Au contrare Ragnoarok. Smaug was, indeed, being very nice to Bilbo to try and trick him into coming nearer so that he could make Bilbo the main course for supper. I tried to get the point across in my previous post that Smaug had to be inherently evil, being a servant of Morgoth or one of the brood of Morgoth's dragons, but was smart enough to realize he couldn't get an invisible thief without using some smarts.
Originally posted by ReadWryt
Actually Grond, Tolkien's take on that is that no creature in Middle-earth was inherantly evil. If you like I can find you the quote from the letters, but the gyst of it is this. Melkor could not create anything out of nothing, he had to have subverted some creature into being his servant...as with Trolls, Orcs and Uruk-hai...or else some being of higher order would have to take form as an evil creature to be an outward manifestation of the evil that they have taken to be, like Balrogs. This was all brought up in a discussion that the professor had with an individual who asked about Orcs and if they have souls. He goes on to imply that were Orcs left to their own devices for a long enough period of time they would probably develop into quite decent creatures, but as Dragons apparently live long and reproduce infrequently I would suspect that the length of time that it would take for them to develop societies and laws and such would be very very long...
The Tolkien beastiary provides some nice information but is another person's opinions about the creatures of Middle-earth and is not always correct; however, in this case, it is correct. As I stated at the top of this page, Ancalagon was the "biggest" dragon ever and being the biggest and the first "winged" dragon as stated in my previous post, he would be the "greatest" dragon. One doesn't need the bestiary to discern Ancalagon. From The Silmarillion, Of the Voyage of Earendil,