Take the 2-minute tour ×
Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Do the Dragons of Tolkien's works die a natural death, or are they like the elves and can only be killed in battle?

share|improve this question
add comment

1 Answer 1

Thorin's speech at the beginning of The Hobbit suggests that it might be possible for dragons to die a natural death:

"Dragons steal gold and jewels, you know, from men and elves and dwarves, wherever they can find them; and they guard their plunder for as long as they live (which is practically for ever, unless they are killed)..."

On the other hand, that could just mean that it's possible so far as Thorin knows. Tolkien never actually writes about a dragon who dies of old age. Certainly Smaug's boasting suggests that dragons get stronger as they age:

I laid low the warriors of old and their like is not in the world today. Then I was but young and tender. Now I am old and strong, strong, strong!

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.