|Smaug (birth unknown – Third Age 2941) was the greatest fire-breathing dragon of the Third Age. Details of his origin are unknown, but in T.A. 2770 he attacked the Lonely Mountain and the town of Dale. He claimed the treasure of the mountain for himself and forced Thrór, King under the Mountain, and his people into exile. Thorin's quest - with the help of his burglar Bilbo Baggins - to reclaim the treasure ended in success when Smaug was slain by Bard in T.A. 2941.
- "But do you remember Gandalf's words: Even Gollum may have something yet to do? But for him, Sam, I could not have destroyed the Ring. The Quest would have been in vain, even at the bitter end. So let us forgive him! For the Quest is achieved and now all is over. I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam."
- ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Mount Doom"
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On this day... (26 July)
- 1956 - J.R.R. Tolkien writes Letter 191.
- 1973 - Lord Halsbury visits J.R.R. Tolkien.
- 1980 - Mythcon 11 at University of Nevada, Reno.
- 1981 - The twenty-first episode of the 1981 radio series of The Lord of the Rings is aired on BBC Radio 4.
- 1985 - Mythcon 16 in Wheaton, Illinois.
- 1987 - Mythcon 18 at Marquette University, Milwaukee.
- 1991 - Mythcon 22 in San Diego, California.
- 1996 - Mythcon 27 at University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado.
- 2002 - Mythcon 33 at Boulder, Colorado.
- 2003 - Mythcon 34 in Nashville, Tennessee.
- 2009 - Tolkien Thing 2009 in Rieneck, Germany.
- 2012 - The Saga of Hrolf Kraki, translated by Stella M. Mills, is published in a new edition, with a Foreword by Priscilla Tolkien.
- 2014 - Laocoon, one of Tolkien's favourite trees, lost two limbs. Subsequently, the Oxford Botanic Garden decided that the tree must be felled for safety reasons.