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A Seer from Enedwaith who's been searching for her place in the unsympathetic world. It leads her to becoming the songbird and later soulmate of Smaug the Golden.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: Kathryn is afraid of her powers and what damage she might do to others and herself, especially after she unintentionally kills a Knight of Gondor.
    Smaug: You do not wish to further your abilities?
    Kathryn: Of course I don't! Smaug, I can barely control myself as it is, I don't even know what half my powers imply… I have never wanted them! To add more to that power… I couldn't… I don't even want to think about it! I once killed a man because I couldn't control myself with what I have now. My powers have come close to killing me already, they've hurt me on several occasions, I… I don't want to live in fear of myself. I just want to feel safe.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: You can't get much badder than Smaug "the Chiefest and Greatest of Calamities", although admittedly it's not so much the fact he's bad as the fact he's one of the only people who understands and accepts her completely. He's also so dangerous few people would dare try to hurt her as long as she's with him, which is appealing seeing as she's spent most of her life being hurt and victimised one way or another.
  • All the Other Reindeer: The superstitious common folk has scorned Kathryn, accusing her of being a witch and a bad omen.
  • Back from the Dead: Kathryn dies at the end of Heart of Fire when she tries to heal Smaug's fatal wound with her Raw Magic and overexerts herself. She's resurrected in the first chapter of Heart of Ashes by Fankil who needs her alive for his agenda.
  • Beast and Beauty: The Beauty to Smaug's Beast.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Even though Smaug actually held her captive, she comes to care for and eventually love him because he's the first person she met who didn't fear or despise her for her abilities, helped and supported her and fully accepted her. He also saved her life when she had a vision that almost killed her. Compared to the way she had been treated by most of her own kind, Smaug comes off as positively decent.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Kathryn's had a fair share of torment even before she was acquainted with Smaug and pulled into Middle-Earth's conflict against dark forces. When she had her first vision as a child, her misguided parents controlled her in an abusive way to keep her from being killed by superstitious villagers. After enduring this for ten years, Kathryn run away from home at the age of sixteen and never returned. She then wandered the Middle-Earth, unable to stay anywhere for long because people would shun her or try either to kill or exploit her due to her visions. When she was nineteen, she tried to settle in Dale's ruined city, only to be soon caught by Smaug as his songbird.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: She regularly experiences visions in her dreams, some of which show future events.
  • Eye Color Change: Kathryn was born with her father's golden brown eyes, but when she had her first vision at the age of six, the magic of clairvoyance turned her eyes to purple. When she dies while trying to save Smaug from death, her eyes gain the color of molten gold. They remain so upon her resurrection because her link to Raw Magic is damaged. Once Smaug restores the link, she regains her purple eyes.
  • Fainting Seer: Her visions and dreams are often accompanied by painful seizures and collapsing. They are so intense and painful she initially takes herbs to suppress them and ties herself up when she sleeps so as not to hurt herself by mistake. One vision gives her such terrible seizures it nearly kills her until Smaug intervenes.
  • Fiery Redhead: Averted for the most part. Kathryn's hair is fiery ruby red, but aside from a few Berserk Buttons, she's overall a sensible character.
  • Homeless Hero: She was this after she ran away from home, unable to settle anywhere because of her visions and people who'd either ostracize or exploit her. Eventually she tried to settle in the abandoned city of Dale, only to soon become Smaug's songbird.
  • Hot Witch: Though she's a Seer instead of a witch, she has magical powers and remains attractive through her life of more than a century thanks to Smaug's magic.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Tiny Girl to Smaug's Huge Guy, whatever he's a gigantic dragon or a seven feet tall man.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Smaug, a dragon (although he can also take on a human form, Kathryn still thinks of him as being a dragon more often than not).
  • Is That a Threat?: She gets to both deliver and receive this line during her last conversation with Lord Beronor.
    Lord Beronor: Do not stand in my way, witch… life will become very unpleasant for you if you do.
    Kathryn: Is that a threat?
    Lord Beronor: No, that was truth. A threat would be if I proposed something I had a chance of completing; when I say truth, I mean it with utter certainty.
    Kathryn: Do you believe me to be a little puppet for you to pull the strings?! Do you think that because I am a woman, I am feeble! I too can command the winds sir! I have a hurricane in me so great it will strip the leaves of your Noble House bare if you dare to try me!
    Lord Beronor: You dare to threaten me?!
    Kathryn: I do!
  • MacGuffin Super Person: She's thought invaluable by factions who know her to be a Seer. Even Smaug initially takes interest in her because of this and her heavenly singing voice before he develops feelings for her. However, the most serious threat to Kathryn is Fankil because he wants to use her Raw Magic in locating the Door of Night and releasing his father Morgoth.
  • Mama Bear: For her twins Kolstros and Vervenia.
    Kathryn: Never. Insult. My children.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: With Smaug. When they first meet, she's nineteen, while he's well over a hundred years old.
  • Mindlink Mates: She and Smaug are psychically connected through their dreams and can also sense when the other is in pain or distress. Unusually, they actually establish this connection before realizing they're in love.
  • Morality Chain: A downplayed one to Smaug. He generally does whatever he wants, but there a few occasions when Kathryn is able to reason with him, or where he'll restrain himself from doing something that would upset her.
  • Morality Pet: To Smaug. She seems to be the one person in the world he cares about and shows kindness and empathy towards.
  • Older Than They Look: As a result of Smaug's magic, she still looks to be in her early twenties when she's chronologically around eighty years old. By the time of Heart of the Inferno, she's about one hundred and forty years old, yet still doesn't show much signs of aging.
  • Purple Eyes: Ever since she had her first vision, her eyes have been purple because of the Raw Magic coursing through her.
  • Randomly Gifted: Both her parents were seemingly ordinary humansnote  and Kathryn herself appeared to be a normal girl until she experienced her first vision as a child of six.
  • The Runaway: When she was fifteen or sixteen years old, Kathryn run away from home and never returned after enduring ten years of her parents' misguided methods of controlling her visions.
  • Seer: She is literally called a Seer on account of her ability to experience visions of past, future and faraway events (which also come to her in dreams).
  • Took a Level in Badass: Once she starts getting better control of her powers.
  • Weredragon: In Heart of Fire, Kathryn briefly turns into a dragon (with Smaug's assistance through their bond) so that she can repel Bolg's orcs. In Heart of Ashes, she shifts two times of her own accord, first when she's furious with Smaug over Freyja's murder, and secondly to battle against Fankil.

