The Smithsonian discusses the influence of mythology in Tolkien’s The Hobbit and the origins of Smaug the Magnificent!
“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
“The tunnel wound on and on, going fairly, but not quite straight in the the side of the hill, The Hill, as all of the people for many miles around called it.” ~ J.R.R.Tolkien
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