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Posts Tagged ‘dragons’

Why would Smaug need to cross a bridge to attack Lake-town?

head It’s a topical question as the final film of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit approach: Tolkien emphasises that the bridge over to Lake-town functions as a protection against enemies — and especially the dragon of the Mountain. But why would Smaug need to cross a bridge in order to attack Lake-town? After all, he has wings. (more…)

Posted in Green Books, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Dragons vs wyverns: the question of Smaug

Smaug Destroys Lake-town by John Howe.

Smaug Destroys Lake-town by John Howe.

A lot of folks have — in the wake of the trailers for The Desolation of Smaug — been pondering the question about the number of legs our favourite big, bad beastie might possess in the estimation of Peter Jackson (and his conceptual artists Alan Lee and John Howe).

Four? Two? It seems to be a bit unclear.

Here, Ringer Arandir examines the evidence (he does say that it’s not movie spoilery, but I think it is a little bit, so here’s your warning) and posits that we may be seeing a mid-stream change in Smaug’s conceptual design. (more…)

Posted in Green Books, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again