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Bard, Smaug's death and intra-species conflicts in Middle-earth

The Grey Elf
Rohan


Apr 20, 2:44pm


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As someone with spotty familiarity with The Unfinished Tales and none of Tolkien's other works outside of LOTR and The Hobbit, I am unaware of any instances of warring in Middle-earth that doesn't take place between different species/cultures. Are there?

I came to this question in a roundabout way. As much has been made of the notion that a single arrow could kill Smaug, I've been pondering how movie Bard may accomplish this, beyond accurate aim. Since we know Laketown will be burning, what if he lit the black arrow with dragon fire and sunk it into Smaug's chest that way? (True, the arrow appears to be entirely metal but assuming dragon flames have properties greater than normal fire, I would argue it might be possible.) This, in turn, made me wonder if dragons were vulnerable to the fire of their own kind and if they ever battled amongst themselves which, let's face it, does seem like a typically anti-social and dragony thing to do ;-) Finally, this thought led me to realizing that the battles of Middle-earth, as far as I knew, seem to be very clearly drawn between species.

Have I missed anything from other Tolkien works re dragon lore and intra-species conflicts? And what do you think about my hypothetical re Bard and his kill shot?

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Bard, Smaug's death and intra-species conflicts in Middle-earth The Grey Elf Send a private message to The Grey Elf Apr 20, 2:44pm
    Oh, yes indeed! Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Apr 20, 3:07pm
        Those Nasty Noldor and their Kinslaying NottaSackville Send a private message to NottaSackville Apr 21, 12:03pm
    There is a line in the Silmarillion about the Last Alliance Elarie Send a private message to Elarie Apr 20, 4:16pm
    I also wonder if there was a historical precedent for Morgoth The Grey Elf Send a private message to The Grey Elf Apr 20, 4:51pm
        Morgoth created the dragons and used them as weapons Elarie Send a private message to Elarie Apr 20, 5:38pm
            Thanks for the factoids, Elarie! The Grey Elf Send a private message to The Grey Elf Apr 20, 5:45pm
    There were Men in Sauron's army at Minas Tirith and the Black Gate.// Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Apr 20, 7:27pm
    I can recall a pretty epic battle between a couple of Wizards ;) // grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Apr 21, 9:23am
        D'oh! // The Grey Elf Send a private message to The Grey Elf Apr 21, 10:07am

 
 
 

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