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#REDIRECT [[Bilbo Baggins]]
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'''Barrel-rider''' was one of the names [[Bilbo Baggins]] gave to [[Smaug]] in the [[Dragons|dragon's]] lair in the [[Lonely Mountain]].
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In late {{TA|2941}}<ref>{{App|TA}}</ref> Bilbo descended into the depths of the Lonely Mountain to look upon the Smaug and view his treasure.  On his first visit he found [[Smaug]] asleep, but the second time the great dragon was awake and waiting for him.  Bilbo though had taken the precaution of wearing [[One Ring|his ring]] and was invisible so Smaug could not locate him precisely.  However he could smell the hobbit and feel his air so he spoke to the intruder.
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Smaug asked his visitor for his name.  Knowing that it would be unwise to reveal his true name or stay quiet, Bilbo replied with a series of riddles, which no dragon can resist puzzling out.  Bilbo gave himself a series of names such as "[[Ringwinner]]" and "[[Luckwearer]]", referring to his adventures on the way to the Mountain.  Becoming pleased with his riddling, one of the names Bilbo conferred upon himself was 'Barrel-rider'.
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This last epithet confirmed Smaug's belief that Bilbo's coming was a scheme of the [[Lake-men]] of [[Esgaroth]].  Of all Bilbo's names Smaug referred to the "thief" as Barrel-rider and Bilbo regretted making up that name, fearing that the Lake-men would suffer for it.<ref>{{H|Inside}}</ref>  The people of Esgaroth did lose their town to Smaug's flames when he attacked, but in the end Bilbo's use of "Barrel-rider" produced a fortunate reault: At the height of the attack Smaug was killed by an [[Black Arrow|arrow]] shot by [[Bard]] the bowman.<ref>{{H|Fire}}</ref>
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