But after Smaug came, he totally decimated the countryside around the mountain. All that was left were some crows, thrushes, and ravens - not enough to keep a dragon fed! Also, besides maybe the oldest dwarves, no one in Laketown had even seen Smaug, let alone been raided by him for food.
It seems like the Elven kingdom of Mirkwood and the dwarves of the Iron Hills were also left alone by Smaug during his reign. He doesn't seem to have been raiding anywhere for horses, cows, or even maidens to eat.
So what do you all think - how did Smaug manage to stay alive and fed for so long while holed up in the Lonely Mountain? Where was he finding enough food? Let me know your theories!
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