrying the Golden Fleece with him. Medea, the joyous and willing Colchian damsel, also sailed away along with Jason.

Excerpt from the book “Once Upon A Time-II: 150 Greek Mythology Stories” by Rajen Jani

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