One of the last great Fire-Drakes and Erebor's conqueror. He adds Kathryn to his hoard due to her beautiful singing, but his fate becomes gradually interweaved with the Seer he comes to love.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Only a downplayed example, for Smaug is much the same as in canon, displaying humane caring only toward Kathryn and their twins. However, while the movie trilogy's Smaug insinuates that he'd gladly join Sauron For the Evulz, the Smaug of this fic series isn't interested about serving the Dark Lord, wanting primarily to be left alone with his treasure and Kathryn.
  • Beast and Beauty: The Beast to Kathryn's Beauty.
  • Body Horror: In Heart of Ashes, Smaug's human body gradually starts turning draconic when he has thoughts related to greed and bloodlust. He eventually turns into a grotesque half-man/half-dragon trapped in a state of animalistic wildness, with his body futilely trying to complete the transformation into a dragon. Kathryn fixes this by lending Smaug her magic through their bond, helping his body to fully restore itself.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In Heart of Ashes, Smaug becomes even more aggressive than he already was when he allows Sauron's taint to take root in his heart. Bilbo notes this from his first encounter with Smaug when the dragon's rage wasn't so uncontrolled.
  • Brought Down to Badass: While stuck in his human form, Smaug is superior to ordinary humans both in physical abilities and senses. He can also use his Dragon-spell along with other magic.
  • Byronic Hero: Smaug is arrogant, greedy, and bloodthirsty, and he will do anything he desires. While he comes to really love Kathryn, he doesn't easily comply to her wants, and he has a lot of problems with changing himself for her. He's also highly intelligent and knowledgeable. The human form he gains would be considered handsome if not for the cruel lines he has around the mouth as if from a lifetime of looking down on people unworthy of him.
  • Bystander Syndrome: In the beginning of Heart of the Inferno, Smaug thinks the War of the Ring is not his or Kathryn's problem. After Sauron makes the mistake of mentally assaulting Kathryn just as her labour begins, Smaug swears to destroy the Dark Lord.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He's extremely possessive of Kathryn, as all dragons are over their treasures. He can barely tolerate any male touching Kathryn.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Smaug's love for Kathryn and their twins is practically his only redeeming quality.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • When Kathryn finds the Arkenstone, Smaug puts a stop to its corruption of her by burying it deep in the gold and making her swear not to seek it out.
    • When Andraya reveals that she wants Smaug to impregnate the fourteen-year-old Freyja with a powerful offspring, he's repulsed with the idea of laying with a not yet mature girl. He establishes that he wouldn't copulate with a dragon not of age (younger than fifty years) either.
  • Evil vs. Evil: He ends up at loggerheads against Sauron, Fankil, Andraya, and Durin's Bane.
  • Eyes of Gold: He has golden eyes, which he retains in his human form, clearly marking him as being no ordinary man.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: After Smaug has first made love with Kathryn in Heart of Ashes, he's forced to defend himself against four soldiers who believe him to have murdered King Wilhelm. He kills them in a Curb-Stomp Battle while being stark naked in his human form.
  • Heroic BSoD: Well, Anti-Heroic BSOD. After he sends Kathryn away in Heart of Fire, he has a complete breakdown, going on a rampage around the countryside and smashing pillars, before sealing himself inside Erebor and sleeping for sixty years until Bilbo turns up.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Huge Guy to Kathryn's Tiny Girl. Whatever a gigantic dragon or a seven feet tall man, he dwarfs her.
  • Humanity Ensues: At the end of Heart of Fire, Smaug is turned into a human thanks to Kathryn's magic. He's in Heart of Ashes outraged at having to get by in the body of a human, a species he has looked down upon all his life. He eventually learns to magically change between his true dragon form and the human form.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: His Dragon-spell. It's accessible to him in his human form as well.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Kathryn, a human (although he can also take on a human form, although even then he thinks of himself as a dragon more than anything).
  • Kick the Dog: Being who he is, Smaug has done and does a lot of unsavory things, but the one that sticks out is the murder of Freyja.
  • Lack of Empathy: During the beginning of her captivity in Smaug's lair, Kathryn realizes Smaug isn't concerned about anything that doesn't directly affect him, so she has to convince him to give her more bearable living conditions so that he can listen to her singing at its best. Even after he warms up to her, he remains unremorseful about anything bad he causes to others.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: As bloodthirsty, greedy and selfish as Smaug is, he's not interested in serving purely evil entities like Sauron or Morgoth. Lampshaded by Gandalf in the first chapter of Heart of the Inferno.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's this both as a dragon and as a human.
  • Lima Syndrome: Towards Kathryn. Initially, he's only interested in her for her singing abilities, but gradually he comes to care for her and eventually falls in love with her, to the point where he willingly lets her leave him so she can live freely. He does expect she will return eventually, but there's no guarantee she will. The separation utterly devastates him and he actually goes to a lot of effort to ensure he won't follow her.
  • Morphic Resonance: Smaug is in his human form rather large, and he retains his eye color and the scar inflicted by the Black Arrow. Kathryn is also able to spot in his face subtle resemblances to his draconic face.
  • Neck Lift: His first act as a human is to inflict this on Andraya.
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: Galadriel gets Smaug to help her Elves against the Orcs of Dol Guldur by suggesting that the dragon-dread is too cowardly to stand against Sauron.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Though Smaug eventually agrees to ally with the Free Peoples against Sauron, he does that only to destroy Sauron and Fankil for what they've done to him and Kathryn, get rid of Sauron's taint inside him, and retake Erebor as his reward for helping the Free Peoples win the war.
  • Related in the Adaptation: He's a descendant of Ancalagon the Black, the largest dragon to have ever existed. The source materials didn't refer to them being related.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When the Company try to kill him and take back Erebor and he learns they have Kathryn locked up nearby, he lays waste to Lake-town in retaliation.
  • Scars Are Forever: After Smaug's been saved from the fatal injury caused by Bard's Black Arrow, the scaleless spot is covered by a long and twisted black scar. The scar's present in his human form as well.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: He's particularly afflicted with Pride, Wrath and Greed, though he gets a case of Envy too when he falls for Kathryn.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Thanks to external magical aid, this Smaug is around when the War of the Ring takes place.
  • Sue Donym: He makes up an alias for his human form this way, but not with his own name. Instead, he takes the name of his ancestor Ancalagon and turns it into Cail Agonn.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Smaug's human form is seven feet tall, dark-haired, and physiqued like a warrior. He would be considered handsome if not for the cruel lines around his mouth and his condescending personality. He can be at times Tall, Dark, and Snarky as well.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: Smaug's human form has high cheekbones, and he's a Villain Protagonist.
  • Villain Protagonist: Smaug's the main character along with Kathryn, but he's even at the best of times a Nominal Hero.
  • Weredragon: Becomes one after he learns to shift between his true form and the human form. According to Gandalf, no other dragon has had this ability. It's magically more taxing to shift from a man into a dragon than the other way around. His twins inherit this ability, but they're able to do so more effortlessly thanks to being connected to Raw Magic like their mother.
  • You Sexy Beast: Smaug the dragon is the Love Interest of Kathryn, a human woman. Although it should be noted that neither of them really thinks of the other in more sexual terms until Smaug learns how to shapeshift into a human form; previously, they'd also had sexually charged dreams about each other, but Kathryn always imagined him as a human and Smaug saw her as a dragon like himself.

