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Why did Smaug gather a treasure of gold and other precious objects?
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In The Hobbit, the Dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf are on a mission to rob Smaug. But why did he have so much to steal from? He's a Dragon! He is not the kind of dragon that eats gold and gems. He doesn't need wealth to buy a luxury cavern and/or pay his servant. Why did Smaug gather his treasure?

What relation/link is there between Glaurung and Smaug, if any?
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Is there any relation or link (by blood or legend or anything) between the dragon Glaurung, in The Children of Húrin, and Smaug in The Hobbit?

What happened to the carcass of Smaug after the events of The Hobbit?
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What happened to the carcass of Smaug after the events of The Hobbit?I remember reading that Smaug fell into the flaming ruins of Laketown (and that many tried to dive in later for the riches it may have carried?) - but what then? Was the carcass left there to rot? Could visitors see its bare, huge bones stick out of the water?

What were the other injuries to Weasley family members?
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There are nine main Weasleys in the Harry Potter books. Most of whom got inured in the course of the books.Arthur:Bill:Fred:George:Ron:Ginny:I can't remember if Molly, Charlie, or Percy suffered any significant injures (obviously cuts and bruises from various confrontations). Can anyone quote any major injuries to those three?

Where did Luke train between ESB and RotJ
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In Return of the Jedi Luke displays a greater affinity with the Force and increased skill with the lightsaber, not to mention having learned to build his own. Where did Luke hone his skills between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi? Did he return to Dagobah and train with Yoda, or did he go somewhere else?

How did Smaug know about the treasure within Erebor?
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It is presumed that Smaug hears about the treasure within the Lonely Mountain and decides he will take it, but as the dwarves had been mining there for a long time there must've been a significant time period where the treasure would presumably have been worthy of Smaug's attention but he didn't either know about it or feel willing/able to take it.What was the trigger for Smaug to attack at that p

Possibly a 80s horror comic question
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I remember a particular story in a comic in the UK (could have been a US import though), it regards a couple on a honeymoon cruise on a liner.The ship picks up someone in a lifeboat (or directly from the sea?), but it turns out that this person has some sort of disease that turns the victim into an overgrown monster (bit hulk-like). The disease is passed on by touch, and spreads through the ship l

Is "Smaug" pronounced "Smog"?
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Did Tolkien the linguist intend for the name of the dragon Smaug to be pronounced "Smog" [IPA: /smɒɡ/ or /smɔːɡ/]? The trailer for the second installment of The Hobbit trilogy pronounces the word (pronounced 'sma-ow-g' [IPA: /smaʊɡ/]) entirely differently than the way I have been reading it for all these many years.

In the Star Trek Episode "The Alternative Factor", why did Lazarus have to be locked in the corridor between universes?
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Wikipedia article on the episode. It is clear to me that the Lazarus from the normal universe wanted to meet the Lazarus from the anti-matter universe, and if that would happen both universes would be destroyed. The good Lazarus (from the anti-matter universe) asked Kirk to help him trap Lazarus in the corridor with him. Under what circumstances would both universes be obliterated? Is it if both L

Are there spells for learning things in Potterverse?
Science Fiction
There are clearly spells for manipulating memory.Some, can give you new implanted memory (e.g. Hermione giving her parents new life with no daughter, when she Witness-Protection-Style moved them away during the Trio's search for Horcruxes).If so, why does there seem to be no spell to teach people useful stuff? E.g. "eat this magical tablet and know all about Goblin Rebellions"... "cast this charm

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