Yes.Did Smaug the Golden serve Sauron?
Something as powerful as a dragon would not have obeyed Sauron if he did not already serve him, or owe allegiance to him.Unfinished Tales, The Quest of Erebor: The Dragon Sauron might use with terrible effect.
Indeed.But a (un)happy coincidence of Smaug actions and Saurons malevolent will, doesnt prove that Smaug served Sauron. That implies some sense of command and control from Sauron.
1. Smaug never worked for Sauron. He never did anything that assisted Sauron in any way. If Sauron had managed to lure Smaug into ravashing Lorien and Rivendell by means of promising bounty, it would have meant that he unwittingly served Sauron. But he didn't- Bard killed him off before Smaug could serve Sauron in that way.www.dictionary.com
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Notice that Smaug kills what he wishes, rather than what Sauron wishes?The Hobbit
"Revenge!" he [Smaug] snorted, and the light of his eyes lit the the hall from floor to ceiling like scarlet lightning. "Revenge! The King under the Mountain is dead and where are hi kin that dare seek revenge? Girion Lord of Dale is dead, and I have eaten his people like a wolf among sheep, and where are his sons' sons that dare approach me? I kill where I wish and none dare resist. 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. Thief in the Shadows!" he gloated. "My armour is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my breath death!"
This shows very clearly that Sauron did not simply 'inherit' an horde of willing slaves when Morgoth departed. Although dragons are not mentioned in this passage, I see no reason why they do not fit this picture. If anything, dragons seem more independent than orcs, by virtue of their greater power and therefore greater freedom of action.Morgoths Ring, Myths Transformed
It will be seen that the wills of Orcs and Balrogs, etc are part of Morgoth's power 'dispersed'. Their spirit is one of hate. But hate is uncooperative (except under direct fear). Hence rebellions, mutinies etc. when Morgoth seems far off. Orcs are beasts and Balrogs are corrupted Maiar. Also (n.b) Morgoth not Sauron is the source of Orc-wills. Orcs can rebel against him without losing their irredeemable allegiance to evil Morgoth
Aule serving someone can be done indirectly. Smaug served Sauron a great favor and indirectly it gave him a great gift. That gift is one of the seven dwarven rings owned by Durin’s folk.
This shows Gandalf meeting with Thrain inside Sauron’s dungeons in Dol Guldur. This shows that because of Smaug's attack on the mountain caused the ring to leave the safety of the mountain and which ultimately caused Thrain to be captured and Sauron getting the final dwarf ring he desired.Therefore Smaug served Sauron indirectly but still served him none the less.Unfinished Tales
"But I had not thought of them for years. It was not until I got to the Shire and had time to reflect on Thorin's tale that I suddenly remembered the strange chance that had put them in my hands; and it began now to look less like chance. I remembered a dangerous journey of mine, ninety-one years before, when I had entered Dol Guldur in disguise, and had found there an unhappy Dwarf dying in the pits. I had no idea who he was. He had a map that had belonged to Durin's folk in Moria and a key that seemed to go with it, though he was too far gone to explain it. And he said that he had possessed a great Ring.
Hmph. I beg to differ. Not only was he directed by Sauron, but he was guilty by association.Originally posted by snagaThe point is, and it is crucial to the debate, that Smaug did not either work for, or take orders from Sauron. There is no evidence of any kind of alliance or association between them. Smaug served only himself.
Take this quote also with Smaug's boast: "I laid low the warriors of old..." (The Hobbit, Inside Information)...Morgoth was ready, and he loosed upon Gondolin his Balrogs, and his Orcs, and his wolves; and with them came dragons of the brood of Glaurung, and they were become many and terrible. (The Silmarillion, Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin)
[emphasis added]Unfinished Tales, Quest of Erebor, 'Extracts from the earlier version'
"One moment," I [ie Gandalf] said. "You hope to deal with a dragon and he is not only very great, but he is also now also old and very cunning. From the beginning of your adventure you must allow for this: his memory and his sense of smell.
He was referring to the warriors who were present when he descended on Erebor, as Snaga already pointed out. He also mentions that he was 'young and tender' when he attacked Erebor, putting the theory that he was present in the War of the Jewels in serious doubt.The Hobbit: Inside Information
"Revenge!" he snorted, and the light of his eyes lit the the hall from floor to ceiling like scarlet lightning. "Revenge! The King under the Mountain is dead and where are his kin that dare seek revenge? Girion Lord of Dale is dead, and I have eaten his people like a wolf among sheep, and where are his sons' sons that dare approach me? I kill where I wish and none dare resist. 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. Thief in the Shadows!" he gloated. "My armour is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my breath death!"