Friends and Allies

A wizard and a member of the Istari. The trilogy begins with him meeting Kathryn to hear her story about how she met Smaug.
  • Berserk Button: Smaug calling him a magician riles the Grey Wizard to retort that he's not a "conjurer of cheap tricks".
  • It's All My Fault: In Heart of Ashes, he feels that he caused Lake-town's destruction and the Battle of the Five Armies by starting Thorin Oakenshield's quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain. Before learning that Kathryn and Smaug are both alive, he also holds himself responsible over Kathryn's "death" and is sorry that he was unable to keep the promise he gave her about keeping Smaug alive.

The Elf Lord of Rivendell. He briefly shelters Kathryn after Smaug allows her to leave Erebor and develops fatherly affection toward her.
  • Like a Daughter to Me: Elrond is fond of Kathryn in a fatherly way.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Heart of Ashes establishes that Elrond felt Kathryn's death.
  • Papa Wolf: He tells Gandalf that if the quest of Thorin Oakenshield's Company — which the Grey Wizard started — will lead to anything happening to Kathryn, the Elf Lord will hold Gandalf responsible.

Andraya's timid daughter.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Along with Andraya, Freyja first appears when Kathryn helps them against Orcs on her way back to the Lonely Mountain. They return for the epilogue and become prominent characters in Heart of Ashes.
  • Cowardly Lion: Though Freyja is a scaredy-cat, she knows how to handle a crossbow. She uses it to kill a Warg in Heart of Fire and try to threaten Smaug into releasing her mother in Heart of Ashes. She later insists on accompanying Faervel to rescue Kathryn from Smaug, despite her obvious fear of the dragon and her mother's wrath. It tragically costs her her life.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: Poor girl is given a quick death in the jaws of Smaug who then drops her body instead of eating it.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: The only family resemblance between Freyja and her mother are the ice blue eyes.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Freyja's hair is golden like sunshine, and she doesn't have her mother's black heart.
  • Hates Being Touched: Receiving comforting hugs is odd to Freyja, in no small part thanks to her mother's misandristic teachings.
  • Kill the Cutie: Freyja is unceremoniously bitten into a pulpy mess by Smaug who promised Andraya that he'd kill them both if he ever saw them again.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: Freyja does not have her witch mother's magical abilities, even though Andraya stored magic into Freyja during her babyhood.
  • Shrinking Violet: She's a timid girl.

