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Sep 27 2012, 2:12pm

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1. Would you consider Smaug to be the most famousest dragon of them all?
At the present, possibly.

2. Here Tolkien refers to Bilbo’s enchantment and the “desire of dwarves”, almost forgetting the dragon altogether when seeing the immense treasures strewn about the hall. Is this part of the dragon’s curse on the gold?
Not quite. The curse is laid on someone after he acquired the hoard, not by the mere sight of it.

3. Does it strike you as odd that the dwarves had no such plan?
Thorin had one - of challenging Smaug to war. The idea of burglary was Gandalf's, and if he had a plan he never bothered to tell them. I expect Thorin did ask him several times, and the wily wizard avoided answering. The fact is that he had no idea, but just wanted to keep Smaug busy while dealing with the Necromancer.

It seems rather stupid doesn’t it?
It does. Not that Gandalf cares a fig about what you or I think, as long as he got his diversion.

To travel all that way through dangers uncounted and arrive at Erebor outnumbered and defenseless?
Not outnumbered.

Is this a weak link in the story as a whole?
Well, any nigh-impossible quest might be a weak link in the story. What about sending Frodo to Mt. Doom?

4. Is Tolkien making a pointed social comment here - not only of dragons, but real-world millionaires and billionaires who hoard their money and count it to the last penny?
Perhaps. But probably only of those upstart Americans; the English magnates are all fine fellows.

5. Tolkien’s description of Smaug issuing from the gates of Erebor is interesting because he mentions that Smaug spouts “green and scarlet flame”. Why green and scarlet?
After the Royal badge of Wales (you asked for this, didn't you?).

"Okay. I'm going to post the entire debate between Bilbo and Smaug. I'm under the Tolkien-spell, so I can't help myself. But you don't have to read it if you don't want to... or need to... because you have it memorized... right?"
- grammaboodawg

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