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The '''Desolation of the Dragon''' (or the '''Desolation of Smaug''')<ref>{{FR|II1}}</ref> was the wasted, unpeopled lands around [[Lonely Mountain|Erebor]] and [[Dale]], charred and blackened by the burning breath of [[Smaug]] the Dragon.<ref>[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], [[Nancy Smith]], "[[Index questions]]"; quoted in {{HM|RC}}, p. 208</ref><ref name=H11>{{H|11}}</ref> The borders of the Desolation harboured a little clinging greenery and life,<ref>{{H|14}}</ref> but its heart was scorched and utterly barren.<ref name=H11/> The desolate lands extended southwards some miles along the banks of the [[River Running]] from Smaug's lair beneath the [[Lonely Mountain]], but the lands to the north of the mountain seem to have suffered even more fiercely, if [[:File:CJRT - Map of Wilderland.jpg|the map accompanying]] ''[[Red Book of Westmarch|There and Back Again]]'' is a reliable record. After Smaug's death, it seems that the Desolation was slowly reclaimed, so that both Erebor and Dale were eventually to recover from their destruction and prosper once again.<ref>{{H|19}}</ref>
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The '''Desolation of the Dragon''' (or the '''Desolation of Smaug''')<ref>{{FR|II1}}</ref> was the wasted, unpeopled lands around [[Lonely Mountain|Erebor]] and [[Dale]], charred and blackened by the burning breath of [[Smaug]] the Dragon.<ref>[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], [[Nancy Smith]], "[[Index questions]]"; quoted in {{HM|RC}}, p. 208</ref><ref name=H11>{{H|11}}</ref> The borders of the Desolation harboured a little clinging greenery and life,<ref>{{H|14}}</ref> but its heart was scorched and utterly barren.<ref name=H11/> The desolate lands extended southwards some miles along the banks of the [[River Running]] from Smaug's lair beneath the [[Lonely Mountain]], but the lands to the north of the mountain seem to have suffered even more fiercely, if [[:File:Christopher Tolkien - Map of Wilderland.jpg|the map accompanying]] ''[[Red Book of Westmarch|There and Back Again]]'' is a reliable record. After Smaug's death, it seems that the Desolation was slowly reclaimed, so that both Erebor and Dale were eventually to recover from their destruction and prosper once again.<ref>{{H|19}}</ref>
  
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Dragon's Desolation by Edward Beard, Jr.

The Desolation of the Dragon (or the Desolation of Smaug)[1] was the wasted, unpeopled lands around Erebor and Dale, charred and blackened by the burning breath of Smaug the Dragon.[2][3] The borders of the Desolation harboured a little clinging greenery and life,[4] but its heart was scorched and utterly barren.[3] The desolate lands extended southwards some miles along the banks of the River Running from Smaug's lair beneath the Lonely Mountain, but the lands to the north of the mountain seem to have suffered even more fiercely, if the map accompanying There and Back Again is a reliable record. After Smaug's death, it seems that the Desolation was slowly reclaimed, so that both Erebor and Dale were eventually to recover from their destruction and prosper once again.[5]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Many Meetings"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Nancy Smith, "Index questions"; quoted in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 208
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "On the Doorstep"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Fire and Water"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Last Stage"