An Elf historian from Rivendell who travels around Middle-Earth to construct the history of all the free peoples collectively and without cultural biases. He first meets Kathryn in Mirkwood on her way to east and later re-encounters her in Vathvael. By the time of Heart of the Inferno, he has become Rivendell's ambassador for Esgaroth's all peoples.
  • Ambadassador: In Heart of the Inferno, Faervel is an ambassador, and he successfully convinces Smaug to accept King Brand's way of handling things between the dragon, Kathryn and Esgaroth's people.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: In his first appearance in Heart of the Inferno, he gives Smaug one.
    Faervel: There is one thing, Smaug, that you have not accounted for…
    Smaug: And what is that?
    Faervel: You owe me a debt.
  • Brainy Brunette: His hair is mahogany brown, and he's a traveling scholar.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • In Heart of Fire, he appears only in the 17th chapter, parting ways with Kathryn after he has guided her through Mirkwood. He surprisingly returns in the 6th chapter of Heart of Ashes.
    • Though he appears in the epilogue of Heart of Ashes, he doesn't return until the 15th chapter of Heart of the Inferno.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: He has a square jaw that gives him a devilishly handsome look.
  • Nice Guy: Faervel is charming and polite without being condescending. He helps and emotionally supports Kathryn as well as Freyja while asking little in return.
  • You Owe Me: In Heart of Ashes, Smaug promises Faervel, Gandalf and Queen Lalemwen each a favour in exchange for releasing him from the Chain of Celebrimbor. In Heart of the Inferno, Faervel calls on his favour to convince Smaug to accept King Brand's condition that he'll get Kathryn back once he returns from his mission in the north and leaves without harming anyone in Esgaroth's area.

    Queen Lalemwen 
The Queen of Dorwinion and King Wilhelm's wife.
  • Honor Before Reason: She's proven not to be an advocate of this trope when she refuses to risk her people for petty pride with the threat of Smaug in the air.
    Lord Beronor: Your Majesty! We cannot go to others and beg for help! The words of Dorwinion have always been 'Strong and sure'.
    Queen Lalemwen: I do not give a damn about words when my people are in danger! If that dragon returns, I want us to live long enough to say that we swallowed our pride to survive so that we might have any pride with which to speak of.
  • Kissing Cousins: Downplayed; Lalemwen and Wilhelm are distant cousins.
  • Nice Girl: She's one of the few people in Vathvael's court who really cares about Kathryn and her feelings. She also puts her people's safety before their pride.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: When she asserts her authority to Lords Beronor and Gregorse.
    Lord Beronor: Your Majesty, please listen to us when we say —
    Queen Lalemwen: I am the Queen. You. Listen. To Me!
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: She refuses to listen to Lord Beronor's nonsense about Dorwinion refusing to ask for others' help. See the Punctuated! For! Emphasis! example above.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Being gentle and pregnant won't stop her from asserting herself when she has to.
  • Widow's Weeds: She wears black clothes after her husband is murdered by Andraya.


Kolstros and Vernenia

The twins of Smaug and Kathryn who are born during Heart of the Inferno.

  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The more daring Vervenia is the Red Oni, while the more cautious Kolstros is the Blue Oni.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Smaug thinks that the deep iron grey (or nearly black) Kolstros resembles in a certain light Ancalagon, Smaug's own great-great-grandfather.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: They both have their father's bright flame-like eyes.
  • Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born: They are born in the 9th chapter while Smaug assists Lothlórien's Elves against the Orcs of Dol Guldur.
  • Weredragon: They are born as human babes, but they first shift themselves into dragons only one week after their birth. Gandalf says they're the first dragons to born with this ability, and Galadriel theorizes they can shift with less effort than their father because they're connected to Raw Magic like their mother.



