Smaug is a fictional dragon and the primary antagonist of J. R. R. Tolkien's 1937 novel The Hobbit, and appeared in 3 feature films.

Film AppearancesEdit

The Hobbit (1977)Edit

In the 1977 animated version of The Hobbit, Smaug was voiced by Richard Boone. In general, Smaug's design is consistent with Tolkien's original description, but rather than the traditional reptilian look associated with dragons, Smaug's face in the animated version has distinct wolf-like features like furry cheeks and a canine nose. His hypnotic gaze is absent, although his acute eyesight is portrayed by showing high beam-like lights shining forth from his eyes whenever he is searching for something.


Smaug from the 1977 film The Hobbit

The Hobbit (Film Series)Edit

In Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of The Hobbit, Smaug is voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. He is presented with a long head, red-golden scales, the body of a wyvern, and piercing yellow eyes.

In the first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Smaug is described as a "fire drake from the north" before taking residence in Erebor. His full appearance is not shown as only parts of him are glimpsed, partially obscured by treasure. The only parts of him seen are his legs and tail, which is consistent with Tolkien's illustrations, and his eye, which is showcased in the final scene of the film.

In the second film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the dragon's scene with Bilbo deviates from the book with his weak point revealed to have been the result of one of his scales broken off during his attack on Dale. Smaug hunts Bilbo for sport before battling Thorin's small group of dwarves when they come to Bilbo's aid, surviving a bath of molten gold before flying off to Lake-town as the film comes to an end.

In the third movie, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Smaug only appears for the first few minutes of the movie. He is attacking Lake-Town before he confronts Bard the Bowman and his son, Bain. Soon, Bard uses a black arrow, the only weapon able to kill Smaug, to shoot him in his weak point, killing him.

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