I wanted to make this first post a reflection on the the image of the Dragon and Smaug in particular. This has caused quite an interesting reaction form many Tolkien fans regarding an interview with Guillermo Del Toro . In the interview posted up on the excellent theonering.net GDT goes on describe his unique vision for the Great Worm.
Many others have also had there own take on Smaug, including J.R.R.Tolkien himself and will come to the professor's own vision of the beast in time.
First up an evocative image from Justin Gerard.