A half-demon and the trilogy's primary antagonist along with Sauron. A former lieutenant and son of the first Dark Lord Morgoth, he aspires to free the Dark God from the void, and he intends to do so by using Kathryn's powers as a Seer.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Kathryn. While the Seer gains the attention of many factions due to her powers, Fankil's reasons to target her out (releasing Morgoth to take over the world) put her (and the rest of the world) in the gravest danger.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: He and Sauron are the most prominent antagonists of the trilogy due to their respective interests regarding Smaug and Kathryn. In Heart of the Inferno, they have some sort of a consensus even though they pursue their own goals separately.
  • Black Cloak: Wears a dark hooded cloak.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: He has black eyes that can somehow shine under his hood.
  • Canon Foreigner: The character of Fankil comes from The Book of Lost Tales that Christopher Tolkien composed from his father's source materials. Also known as Fangli or Fúkil, he acted as the lieutenant of Melko (Morgoth) as well as his child.
  • Creepy Long Fingers: A lot of attention is given to Fankil's fingers that remind various characters of the legs of an insect/spider.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: After he disappears in the first chapter of Heart of Ashes, he's revealed to have been all along the physician brought in by Lord Beronor to treat Kathryn.
  • Evil Cripple: Fankil walks with a limp as if his leg's being affected by an old wound. This doesn't prevent him from fighting with feline agility, though. At the end of Heart of Ashes, one of his arms is dislocated, and it's still in that condition sixty years later.
  • Evil Smells Bad: He has a signature scent of dust and ash combined with perfume sweetness so strong it's nauseous.
  • Evil Sorcerer: A demon whose dark magic is powerful.
  • Foil: To Sauron. Both are ancient evil entities and former lieutenants of Morgoth, but while Sauron has lost his physical form and commands vast evil forces to conquer Middle-Earth for himself, Fankil has a physical form and works by himself to free his father Morgoth from the void. While Sauron, Morgoth's second-in-command, took the title of the Dark Lord for himself after Morgoth was cast into the void, Fankil views his father Morgoth as the true Dark Lord for whom the world truly belongs to.
  • Handicapped Badass: Fankil doesn't seem to be faking the limp he walks with, but when he has to, he can fight with speed and agility.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Until the end of Heart of Ashes, Fankil's name, essence and motivations are a huge mystery.
  • In a Single Bound: He can jump surprisingly high.
  • In the Hood: He wears a hood both before and after his identity is revealed.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: When Fankil's discovered with the freshly resurrected and screaming Kathryn by a merchant caravan in the first chapter of Heart of Ashes, he knows himself to be too weakened to take on the men and escapes.
  • Lean and Mean: He's rather skinny, looking nearly malnourished.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He has strength, speed and toughness enough to take on Smaug.
  • No Cure for Evil: Fankil doesn't seem to have self-healing powers, as his arm remains dislocated after it's been sixty years since the events of Heart of Ashes. This is ironic since he poses as a physician for a good deal of Heart of Ashes.
  • Our Demons Are Different: He's basically a black-eyed and long-fingered man who seems to suffer from malnutrition, and he's the son of Morgoth.
  • Palm Bloodletting: He slices his palm open to use his blood in a ritual, and no less than two times in Heart of Ashes. The first time is in the first chapter when he resurrects Kathryn, and the second time occurs during the climax when he attempts to locate the Door of Night through Kathryn's vision.
  • Pretender Diss: He regards Sauron as a pretender Dark Lord who cannot match the power of Morgoth.
  • Stronger Than They Look: He's tougher and stronger than he looks for such a frail-looking creature.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He enters one with Sauron in Heart of the Inferno. They already had this relationship in the First Age when they both served Morgoth and fought over the right-hand position.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: He's defeated and seemingly destroyed at the end of Heart of Ashes, but he merely goes into hiding to lick his wounds until Heart of the Inferno.
  • Villain Has a Point: During the final fight of Heart of Ashes, Fankil gives Smaug an insightful retort before he uses Sauron's taint contained within Smaug against him.
    Smaug: You cannot defeat me! My strength is greater that your parlour tricks!
    Fankil: Did you not know, Dragon?! You cannot defeat the darkness outside, without first defeating it within yourself!
  • Wham Line: The last part of his answer to Kathryn's question why he wants to release Morgoth.
    Fankil: Because he is the true dark lord, and my master. Sauron can pretend all he wishes, but the true power lies with our master, the Dark God himself; he will bring about the end of days and we his followers shall earn a place at his side. And as my father… [grins sickly] I owe to him my allegiance.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: His limping leg and dislocated arm. See the Evil Cripple section above.

A corrupted Maia and the current Dark Lord. In addition to pursuing his canon goals, he attempts to make Smaug his beast of war and has some interest in possessing Kathryn, one of the last Seers.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: He and Fankil are the most prominent antagonists of the trilogy due to their respective interests regarding Smaug and Kathryn. In Heart of the Inferno, they have some sort of a consensus even though they pursue their own goals separately.
  • Dragon Ascendant: He took the title of the Dark Lord for himself after his master Morgoth was cast into the void. Fankil regards him as a mere wannabe.
  • I Have Your Wife: After Smaug turns him down in Heart of Fire, Sauron tries to have Kathryn captured in order to make the dragon more compliant.
  • I Want Them Alive: He assigns Bolg to bring Kathryn alive back to him to pressure Smaug to join the Dark Lord's cause.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In Heart of the Inferno, Sauron mentally assaults Kathryn just as her labour begins. This helps to convince Smaug to take the Free Peoples' side against the Dark Lord.
  • Real After All: In Heart of Fire, Kathryn has a vision of the War of the Last Alliance, and the vision's version of Sauron seems to be aware of her presence. Smaug is able to convince her that it wasn't real. Unfortunately, it's revealed sixty years later that Sauron himself was summoned to this vision, even if he was bound by its rules. It was through this incident that he became aware of Kathryn's existence and her status as a Seer.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: His partnership with Fankil is strained. Even during the First Age they were at each other's throats over the right-hand position of Morgoth.

