Re: Who would win, Smaug or a Balrog
Unfortunately I don't share the sentiments of the dragon-lovers of the forum. What's even more peculiar is that this thread is five years old!
First it is necessary to look at the origins of Dragons and Balrogs and their respective ancestries (or lack thereof).
The Silmarillion: Valaquenta - Of the Enemies
For of the Maiar many were drawn to his splendour in the days of his greatness, and remained in that allegiance down into his darkness; and others he corrupted afterwards to his service with lies and treacherous gifts. Dreadful among these spirits were the Valaraukar, the scourges of fire that in Middle-earth were called the Balrogs, demons of terror.
Tolkien never once referred to the dragons (to my knowledge) as being any of the Ainur, it is therefore safe to assume that the Balrogs, as Maia, were the greater of the two. The above quote is the first mention of any Dragon in The Silmarillion.
The Silmarillion: Of the Return of the Noldor
...Glaurung, the first of the Urulóki, the fire-drakes of the North, issued from Angband's gates by night.
Let's have a look at the resumés of the greatest of each of the two species nevertheless:
- Slew Fëanor, greatest of the Noldor, at Dor Daedeloth.
- Slew Fingon the Valiant the High King of the Noldor on the plains of Anfauglith.
- Dragged Húrin into Angband after the defeat in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad.
- Slew Ecthelion and was finally slain in The Fall of Gondolin.
- Glaurung, scarce half-grown and got his a** handed to him by Fingon with his group of Elvish archers.
- Slew Noldor and Men and crushed the hill-forts of the Noldor at Ard-galen with the help of balrogs.
- Overcame Maehdros' defence at the great fortress at the Hill of Himring which closed the Pass of Aglon preventing entrance into Beleriand and subsequently destroyed all the lands between the arms of Gelion.
- Wounded by Azaghâl of the Naugrim (Dwarves), Lord of Belegost in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad but nonetheless killed him.
- Defiled the Eithel Irvin and burned the Talath Dirnen aka the Guarded Plain between Narog and Teiglin.
- Overcome Nargothrond, the fortress of Finrod Felagund. He then cast a hypnotic spell upon Túrin and subsequently got his eyes stabbed out.
- Temporarily blinded Mablung, chief captain of Thingol.
- Laid a spell of darkness and forgetfulness on Nienor, who subsequently married her brother Túrin and consequently committed suicide.
- Slain by Túrin at Cabed-en-Aras.
All Glaurung was really good for was storming fortresses, he was a battering-ram; nothing more. Gothmog slew three of the greatest of the Eldar. If I was taking the interview, it seems to me that Gothmog and thus the balrogs would get the job.
One argument that I would put forward is that Smaug it seems, according to contemplations of JRRT, would have been recruited into the services of Sauron:
It may, IMO, have been a little more difficult for Sauron to seduce a Balrog into his service, as they are spiritual equals, despite Sauron having the greater power.
Unfinished Tales - The Quest of Erebor
The Dragon Sauron might use with terrible effect.
Smaug was defeated and slain by King Bard of the line of Girion in The Hobbit, whereas the Balrog encountered in Moria slew and was slain by Gandalf, a Maia or angelic being.
Smaug, aka the Worm of Dread would be sent back to Erebor with his tail between his scales after being severely whipped by the Balrog who would follow him there and then open a baitshop for passing tourists on their way to the Long Lake to charter a fishing boat from the Men at Esgaroth.
"Durin's Bane's Baitshop: Best Bait this side of the Misty Mountains!"
"Except it be for this one voice only that I cried, standing among them, Concerning the resurrection of the dead am I judged this day by you." - Acts 24:21.
"He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail." - 1 Samuel 2:9.