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Smaug and the Species of Dragons

            A dragon is defined as a huge serpent or a fabulous animal usually represented as a monstrous winged and scaly serpent (Webster's Dictionary 400). Dragons are used in many ways such as books, movies, songs, and poems. Many people think of dragons as beasts or monsters, but that is not always the case. There are good dragons, evil dragons, and neutral dragons. Therefore, dragons are not just big monsters that guard the castle or treasure. "Among the oldest of mythological creatures, dragons appear in the traditions of virtually all peoples back to the beginning of time ( Bria 2 ).".
             Smaug, of course the dragon in J.R.R. Talkien's, The Hobbit. Smaug was the evil dragon that terrified everyone for one reason only, to protect the treasure in the mountain. Smaug is also known as The Golden. His race is known as the Red Dragon, he was a .
             Fire-drake. Fire-drake means that he could breathe fire. In this picture to the left, this is not actually The Great Smaug, but it is a picutre of the Red Dragon species. It shows how huge the wings actually are and how the fire comes from the mouth. Smaug was covered in gold fragments except for one small area. The size of this dragon was unbelievable. "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 .
             (Talkien 213)." Smaug was very protective of his treasure or the treasure in the mountain. That is why he went crazy when he knew there were people in the mountain. Smaug, like all Dragons, defended his territory. Smaug was a pretty typical dragon, as he stood out in this book.
             There are many different types of dragons, but in this case Good Dragons and Evil Dragons are the main groups. There are four different types of Good Dragons. One type is Brass Dragons, which live in sandy deserts, they can grow up to 50 feet and use sleeping gas as their breathe weapon.

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