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Smaug is the main antagonist of The Desolation of Smaug and a minor antagonist in The Battle of the Five Armies.

As a young dragon, Smaug took over the Lonely Mountain in TA 2770. This event had lead Thorin Oakenshield to form a quest to reclaim Erebor and take back the Arkenstone from Smaug. Smaug was attacked by Bilbo Baggins and the dwarves that fallowed and took his revenge by destroying Dale. He was killed by Bard of Laketown after taunting the bowman and his son and his carcass landed on the Master of Laketown and his followers. His death would be one of the sparks to the Battle of the Five Armies.

Smaug is voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch


Destroying Dale and Erebor Takeover

In the year 2770, as a young dragon, Smaug had heard of the hoard holding inside Erebor. He attacked Dale, but then came for a greater treasure Girion, the Lord of the City, tried to fire. Arrow after arrow, Girion kept missing. Smaug continued on to Erebor. He had driven the dwarves into exile all the way to Ered Luin (the Blue Mountains). Among the treasure was the Arkenstone, Thrór's stone and a Mithril shirt that would be give to Bilbo Baggins by Thorin Oakenshield. Thorin would also swear his vengeance on the accursed beast.

An Unexpected Journey

Smaug makes two cameos in this film. One, he destroys Dale by setting it aflame. In present day, the thrush flies across Middle-earth plains and starts knocking on the side ofthe mountain. Smaug wakes up, and he now knows that the Dwarves of Erebor will be returning to the Mountain.

The Desolation of Smaug

One day, a hobbit by the name of Bilbo Baggins interrupted the dragon's sleep and hunted down Bilbo until the Hobbit became visible to him through the One Ring. Smaug interrogated the hobbit of his friends' whereabouts, but Baggins did not divulge any of them, but he thought otherwise. Smaug knew of Thorin Oakenshield's attempt for the Arkenstone, where he started to come at Bilbo before the hobbit disappeared. Smaug searched for the Hobbit, and also tried to destroy Oakenshield's and Baggins' friendship. He also tempted to let Bilbo take the Arkenstone, only to watch Thorin suffer. Bilbo slipped the ring on his finger and disappeared, leaving Smaug enraged and Fire at the Hobbit. The next time he spotted Bilbo was when he was with Thorin and the other dwarves who came in to rescue Bilbo, but they fled. This lead Smaug to hunt them down.

The remaining company thought of a plan to split to distract Smaug. He was next seen by Bilbo and the two dwarves and chased Thorin down a hole until Nori intervened and fell to. Thorin told his fellow companions to hide after he enraged the “witless worm" on the pillars' edge. They outsmarted Smaug. The dragon than came an attack on Bilbo before the hobbit ran to the Gallery of the Fallen Kings. They attempt to burn the dragon’s skin. The plan fails miserably while Smaug runs off to destroy Laketown.

Battle of the Five Armies

Destroying Lake-town/Death

The Laketowners had started to evacuate, and only the Master had only cared about him and his gold. Smaug started to destroy the town with his fire. Bard, "the Bowman" to the city, fired one of his weak arrows at Smaug's hide, but missed again. Smaug then taunted Bard when he realized he was challenged. Bard saw the wound that Smaug still had: a patch of scale missing. Before the dragon fires, the Black arrow is fired and hits Smaug's opened area. The dragon cries in pain before falling and his carcass landing on the Master and his guards.


Smaug's death sparked the Battle of the Five Armies. Thorin Oakenshield took Erebor for his own. Smaug's curse on the gold made Thorin mad, and he was oblivious to everyone. The King would see all of his friends as traitors.

Mention in Lord of the Rings

Gandalf also mentioned to Frodo that he was not involved with the incident with the dragon.


Smaug was taunting, sadistic, arrogant, and boasting, also ruthless and cruel. He was rather intelligent knowing Thorin's last name, the dwarves coming, and evil spreading through every corner in the land. Smaug torments heroes of the tale, and takes the pleasure in watching other people's pains. He was also merciless, destroying Laketown and sparing the Hobbit to live to watch Laketown turned into fire. He also sneered and taunted Bard as well as he did Bilbo. The dragon was also boastful about how strong he was. 

Powers and abilites

  • Flight: Smaug is able to fly like all other dragons through the use of his wings. He can also hover over objects while looking for hi senemies, like he does when looking for an invisible Bilbo Baggins (or barrel rider as Smaug calls him.) It is said he is a fast flyer and that his wings are like a hurricane when he is using htis ability.
  • Breathe fire: Like all dragons, Smaug can breathe fire, usually for destruction as seen when he destroys Lake-town. Seeing that he has different forms of fire in teh first and second film, it is possible that he can change any form of fire.
  • Keen smelling:


  • Black arrow: Smaug's only weakness is a black arrow fired from a bow or a dwarvish wind lance. It was show effective once when Girion fired it and was able to lose the scale.
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