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A list of the Pernese Dragon Eye Colours that appear in the entire series.

Red: Anger, Hunger(Active Appetite), Fear, Mating, Pain, Excitement.
Red/Orange: Mating, Alarm, Eagerness, Arousal.
Orange: Uncertainty, Suspicion, Anger, Mating, Alarm, Hunger, Agitation, Panic.
(It would appear that Red and Orange are quite interchangeable, and the same could be said for Green and Blue, which are "Happy", "Content", "Pleasure", (and lots more words like that)and "Normal" colours.)
Yellow: Anxiety, Fear, (Reproachful?) Worry, Excitement
Pale Yellow: Concern.
Green: (See above) Delight, Tranquility, Placidity.
Blue: (See above) Longing, Interest, Mischief, Excitement.
Purple: Worry.
Lavender: Stress.
Grey: Great Worry/Stress/Sadness/Pain (Grey tones come to a dragon's hide too).

Menolly mentions in Dragonsinger (Page 174) that "…the green is dominant, which means sleeping pleasure. Red means hunger, blue and green are sort of general shades, white means danger, and yellow is fright." The DLG states "Green or blue registers contentment, yellow signals alarm and red means anger."

Red-Yellow is the Battle hue. Red and Yellow are also mentioned as "Annoyance". Purple is also mentioned three time, with Red-Purple indicating a clutch, and Blue-Purple meaning love and devotion, while Purple and Blue are used on page 33 of Renegades. "Sleepily Golden" is another colour, and Pink is used on page 336 of Moreta. "Murky Colours" are generally bad things, "Darkness" mentioned as sadness, and, in one case, Nemorth's Keening for her mate is described as "...eyes whirling with the muddy purples shot with orangey yellows of extreme distress."
This is another of my notes made for the Dragonriders of Pern series, which details just about every eye colour description listed in the entire series. I got sick of all the conflicting website sources which couldn't agree on what the colours were, and so I went through the books and made notes as to what they described for each emotion.

Dragonriders of Pern is copyright Anne McCaffrey
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dinn Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014   Digital Artist
This was helpful today.  Doing a wher commission and I needed a mischievous eye color.  :D
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Deaddo Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Student General Artist
oh, quite enlightening! I had not been aware of lavender... I wonder what kind of -stress- it was? Like is it a physical stress/pain tinted with love??
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AMCAlmaron Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Could be, I think it's from the scene in The White Dragon where Jaxom has just gotten over the worst of his illness and has been taken to Ruth.

I wondered at one point whether colours like purple were a mix of two emotions - such as worry being a mixture of love (blue) and anger (red), although that wouldn't really work as anxiety (yellow) fits far better than anger.
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Deaddo Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Student General Artist
lol, that is puzzling... I wonder if red applies to anger, but it's generalized as emotions like hunger, and lust. Perhaps the color lavender was due to Ruth being very hungry (bits of red), exhausted from worry (grey) , and happy to see Jaxom well (blue). I mean, things in the books will contradict, all we can do is make up reasons or try to stretch our minds to agree with it, LOL. Not to mention, emotion is very complex! But it's fun to try! :)
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice reference piece!
Yeah for exhaustive research!! :)
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PhantomoftheWolves Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
do the eyes change colors when the emotion occurs?
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AMCAlmaron Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Umm...yes?
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