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2009-04-11, 02:53 AM

Is Smaug Red or Green.

Both of the above drawings are from tolkiens own hand, Which colour is smaug?

2009-04-11, 02:58 AM
He would appear to be red-gold, judging from the drawings. I don't have The Hobbit on hand, though, and I don't remember if the book said.

2009-04-11, 04:22 AM
I do have the Hobbit to hand, and it says "red-golden".

Bear in mind that Tolkien drafted and illustrated parts of his stories over decades and they changed a lot while he did so.

2009-04-11, 05:18 AM
I do have the Hobbit to hand, and it says "red-golden".

So I was right. It's because the bottom one looked more gold than green to me.

Fifty-Eyed Fred
2009-04-11, 05:53 AM
And here I thought I was going to have to use my epic Tolkien geekery. Oh well :P

2009-04-12, 10:04 PM
Well, based solely on the pictures I would say that Smaug's color varies depending on the lighting and what angle you are viewing him from. :smallwink::smallbiggrin::smallwink:

2009-04-12, 10:08 PM
... text trumps table? :smallbiggrin:

2009-04-13, 01:05 AM
He is red. He is described as red in the books, is one of the foundations of the red dragon in D&D (correct me if I'm wrong on this point but I think its safe to say he had alot to do with the inspiration), and the majority of the pictures drawn by tolkein and others depict him as a red dragon. So yeah, red.

2009-04-13, 04:02 AM
Blue, definitely Blue.... oh not my dragon?

2009-04-13, 10:37 AM
Same color as a balrog's wings.

Fifty-Eyed Fred
2009-04-13, 11:09 AM
Don't forget the slippers.