A witch from Dol Amroth and Freyja's mother. She wakes Smaug after he's turned into a human and attempts to bargain with him in order to gain through him and Freyja a powerful grandchild as a means of getting a better future. Things don't go quite according to her plans, though.
  • Abusive Parents: When Freyja expresses reluctance about laying with Smaug, Andraya slaps the girl, acts like Freyja made her do it and goes on to reciting her misandristic teachings about staying strong against men.
  • Asshole Victim: Andraya ends up being killed in a cruel manner by Smaug shortly after she lures Kathryn into Fankil's clutches in the name of Revenge by Proxy.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Along with Freyja, Andraya first appears when Kathryn helps them against Orcs on her way back to the Lonely Mountain. They return for the epilogue and become prominent characters in Heart of Ashes.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Andraya is mauled and swallowed whole by Smaug before being scorched by the fire in his stomach.
  • Deal with the Devil: At the climax of Heart of Ashes, Andraya lures Kathryn into Fankil's clutches to gain from the demon the spells necessary to resurrect Freyja as well as to get even with Smaug.
  • Does Not Like Men: Andraya has extremely misandristic opinions, believing that all men are inherently evil and exploit women sexually as well as deprive them of happiness.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While ruthless and oppressive of her daughter, Andraya's schemes are to provide a better life for her and Freyja. Freyja's death by Smaug's teeth saddens and angers Andraya into handing Kathryn to Fankil, both to get back at Freyja's killer and gain from the demon a resurrection spell to get Freyja back.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Kathryn. Kathryn is a Seer who's accused to be a witch by the ignorant, while Andraya is an actual witch. They both have endured a hard life, but unlike Andraya, Kathryn hasn't turned manipulative or ruthless because of it. Kathryn fears what damage she might cause with her Seer powers and isn't looking forward to making herself more powerful. Andraya in turn seeks to gain a magically powerful grandchild whom to use in asserting her freedom over men, forcing her reluctant daughter to go along with her plan.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: The only family resemblance between Andraya and her daughter are the ice blue eyes.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She's capable of acting civilly, but she's still a ruthless and scheming witch capable of resorting to Revenge by Proxy.
  • Fireballs: She conjures these to use in fights.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's implied that Andraya's misandristic opinions stem from suffering related to the opposite sex.
    Andraya: Men have taken everything from me! They took my home, my freedom, my dignity, my pride! And then this serpent took my daughter! I have carved my way in this world with power, the only thing that is truly mine!
  • Hot Witch: She's noted to be attractive in a mature woman's way.
  • I'm Having Soul Pains: When Smaug kills Freyja, Andraya feels like something unreplaceable has been torn from her chest and realizes what has happened.
  • I Want Grandkids: She plots for Smaug to give Freyja a child, believing that the old magic of the Third Age's greatest fire drake combined with the magic stored in her otherwise normal daughter would make the offspring powerful enough to rival the wizards. She would then use the grandchild in keeping herself and Freyja free of men Andraya hates. The reason she's not planning to mate with Smaug herself is because she sacrificed her fertility to awaken him.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: During her telepathic argument with Smaug, Andraya raises the point of Smaug denying Kathryn the peaceful life she was searching when the Seer and the dragon first met.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: In Heart of Ashes she murders King Wilhelm purely to further her plans, but considering how much of a Jerkass he was, he had it coming.
  • Mama Bear: While an Abusive Parent, she does look after her daughter. Following Freyja's death, Andraya demonstrates the dark side of this trope by giving Kathryn to Fankil (endangering the world to Morgoth's return in the process), just to avenge her daughter and get a resurrection spell to bring Freyja back.
  • Never My Fault: When Andraya attempts to get revenge against Smaug for killing her daughter, she ignores the fact that if she hadn't resuscitated Smaug when he was at death's doorstep, he wouldn't have been around to kill Freyja. Also, if Andraya hand't framed "Cail Agonn" for King Wilhelm's murder, and thus forced Smaug to escape from Vathvael with Kathryn, Freyja wouldn't have accompanied Faervel to Emyn Muil to rescue Kathryn and end up being killed by Smaug.
  • Older Than They Look: Andraya is the mother of a teenaged daughter and speaks like someone in her fourth decade, but her beauty makes it look like she's in her mid-twenties.
  • Palm Bloodletting: She slices her palm as part of the ritual to awaken Smaug in the first chapter of Heart of Ashes.
  • Revenge by Proxy: After Smaug kills Freyja, Andraya hands Kathryn over to Fankil.
  • Smug Snake: While cunning, Andraya's ego and temper tend to cause her detriment.
  • Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: Andraya slaps Freyja when the girl expresses her fear of being impregnated by Smaug, turning quickly from furious into self-righteously affectionate.
    Andraya: Oh no look what you've done dear. My poor baby… I do not mean to hurt you dear, but you must understand: fear is a weakness that we cannot have.
  • Wicked Witch: Though she doesn't have the traditional attire, a flying broomstick or a cat, she's a ruthless schemer, a misandrist, and an abusive parent.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Andraya frames Smaug (or "Cail Agonn" as he's known in his human form) for King Wilhelm's murder this way. After she has entered the sleeping king's bedchamber in a maid's attire and killed him, she slices her own forehead, sinks the dagger in the king's chest, leaves the door of the servant passage open, and screams for help. Pretending to be a hysteric maid, she tearfully tells the guards that "Cail Agonn" murdered the king and escaped through the servant passage.

