Finally, Smaug is upon us!
What Smaug keeps in his treasure hoard and a look at how he compares to other dragons from Tolkien mythology!
J.R.R. Tolkien might have created a Middle Earth brimming with peoples and creatures that are almost as real as you and I, but he didn’t tell us much about the actual size of Smaug, the evil dragon that ransacked Erebor and, clearly and literally the big star of The Hobbit—The Desolation of Smaug.
We know that cave trolls, balrogs and ents probably stood at no more than nineteen feet. But Smaug? All we know is that Tolkien said he’s gigantic. A quick search about his size left us with hardly any convincing material about this dragon, even as we’re bombarded with tons of information about the hobbits, dwarves, elves, and the movie itself. This dragon must have really slept one day too long in the Lonely Mountain that fans and Tolkien experts must have forgotten him; thus, the inspiration to present Smaug in all his malevolent glory in this infographic published by Finances Online.
We thought that Smaug—at risk of inciting a fiery debate among Tolkien fans—is five times bigger than a balrog or troll. He easily towers over all of Middle Earth’s creatures, save the stone giants (but they’re more like a fantasy in this high fantasy and they’re not generally thought as creatures, but as some magical element of the mountains).
Our size assumption is not without basis. Using the relative size of Smaug’s eyes to Bilbo’s height in Peter Jackson’s movie and the relative size of Smaug’s eye to his length in Tolkien’s Conversation with Smaug illustration, we now have an idea how big this violent dragon: nearly 60 feet!
Size, though, is not the only reason why this dragon is truly malevolent. He’s cunning, perhaps his most potent weapon, that he could deduce Bilbo came from Lake Town with a party of dwarves by simply throwing leading questions to the hobbit in their conversation. Likewise, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of all the pieces in his treasure hoard, that when Bilbo managed to walk off with one, the dragon was sent to violent tantrums. He also almost managed to put doubts on Bilbo that the dwarves were not to be trusted with the distribution of treasure.
We also found out that Sauron might be a little wary of Smaug, too. In fact, the reason Gandalf set for the dwarf party to reclaim their homeland is to destroy Smaug before Sauron could make the dragon his ally. Yes, his ally and not subject like the Ringwraiths. It’s easy to imagine Sauron didn’t want to antagonize the dragon.
Know more about the biggest star of Peter Jacksons’ second serving of The Hobbit in this infographic.