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Battle of the Forges

Battle of the Forges is a concept which has only appeared in an adaptation of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

The Battle of the Forges was a conflict between the Dwarves who were members of Thorin and Company and the Dragon Smaug that only occurs in the film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

[edit] History

Upon their return to the Lonely Mountain, Thorin and his travelling companions decided to mount an attack on Smaug in an attempt to restore their kingdom by any means necessary, even with what limited resources to which they had immediate access. They provoked the fire-drake to pursue them to the forges where they had created many of their treasures from the gold they had mined from the mountain in days of old. They tricked the Dragon into relighting their furnaces with his fire. In order to bide time for carrying out Thorin's master plan, the other Dwarves combat Smaug using various means, such as chemical mixes, gold-filled aerial transports, and the mountain's water supply. Ultimately, Thorin persuades Bilbo Baggins to lead Smaug to the Hall of Kings to carry out the last phase of the plan. There, Thorin exposes a newly forged statue of his grandfather Thrór made from the molten gold that was previously contained in the furnaces. The Dragon is initially captivated by it until it begins to melt due to not having had enough time to cool. Thorin's attempt to drown Smaug in the molten gold fails when the Dragon emerges and flies off to Lake-town in order to exact revenge on its citizens for their part in this attack on him.

[edit] Background

Upon Peter Jackson's decision to expand his adaptation of The Hobbit from two films into three, he knew he was going to need some sort of climax with which to end the second film. Given the dissatisfaction of some crew members (co-screenwriter Philippa Boyens, in particular) that the Dwarves never actually confronted Smaug in the original novel, he invented this battle for this purpose. It was Alan Lee who ultimately came up with the idea of the unsettled gold statue as a means of attempting to unsuccessfully drown Smaug that would enrage him so much that he'd fly off to Lake-town to exact revenge on the townspeople for this attack.[1]

References

  1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (extended edition)