    Lord Beronor 
The head of House Evrine, the most powerful noble house of Dorwinion. He aspires to create a lasting dynasty for his house, and will do anything to achieve that goal. After the resurrected Kathryn is brought to Vathvael in Heart of Ashes, Beronor takes her in his custody to use her in exceeding his influence in the court.
  • Honor Before Reason: He tries to use this trope when he objects to Queen Lalemwen's decision to ask Erebor's dwarves to create any Black Arrows they can for whatever price they ask. The Queen immediately shoots the argument down.
  • Is That a Threat?: He gets to both receive and deliver this line in the same conversation.
    Lord Beronor: Do not stand in my way, witch… life will become very unpleasant for you if you do.
    Kathryn: Is that a threat?
    Lord Beronor: No, that was truth. A threat would be if I proposed something I had a chance of completing; when I say truth, I mean it with utter certainty.
    Kathryn: Do you believe me to be a little puppet for you to pull the strings?! Do you think that because I am a woman, I am feeble! I too can command the winds sir! I have a hurricane in me so great it will strip the leaves of your Noble House bare if you dare to try me!
    Lord Beronor: You dare to threaten me?!
    Kathryn: I do!
  • Plot-Irrelevant Villain: His role is just to be the noble who brings Kathryn to Vathvael's court as entertainment. As soon as Kathryn's taken from Vathvael by Smaug and Queen Lalemwen puts a stop to Beronor's malarkey, he disappears from the story.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: He's on the receiving end of two in his last appearance; first from General Victis, and then from Queen Lalemwen.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Following Smaug's first appearance as a dragon in Vathvael, Beronor tries to assure Queen Lalemwen that the city's garrison and ballista can shoot Smaug down from the sky. He's called out of his ignorance by General Victis, and Queen Lalemwen decides to seek outside aid in dealing with Smaug.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He backhands Kathryn in the face when she refuses to kowtow before him anymore.
  • You Have No Idea Who You're Dealing With: When Kathryn gives Beronor this line, his reaction is to backhand her and throw the line back at her.

    King Wilhelm 
Dorwinion's ruler and Queen Lalemwen's husband. He makes Kathryn a singer in his court, believing that her beautiful voice should only be heard singing in the finest court.
  • Asshole Victim: The jerk of a king gets the throat cut by Andraya while he's in bed.
  • Can't Take Criticism: When Smaug openly demeans Wilhelm, the King's reaction is to order a guard to cut out the tongue of "Cail Agonn" until Lalemwen puts a stop to it.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Even if Smaug's "The Reason You Suck" Speech toward Wilhelm was disrespectful and increasingly threatening, ordering Smaug's tongue to be cut right there was excessive. Fortunately Lalemwen won't let blood to be shed in her father's throne room and instead orders Smaug to be thrown into a dungeon.
  • Heir-In-Law: Wilhelm became Dorwinion's king by marrying his distant cousin Lalemwen, the previous king's daughter who was inexperienced when she assumed the throne at the age of sixteen.
  • Jerkass: He forcibly makes Kathryn his court bard and treats her like his pet.
  • Lack of Empathy: He never takes into consideration Kathryn's feelings and whatever or not she really wants to be a part of his court.
  • Kissing Cousins: Downplayed; Wilhelm and Lalemwen are distant cousins.
  • Manchild: The King's in his fourth decade, but he comes off as an insensitive child living in his own royal bubble. He's more into entertainment than debating courtly matters.
  • Pitiful Worms: He compares Smaug to a worm as he tries to assert his authority to the dragon-in-human-skin. Smaug turns the comparison around in the following "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
    King Wilhelm: I am a king, and you are nothing more than a worm beneath my boot!
    Smaug: A worm… What lovely titles you give both to yourself and to me. But I have seen kings and empires fall in just one day, all gone in a cloud of smoke… And just now, as your narrow-minded advisors tell you, self-proclaimed kings are falling day by day, to die in the dirt, and be nothing but food for the crows and the worms.
  • Slain in Their Sleep: Subverted because Andraya wakes Wilhelm up by letting into his bedchamber cold night air and allows him to see her right before she slices his throat before he can fully awaken and call out an alarm.

    Karst's mercenaries 
A small band of mercenaries who capture Kathryn after she briefly manages to escape from Smaug in Heart of Fire. The leader's name is Karst. The group also consists of three men named Bensen, Cutter and Lesk as well as an unnamed Olog-Hai.
  • Attempted Rape: Karst tries to force himself on Kathryn, but Smaug's roar at her screaming puts a stop to that.
  • Asshole Victim: The would-be rapist Karst is scorched by Smaug's fire. The others probably qualify as well, given that they're all mercenaries and do nothing to stop Karst from raping Kathryn.
  • Bald of Evil: Karst is a bald and crude mercenary.
  • BFS: The Olog-Hai fights with a massive two-handed sword.
  • Blatant Lies: Lesk brags to Kathryn that the Olog-Hai swore him Undying Loyalty after he saved him from Elves. Kathryn sees through that immediately.
  • Brats with Slingshots: Lesk, the youngest member of the group, arms himself with a slingshot.
  • Evil Redhead: Cutter has greasy red hair.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Lesk is killed when Smaug bites his body in half.
  • Hope Spot: Lesk is send to check the entrance of their hideout when Smaug is silent. When he nervously looks outside, he finds nothing and is relieved… only to be snatched by the dragon's jaws.
  • Jerkass: Even without the entire Attempted Rape from Karst's part, the entire group is of crude sort.
  • Only Sane Man: Bensen is the only one who thinks bringing Kathryn with them is a bad idea.
  • Pet the Dog: When Lesk is killed by Smaug, Karst screams his name and charges outside to battle Smaug with the others.
  • Too Dumb to Live: They're traveling east to the Iron Hills… to the direction of Erebor just as Smaug is flying in the area in search of Kathryn.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Karst starts battering Kathryn after she spits his face.

