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Gandalf. Here's why....

Tol Eressea

Dec 15 2012, 3:10am

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1. Smaug, though cunning and probing, is as arrogant as he is chatty. Gandalf is clever enough to take advantage of that, and trick Smaug into revealing his weakness. After all, Bilbo was able to figure it out, so why couldn't an actual Maia and Istar? Furthermore, Smaug wasn't even aware he was revealing his weakness to Bilbo when he did. He wouldn't be hiding it from Gandalf, even in open combat. If anything, he would show off his jewel-encrusted frontside as means to intimidate. Gandalf would find it, one way or another, because he is Gandalf.

2. A dragon, though mighty among Middle Earth inhabitants, is not Maia. If G (a Maia) can defeat the Balrog (a Maia), defeating a dragon should be no problem, especially if it has a discernible weakness (see #1 above).

3. Smaug is extremely vulnerable at the weakness (like the Death Star). Just a teeny arrow, ploink, he's dead. Gandalf's got this. A well-placed lightning bolt would more than suffice.

4. Gandalf has allies and friends who tend to come along when he's in a tight spot. Smaug is a loner and has no one.  If Smaug were to use his power of flight to his advantage, Gandalf might notice a moth fluttering by.....you know the rest. The power of deus ex machina, I mean eucatastrophe rather, is strong in this one.

5. Even if Smaug were to defeat G somehow, it would only be temporary. G would just keep coming back, whereas when Smaug dies, game over.

That's why.

A bag is like a hole that you can carry with you.


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        Not sure BeornBerserker Send a private message to BeornBerserker Dec 16 2012, 4:58am
            thank you tolkienreborn Send a private message to tolkienreborn Dec 28 2012, 12:15am
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