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Dates
Smaug descended on Erebor in III 2770; after the Dragon's death in III 2941, the Desolation was slowly reclaimed
Location
Wasted lands extending outward from Erebor and Dale
Origins
Caused by the rampaging Dragon Smaug
Race
Division
Settlements
Smaug settled within Erebor
Source
The river Running had its source in Erebor and flowed southward through the Desolation
Important peaks
Pronunciation
Smaug is pronounced 'smowg', with 'ow' as in English 'now'
Meaning
Smaug means 'squeezed through a hole'
Other names

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Desolation of Smaug

The blasted domain of the Dragon of Erebor

The blackened and lifeless region that lay around the Lonely Mountain, created by the Dragon Smaug after his capture of the Dwarf-city there. Smaug had spread fire and destruction around the mountain, and no living thing grew within the Desolation. After Smaug was slain and Erebor recovered, Dwarves and Men worked together to repair the Desolation. By the time of the War of the Ring, some eight decades after Smaug's defeat, the Desolation no longer existed, and the town of Dale had been fully rebuilt.


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