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First, let’s clarify the difference between movie Smaug and book Smaug. The movie Smaug has a sexy voice and looks like this:
While Thorin in the book describes Smaug as stealthier and more dignified than is movie alter-ego.
“From a long way off we saw the dragon settle on our mountain in a spout of flame. Then he came down the slopes and when he reached the woods they all went up in fire.”
So why Smaug instead of Saphira from Eragon? Firstly, I haven’t read the Eragon series in a while, and can only remember some training passages. Secondly, Smaug is the dragon in all the fairy tales. In the old fairy tales, the prize is hidden behind the dragon, and only the best can kill, or in Donkey’s case, seduce the dragon.
Those fairy tales set us up for disappointment. Almost every story had a dragon, but then we grew up, and it’s all androids, aliens and detectives. While I love all of those things, I’m a bit dragon-deprived.
The Hobbit is our fairy tale. While there are no female protagonists, at least the prize isn’t a princess. They never said why a dragon would guard a princess. Where they all locked up? How do you lock up a dragon? If you did lock up a dragon, how would you give them enough room to kill all unworthy knights but not the princess?
Gold guarding is a lot more realistic than princess guarding. There is dragon sickness on the gold, a defense measure to ward off the more intelligent potential thieves and for the dumber ones who get in have a reason to stay and be eaten, for they couldn’t steal enough gold to satisfy the sickness.
Why does Smaug fly? To kill people, of course. He must keep the locals in fear of him, unfortunately alive because he has to eat sometime. Flying gives him an advantage because he can kill people stuck on the ground while negating the danger of ground weapons like axes and swords. The lakemen got around that, unfortunately, but what’s a fairy tale without a dead dragon?
Dragons on my TBR:
Tess Of The Road, Rachel Hartman
Dealing with Dragons, P.C.Wrede
The Hobbit, JR.R. Tolkein
Eragon, Christopher Paolini
A Natural History Of Dragons, Lady Trent
What other dragons are on your TBR?