14. 13 - Fire Drakes
The Fire Drakes (Urulóki)
Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit
Fire Drakes stand as tall as the sky, as long as the sea and stretch their wings to blot out the sun of the world.
Fire Drakes are one of the most spectacular and fearsome wonders of Middle Earth. There is no man that does not fear a Fire Drake. They are gargantuan, vicious, aggressive and treacherous. During the First Age, they laid waste to many towns, like the Sacking of Nargothrond and even allied with other brutal creatures of Middle Earth, such as Balrogs, to attack Gondolin.
Curtain Fire Drakes are so distinctive that they are named for their prowess and terror. Such as Ancalagon the Black, Glaurung, and the one we all know and love, Smaug the Golden. Yet Smaug was the last of his kind. No Fire Drakes live in the Third Age, all of them are deceased.
A single Fire Drake could destroy and burn a civilisation in a matter of hours, or even minutes. They are terrifying to say the least. Truly they are. They make some of the dragons in this book look like mere hatchlings.
Fire Drakes did not get their name for nothing. These creatures can blast a tremendous amount of fire from their jaws that comes from the pit of their bellies. In fact, it was also described by a dwarf before the fall of Erebor that a howling gale blasted the air, and it was suggested to be hot and dry. This leads us to believe that these dragons' heat goes even further, that when they even just beat their wings, they blast out huge heated winds. The unthinkable has even been said in that one exhale from a Fire Drake can melt the Rings of Power, with an exception of the One Ring, of course.
It is horrifying to even think about, if the evil of Middle Earth managed to gain an alliance with even just one Fire Drake. It does not even bare thinking about!
How to Kill:
Fire Drakes' scales are known to be harder than steel, even Mithril. So a sword, a spear, an axe or a bow will not do, at all. You'd more likely break your weapon into smithereens rather than cause any damage to the beast. Or if you strike it in its under belly like Turin did against Glaurung, then you may kill it, but not quickly. The other trouble is that the drake's blood may pour onto you and melt your very skin (yes, even their blood boils).
The best known way to kill a Fire Drake, even if it is tricky and very specific, is to use a Black Arrow; although, these arrows are rarer than the diamonds that lie in the earth.
But you need not fear, dragon slayers, for the Fire Drakes are believed to be wiped out, thank goodness.
Although, that is only believed. Rumours still say that some lurk in the Grey Mountains, laying in wait to strike again one day. And when that day comes, all of us must ready ourselves. Ready ourselves for death and misery.
Let us hope these myths stay as myths.
We can only hope...
Good luck to you all if that day comes. I'll stand by all your sides as we burn in honour...
- Aldrin Shadownight