|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, The Fire Terror, Chiefest of Sauron's Servants (self-proclaimed), The Flames of War (by Narzug), Lord Sauron's weapon (self-proclaimed)|
|Title||King under the Mountain (under Sauron's overlordship)|
|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 to Thorin Oakenshield
Smaug was the greatest fire-breathing dragon of the Third Age, bred by Sauron. After the Dark Lord's defeat, he fled to the North together with Gorthaur's spirit and made his lair not far from the fortress of Dol Guldur. Sometime in 2880 3A, he attacked the Erebor and the city of Dale. He claimed the treasure and mountain for his Dark Master, forcing 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.
The Fire-drake of the North Edit
- "I kill where I please and when I please! I rule where I desire when I desire! And there is but One who may command me. "
- ―Smaug on himself and Sauron
Sacking of EreborEdit
- "I stand ready, my lord. Taking the mountain from those greedy Dwarves and wretched Men will be only a matter of time. The Lonely Mountain will belong to us. Middle-earth will be ours. All shall cower before the Dark Lord Sauron and his servant - I Smaug the Terrible. Together, my lord, we shall rule all the lands of Arda!"
- ―Smaug to Sauron
King under the Mountain Edit
- "But it matters not! Oakenshield's quest will fail. The darkness is coming. It will spread through every corner of the land."
- ―Smaug to Bilbo Baggins on the "futile" quest of Thorin Oakenshield and the return of Sauron
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, Sauron will possesses the beast and hints at an awareness of the ring, as he senses that Bilbo has something powerful made of gold "but far more precious", which in turn forces the hobbit to remove the ring in front of him. Due to the influence of the Dark Lord's will, 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, the fire-drake reveals details on his master's return and the ongoing preparations for the war. 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 dwarven 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 began suspecting a plot against him and his lord Sauron, thus resolving 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.
The dragon burns Lake-Town to the ground, but realizes he is being shot at. He identifies his attacker as Bard whom he calls the "bowman". Smaug confronts him and mocks him for having no more arrows, commenting: "What will you do know. bowman?". He successfuly guesses that Bain is Bard's son and threatens to kill the boy. As the beast advances towards him, the Man of Esgaroth shoots a Black Arrows straight through the missing scale in the fire-drake's chest. Smaug flies into the sky, screaming as his life fades, before succumbing to his wounds and falling on the Master of Lake-Town's boat, crushing the tyrant beneath him.
Smaug is portrayed as being arrogant, greedy and a loyal servant of Sauron, having an unquenchable desire for gold, and not caring who gets in his or the Dark Lord's way for more. He appears to possess a rather sardonic sense of humor similar to his lord, mocking Bilbo darkly while they are talking. Smaug seems to dislike Dwarves, or at least thinks little of them as threats to Sauron's return, 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. In his hubris, the fire-drake proclaims himself "Chiefest of Sauron's Servants". This proves to be his downfall when he is not able to recognize his only weakness. While he is arrogant, he is unquestinably loyal to the Dark Lord, evidenced by the fact that he refers to him as "Lord Sauron" or "master". His devotion to the One is the primary motivation for his arrogance as he seeks to prove himself worthy and does everything in his power to fulfill his master's wishes. In similar fashion to Sauron himself, Smaug has a sarcastic nature and a desire to do evil just for the fun it gives him.