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The sequence is excellent.

dernwyn
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Oct 13 2012, 12:23am


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The previous chapter has the undercurrent of tension: where is that blasted dragon? Is he going to return in the midst of the dwarves' delight at the treasure? It would have made Bilbo's hike into the room less effective, had we known that the dragon was already dead.

What a perfect "view" we have, as Smaug follows the river down to the lake! Like a spark from the "fireworks" on the Mountain, coming closer...and closer...and by the time he arrives, we're in as much of an organized panic as the townspeople. I did a search for depictions of this scene on Rolozo Tolkien, and found that artists love to portray the dragon destroying the town, but no one shows him approaching it!

I find "the lake rippled red as fire" fascinating: once again, that combination of fire and water, reminiscent of the steam and black smoke coming from the entrance to the Mountain.

And what a change from the original version of the story, where Tolkien had Biblo be the dragon-slayer; now the humble hobbit is nowhere in sight!


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"





Subject User Time
***Fire and Water*** I: Smaug Attacks Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Oct 9 2012, 8:14pm
    Smaug happens CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Oct 10 2012, 10:52pm
        Fall of Gondolin Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Oct 11 2012, 4:45pm
    My Thoughts justbennett Send a private message to justbennett Oct 12 2012, 10:18pm
        The last lucky arrow Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Oct 14 2012, 4:34pm
    The sequence is excellent. dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Oct 13 2012, 12:23am
        Bilbo as dragon-slayer Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Oct 14 2012, 4:46pm
    quite a scene Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Oct 13 2012, 12:52am
        Bilbo as author Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Oct 14 2012, 4:57pm
            I think of Bilbo and Frodo as the writers of an original manuscript Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Oct 14 2012, 5:05pm
    Late answers sador Send a private message to sador Oct 14 2012, 3:11pm
        and a late question Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Oct 14 2012, 5:14pm
            All of those you've said sador Send a private message to sador Oct 15 2012, 9:39pm

 
 
 

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