|Other names||Smaug the: Golden, Impenetrable, Magnificent, Tremendous, Unassessably Wealthy, Mighty, Terrible, Stupendous, Tyrannical; Chiefest and Greatest of Calamities; Your Magnificence, The Dragon Dread; Trāgu|
King under the Mountain
|Date of birth||TA 2770|
|Year ascended to the throne||TA 2880|
|Date of death||TA 2941|
|Weaponry||Fire, teeth, claws, tail, wings|
|Lord of the Rings film trilogy|
- "I am "King under the Mountain.""
Smaug was the greatest fire-breathing dragon of the Third Age. Sometime in 2880 3A, he attacked the Erebor and the city of Dale. He claimed the treasure of the mountain for himself and forced Thrór, King under the Mountain, and his people into exile. Thorin's quest - with the help of his burglar Bilbo Baggins - to reclaim the treasure ended in success when Smaug was slain by Bard Bowman.
Sacking of EreborEdit
- "But it matters not! Oakenshield's quest will fail. The darkness is coming. It will spread through every corner of the land."
- ―Smaug, discussing the growing threat that will soon come.
Born in TA 2770, Smaug became drawn by great wealth amassed by the dwarven kingdom of Erebor, which included gold, gemstones, mithril, silver, pearls, the many-faceted crystals of emerald, sapphire and diamond, and the famed Arkenstone. Seeking to claim the mountain and its treasures for himself, Smaug attacked the city of Dale in a great firestorm before turning to Erebor itself. Smashing through the great doors of the Lonely Mountain, he slew a number of dwarves who resisted him and forcing many of the surviving dwarves into exile. After Thrór, Thráin II, and Thorin II escaped with all their people, Smaug claimed the treasure (which included the Arkenstone and a mithril shirt) for himself and laid there upon a vast bed of gold.
King under the MountainEdit
For sixty years, Smaug ruled the Lonely Mountain uncontested, laying waste to the lands around the mountain, so that the blasted domain of the Dragon of Erebor became known as the Desolation of Smaug. While laying asleep, Smaug sensed that the dwarves would one day return and reclaim the moutain for himself. Yet in the year TA 2941, a company of 12 dwarves, and Gandalf led by the heir of the former Dwarf-kingdom, Thorin Oakenshield, entered Smaug's mountain lair by a secret door. They sent the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins through the secret door to carry out his duty as their 'burglar'. As Smaug lay dreaming of greed and violence, Bilbo encountered the dragon and was surprised to find that Smaug was larger than he had expected. His underbelly was heavily armored as the rest of him. The bare patch that Bilbo notices is a single missing scale instead, broken off during his attack on Dale, by one of the Black Arrows fired by Girion.
Smaug is awoken as Bilbo hunts for the Arkenstone amongst the vast treasure pile. Although Bilbo uses the One Ring to remain out of sight, the dragon is immediately made aware of his presence by his scent. As he searches for Bilbo, he hints at an awareness of the ring, as he senses that Bilbo has something powerful made of gold, which in turn forces the hobbit to remove the ring in front of him. Capable of smelling and reading minds, Smaug had already known about Thorin's plans to reclaim Erebor (possibly because of the Thrush knocking the entrance to the heart of the mountain) and would await to welcome him and then kill him. During their conversation, Smaug seems to speak of the growing threat from Sauron (though he doesn't name him). He discerns the Hobbit's true intentions to steal the Arkenstone, and says that he is almost tempted to let him take it and let Thorin suffer the same fate as his grandfather. At this point, Smaug ends his cat-and-mouse banter with the hobbit and immediately tries to kill him, but Bilbo uses the ring to escape.
Smaug catches up to Bilbo and the Dwarves, but after they elude him he quickly crawls around the abandoned halls in search of them. In his pursuit, he is lead to the forges, where they trick him into rekindling the smelting vats with his fire breath. As the Company enact their plan, Bilbo and his human companions lead him away a second time. Realizing that the Humans of Esgaroth were helping the company - reinforced by Bilbo calling himself the "Barrel-rider, Smaug resolved to attack and destroy the town as a punitive measure. Before he leaves, Thorin taunts him, and in their standoff, the dwarf unveils an enormous golden dwarf statue, which distracts the greedy dragon long enough for the statue to melt into liquid gold and supposedly drown him. Unfortunately for them, Smaug survives the scalding gold and stumbles out of the Mountain and breaks out through the entrance. He then takes to the air and shakes off his gold coating, then flies off towards Esgaroth.
Smaug is portrayed as being arrogant, and greedy, having an unquenchable desire for gold, and not caring who gets in his way for more. He appears to possess a rather sardonic sense of humor, mocking Bilbo darkly while they are talking. Smaug seems to dislike Dwarves, or at least thinks little of them, which is seen when he openly defiles their territory, and makes unfavorable comments about Thror. The most distinguishing characteristic of the dragon (aside from his greed), is his arrogance. Smaug thinks very highly of himself, loudly boasting his superiority. This proves to be his downfall when he is not able to recognize his only weakness. Smaug's motivations seem to be primarily greed and personal arrogance, rather than a desire to do evil. While he does ruthlessly destroy, after claiming the Lonely Mountain for himself he is apparently content to allow the rest of Middle Earth to go about its business so long as he is not disturbed.