Tolkien’s death of Smaug: American inspiration revealed

As well as its familiar roots in Icelandic mythology, this Middle-earth story also has some surprising transatlantic sources

The dragon soars overhead, its underside armoured with gems from its hoard. The bowman has one arrow left. Then a bird flutters to his ear and whispers the monster’s sole vulnerability – a bare patch at its breast. The last arrow strikes home. Exit Smaug the Magnificent.

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