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One of Tauriel's Sermon on the Riverbank graphics came up in my Tumblr feed this morning and it made a very good point: what does Smaug eat? I mean, he's a dragon, and he's massive. He'd be an apex predator, right? So the area surrounding Erebor should be pretty much emptied of game, including humans, if he's an omnivore or carnivore. If he eats trees, like the Draccus from The Kingkiller Chronicles, the area should be deforested, which it clearly isn't.

A lack of a sufficient food source could explain why he stays in the mountain: it means he's expending less energy, possibly spends time in some kind of hibernation, and so needs less food when food sources are scarce. If he eats gold or gems, he'd want to stay close to that food source and again, it's a finite source of food so he'd want to conserve as much energy as possible. He also can't get smelted gold - or at least can't get it easily, dragonfire might be able to melt gold out of the rock that surrounds it? - on his own. Tolkien's dragons aren't natural creatures, they were created by Morgoth, and a good way to keep something that powerful under control is to control its food source. (Like the lysine dependency in Jurassic Park.) Morgoth's gone, Sauron's not in a position to gather or feed dragons even if he could control them, and they're definiely not designed for mining if minerals are their food source.

Or do Tolkien's dragons, like Discworld high dragons, exist on magic? There's a definite feeling of 'the magic goes away' throughout the legendarium, best shown in LotR with the elves departing to the West. Animals in an environment with a limited food source will select for smaller sizes (insular dwarfism) and this would again explain Smaug's lack of activity outside the mountain: he's conserving his energy. He could also be staying close to a food source: there are certainly magical artifacts in his hoard (and the Arkenstone is theorized by some to be a Silmaril) and he's grouped the whole thing together to concentrate that source.

Or am I just really overthinking this?
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Day 3
In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so. See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser-known kinks or tropes. Find fanworks that have few to no comments, or creators new to a particular fandom who maybe aren't well known or appreciated. Appreciate them.

Sought, wrought, and shaped to purpose by Rikku
Fanfic based on Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicle. It's the story, untold in the novels on which it is based, of how protagonist Kvothe met his faen companion Bast. It's a perfect description of their meeting, and the author nailed the tone and voice of the novels.

Catharsis by murderousfiligree
Another fanfic from the Kingkiller Chronicle fandom. Tempi comes from a culture where playing music in pubic is considered obscene, an idea he struggles with (canonically) when traveling with Kvothe, who is a musician among many many other things. This story details Tempi's internal struggle with his desire to hear and learn music, and what he has always been taught about doing so.

I'm So Glad I'm Standing Here Today by karrenia_rune
From Tad Williams' near-fandom-less Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy. (Really. There's, like, four fics out there, which is a crying damn shame.) Simon and Miriamele work on their relationship, and rebuilding the world.

I wanted to find something from The Iron Elves Trilogy by Chris Evans (not the actor) but there seems to be absolutely zero. Look, let me put it this way: I bought the first book on sale because the coffee shop next door to work sells used and discounted books and I like to save the fantasy and SF from a lonely and dusty fate. I wasn't even through the first chapter before I went to the bookstore to buy the next two, and I devoured all three in a weekend. If anyone wants to check it out, or talk about it, or can point me to a fandom, please do let me know.

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Catharsis by murderousfiligree
Categories: Gen, M/M | Rating: Teen
Summary: Kvothe plays his lute. Tempi listens

sought, wrought, and shaped to purpose by Rikku
Category: Gen | Rating: General Audiences
Summary: How Bast met Kvothe.


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