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Concerning Dragons

We all know that Glaurung was first of that unholy breed... but who was the last? I know that Smaug was the last famous dragon, but is it ever actually explicitly stated that there were no more dragons left after his passing?



Re: Concerning Dragons

Hi Aruthir,

I believe that Tolkien did NOT intend Smaug to be the last dragon, because of this excerpt from one of his letters:

Some stray answers. Dragons. They had not stopped; since they were active in far later times, close to our own. Have I said anything to suggest the final ending of dragons? If so it should be altered. The only passage I can think of is Vol. I p. 70 : 'there is not now any dragon left on earth in which the old fire is hot enough'. But that implies, I think, that there are still dragons, if not of full primeval stature.

The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Humphrey Carpenter, Letter 144 to Naomi Mitchison, 25 April 1954

Hope this helps!

- Barbara



Re: Concerning Dragons

Does indeed help. Many thanks!



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