“There he lay, a vast red-golden dragon, fast asleep; thrumming came from his jaws and nostrils, and wisps of smoke, but his fires were low in slumber. Beneath him, under all his limbs and his huge coiled tail, and about him on all sides stretching away across the unseen floors, lay countless piles of precious things, gold wrought and unwrought, gems and jewels, and silver red-stained in the ruddy light. Smaug lay, with wings folded like an immeasurable bat, turned partly on one side, so that the hobbit could see his underparts and his long pale belly crusted with gems and fragments of gold from his long lying on his costly bed.”
Smaug the dragon has been an inspirational character for generations. He is described as the biggest dragon of the Third Age:
“My armor is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my breath death!”
You can imagine Bilbo’s terror when he, being of his size, had to walk up to that. And now YOU also have the chance to set your imagination free!
Harper Collins has launched an artwork competition where you can express your vision of Smaug and send it off before the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on 13th December.
The entries of all ages are acceptable! So hurry, it has been going on for a while!
To find out about the available prizes click here.
To enter the competition click here.
Best of luck, me mates!