How did they miss this, those toothpaste and mouthwash marketing executives? Smaug the Dragon’s own glorious description of himself (my capitals): “Then I was but young and tender.  Now I am old and strong, strong, strong, Thief in the Shadows!” he gloated.  “My armour is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my BREATH DEATH.”

Source: JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit (London: HarperCollins, 1995), p. 203


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