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"You will take nothing from me, Dwarf. I layed low on your warriors of old. I instilled terror in the hearts of men. I am King under the Mountain."
―Smaug in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Smaug the Dragon is the main antagonist of 1937 classic novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien and one of the three main antagonists of it's Peter Jackson films 2012-2014. He appears in the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies set 79018 The Lonely Mountain in 2014.


Smaug was a dragon in the Third Age. One of the last of his kind, Smaug demolished Dale, and captured Erebor, the Lonely Mountain, from the Dwarves. For about two hundred years, Smaug hoarded Erebor's treasures before a company of dwarves led by Prince Thorin Oakenshield made their way back to the mountain along with Hobbit Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo entered to find and retrieve the arkenstone and bring to Thorin. The wizard Gandalf the Grey had departed from the company and left for Dol Guldur. Bilbo snuck into the treasure hoard but Smaug awakened and eventually found him.

After a discussion, Smaug revealed that he was aware of Bilbo's intentions and attempted to kill him, but Bilbo used the One Ring to hide again and managed to escape. Smaug found Thorin and the dwarves and they battled fiercely until Smaug realized that the dwarves were being aided by the Lake-men of Lake-Town. Smaug was distracted by Thorin, who unveiled a large golden statue that they had forged during the battle. They used the gold to distract Smaug due to his greed of gold long enough for the statue to melt into golden pools that they used to try and drown Smaug in it.

This strategy failed as Smaug burst out of the streams of gold, shook off all the gold and flew into the sky, heading for Lake-Town, intending to destroy it. As Bilbo remains horrified at the result in their quest, Smaug quoted "I am fire! I am...death!"

Smaug then made his way to Lake-Town and attacked the city and killed many of the soldiers fighting there. However, Smaug had a weak spot, which was a missing scale from his breast. A soldier named Bard shot a black arrow at Smaug's weak spot, killing the mighty dragon. Smaug's falling corpse landed on a boat which was carrying the Master of the town. This act signaled both the ends of Smaug and Esgaroth.

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The vast and arrogant fire drake Smaug is the last great dragon known to live in Middle-earth. Craving wealth and treasure, he drove the Dwarves of Erebor from the Lonely Mountain and turned their golden kingdom into his own lair, destroying the nearby town of Dale in the process. He has slumbered surrounded by his priceless horde for almost two centuries, but now the Hobbit burglar Bilbo Baggins has awakened him and unleashed his terrible and vengeful wrath. Blaming the citizens of Lake-town for helping Bilbo and his friends in The Company of Dwarves, mighty Smaug has left his mountain home at last, and is intent on destroying the helpless town below with his flames.


  • Unlike the book where Smaug is depicted with wings on his back, Smaug in the movie is designed to have wings in place of front legs.
  • If the player turns on the boss disguise cheat, Smaug will be seen wearing a deerstalker hat. This Easter egg is a reference to the TV show Sherlock which is worn by the main character, also played by Cumberbatch whose Hobbit co-star Martin Freeman played Sherlock Holmes' partner John Watson.
  • He's identical to the Red Dragon from the Castle (2007) theme.


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