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Smaug's monologue

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Barrel-rider! I do not know your smell, but if you are not one of those men of the lake, then you had their help.

I am astounded, barrel-rider, that you have had the courage to walk into my lair.

And by an entrance that my vast knowledge and long memory have allowed to wander into the recesses of my mind no less.

Have you not heard the tales they tell of the Smaug, the Great Wyrm? The Destroyer of Dale and the Terror of the Lonely Mountain?

How I, after hearing the tales of great treasures in the halls of Dwarves, journeyed there from the cold and unforgiving North?

How I, after arriving in the area, proceeded to raze the nearby human town of Dale to the ground and take the gold and armour and jewels of the Dwarves for my own magnificent hoard?

And, most of all, have you not heard that I am the true King under the Mountain?

Have you not heard of my fearsome glory?

But maybe you have not; maybe you have been given a task, and carried it out without realising just who you were to be dealing with.

But do not fear, barrel-rider; I shall enlighten you soon enough as to why my name is whispered even in the Iron Hills where Dwarves live, fearful that I shall turn my attention to their halls and treasures.

My name is barely mentioned in Lake Town. They remember well the destruction I wrought upon the land when I arrived.

But I shall fly above Lake Town once more, just to show them that they live only by my will.

I shall show them that I am stronger, more powerful than them, and that I always will be.

I will sow the seeds of destruction once more, to teach others a lesson about how I am an impressive force to be reckoned with.

I shall not leave the town until it is no more.

But, barrel-rider, I shall seek you out personally; I shall seek you out, for you took from me a cup, encrusted with jewels and made of gold.

Have you not heard of how closely dragons guard their treasure?

Have you not heard of how unlucky it is to invoke a dragon's wrath?

You are a fool, barrel-rider.

You speak not of wishing to reclaim my gigantic horde of jewels and gold and armour; instead, you claim that you and your companions have come to the Lonely Mountain for revenge.

Revenge? Ha! I laid low the warriors of old that once defended the Dwarven King and his mountain halls.

The so-called Dwarven King under the Mountain is dead by my claws!

I am the rightful King under the Mountain, and shall be forever!

The jewels and iron scales that cover me give me armour like tenfold shields!

My teeth are swords!

My claws are spears!

The shock of my tail is a thunderbolt through the sky!

The clap of my wings is a hurricane!

My breath of fire, my signature, is death.

You will understand, barrel-rider, that I am the Great Wyrm Smaug, Destroyer of Dale and Terror of the Lonely Mountain.

I shall fly above Lake Town again.

They shall see me and remember who is the real King under the Mountain.
This piece was originally written in early 2007 for part of my GCSE English course, specifically as one part of the speaking coursework. We had to choose either a topic or a character and produce a monologue for it, and then read it to our teacher using different tones, emphasis, etc. to convey the emotions of ourselves/the character.

For once I decided immediately what I wanted to write about: I wanted to write about what Smaug felt after Bilbo had stolen some of his treasure. So, a couple of hours later in a 'free' class (I had already done the work), I sat down at a computer and got this done in the hour. And I've got to say, I was - and still am - quite pleased with it. There's very little I would want to change since I got the impression I was going for.

You will note that there is lots of formatting, but that was mainly to tell me what sort of voice needed to go there - to be softer, louder, more mocking, angry, that sort of thing. On the paper version there were more notes, such as when to give a short laugh, but this is just the actual text. You may note some of the lines are taken from the book or are close to lines from the book.

I ended up getting full marks for this, which I was really pleased with, since I felt like an idiot before I started reading it (I wanted a deep, rumbly sort of voice for him, which is quite far away from my normal voice).

Smaug and The Hobbit (C) to J.R.R Tolkien
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WolfEaterEvans's avatar
I kinda wish this monologue was in the movie, for two reasons. One it's just that good that I can actually see Smaug saying this to Bilbo and two because I need a monologue for my drama class but it has to be from a movie, tv show or play. Great job on writing this though it's excellent. 😉