The first Dark Lord and former master of both Sauron and Fankil. He becomes the trilogy's Greater-Scope Villain because Fankil plans to bring him back from the void by using Kathryn's visions to find the void's entrance, the Door of Night.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He appears in a couple of Kathryn's visions before it's revealed he's the reason Fankil is after Kathryn.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Gandalf explicitly states that if Morgoth were ever to return from the void, even the current Dark Lord Sauron would bow before his old master.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Kathryn's visions show him to be gigantic and more malicious than Sauron.
  • Evil Is Sterile: Galadriel states that Morgoth is unable to create life that's original and intelligent. He can only create mockeries of living creatures or corrupt those that already live. He created Orcs that way, and ever since he first extended his tainted influence onto the dragons, all of them have been born with a shackle tying them to him.
  • God of Evil: Fankil explicitly calls him the Dark God.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He's chained in the void, and the entrance called the Door of Night is hidden and protected by an immortal guardian.

Other characters

    Ancalagon the Black 
The great dragon who served Morgoth in the First Age and the biggest dragon that has ever lived. He was also Smaug's great-great-grandfather.
  • Dark Is Evil: This dragon who served the first Dark Lord had midnight black scales that made him look darker than the shadow of the night.
  • Famous Ancestor: To Smaug who respects his memory.
  • Faster Than They Look: Much to Kathryn's astonishment, Ancalagon is not a Mighty Glacier in her vision as one would easily assume from a behemoth big enough to block out the sun.
  • Kaiju: Demonstrated in the vision Kathryn has of him.
  • Large and in Charge: The largest of Morgoth's dragons led them against the forces of the Valar so ferociously that they were driven back.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Kathryn's vision shows that the gigantic Ancalagon was a fast and agile flyer as much as his noticeably smaller brethren.
  • Posthumous Character: He has been dead since the War of Wrath, but he's remembered for the terror he inspired. In Heart of the Inferno, Smaug's convinced to use his blood-relation with Ancalagon to convince the remaining dragons to unite against Sauron.
  • Related in the Adaptation: He's Smaug's ancestor in this series, whereas they weren't said to be related in the source materials.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Kathryn finds Ancalagon's face to look uncomfortably familiar to that of Smaug. Smaug in turn thinks that his dark son Kolstros looks like Ancalagon in a certain light.

    General Victis 
The head of Dorwinion's military forces.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He's known to have a cold-blooded yet levelheaded strategic mindset, and that he disregards honour and chivalry to win a battle. He demonstrates this mindset when he points out the flaws in Lord Gregorse's proposal to "discreetly" extend their influence over Erebor and Dale, seeing the gold to be not worth the trouble. In General's own words, he gambles only when all the cards are in his favor.
  • Four-Star Badass: He's the seasoned and ruthlessly pragmatic commander of Dorwinion's army. After he's seriously injured by Smaug, Beronor tries to claim him to be too old to defeat the dragon. The feverish General scares Beronor into stopping these accusations by pointing his sword at the arrogant Lord and explaining how wrong he is to blame Victis for being unable to do anything against the dragon.
  • Honest Advisor: Unlike Beronor, Victis is brutally honest to Queen Lalemwen (who has been widowed only days ago) in telling her that Vathvael's garrison is powerless against Smaug.
  • Old Soldier: This grey-haired and wrinkled general has served in Dorwinion's military since the reign of King Yenric, Queen Lalemwen's father. Though Beronor tries to suggest otherwise, Victis' old age isn't affecting his strategy and leadership skills yet, so he can't be blamed for being unable to beat Smaug when he first appears as a dragon.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: When the injured and feverish Victis has had enough of Lord Beronor's unjust accusations regarding his competence, he points his sword at the Lord and verbally scares him not to make any more baseless accusations toward him.
    Lord Beronor: Perhaps the general is tired. His mind is fevered from his wounds. Like us all, he is ageing and simply does not want to admit that he lost his battle against the dragon due to his lack of sound judgement due to age —
    General Victis: Bastard! [unsheathes his sword] I may be old and tired, aye. But I had PERFECT judgement when I was out there with my men! It was not my judgement that made the arrows bounce off of the brute's scales! It was not my old age that gave that creature such a deadly ferocity that it tore my men apart with little effort! If you believe that our army is sufficient to take it down Beronor, then you won't mind when I volunteer you to be at the front line leading the men when the thing next comes!
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The last time he's mentioned, he has a fever, and his leg — that was nearly severed by Smaug's claw — is in consideration for amputation if the fever doesn't pass.

A Haradrim woman who acts as a physician for Queen Lalemwen.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's nearly six feet tall, curvy, dark-haired and dark-skinned.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She has two older brothers who look much like her, and one of them, Zanros, was often mistaken for Quithyra's twin when they were younger.

A grey dragon who lives in the Grey Mountains and appears in Heart of the Inferno.
  • Behemoth Battle: Engages in one against Smaug and loses.
  • Fingore: He loses one of his fingers when Smaug bites it off.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After Smaug pins down Urgost who realizes that Smaug isn't dead after all, the grey dragon looks at the bitten stump of his finger and surrenders, saying that he doesn't want to make the descendant of Ancalagon the Black his enemy.
  • Not So Different: Says this about Smaug and himself.
    Smaug: I see you have done naught to appease the need of our race. Instead you abandoned what little remains.
    Urgost: Perhaps we are more alike than you think, Smaug. You and I have always pursued our own selfish desires. So long as we have our gold, what care have we for the rest of the world?

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