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Guillermo del Toro Talks About The Hobbit's Dragon: Smaug

Published October 6, 2008 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, ComingSoon
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While there are plenty of aspects from The Hobbit I can't remember, one creature/character that does stick out is Smaug. Tricked by Bilbo Baggins, the dragon represents one of the story's greatest highlights.

Smaug Magnificent for The Hobbit


I was read The Hobbit when I was (really) young, so I actually remember Smaug more from the animated film; which scared me mind you. The story of this dragon and the riddle showdown between Bilbo and Gollum were two of the most memorable moments. Being a fan of dragons, Guillermo del Toro confesses to ComingSoon that he can't wait to tackle Smaug.

"All my life I've been fascinated by dragons. I was born under the Chinese sign of The Dragon. All my life I'm collecting dragons. It's such a powerful symbol, and in the context of 'The Hobbit' it is used to cast its shadow through the entire narrative. Essentially, Smaug represents so many things: greed, pride… he's 'the Magnificent,' after all. The way his shadow is cast in the narrative you cannot then show it and have it be one thing, he has to be the embodiment of all those things. He's one of the few dragons that will have enormous scenes with lines. He has some of the most beautiful dialogues in those scenes! The design, I'm pretty sure that will be the last design we will sign off on, and the first design we have attempted. It is certainly a matter of turning every stone before figuring out what he looks like, because what he looks like will tell you what he is."

Knowing Del Toro's love of the material, expect some great dialogue in The Hobbit. Like I said above, the riddle showdown should be extremely cool. The only challenge left is how does one make a dragon talk without looking cheesie?


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