Smaug The Dragon at Wellington Airport

Smaug the Dragon

Meet Smaug the Dragon

We really have something special as part of our Hobbit Costume collection from Middle-Earth – Smaug the Dragon. We created a mini movie so you can see his size and the amazing Weta work involved. You can also read up on earlier Middle Earth reports here and Costume Trail news here. Smaug was placed at the check-in hall at Wellington Airport. He must have given people quite a shock after the checked in then… turned around to find……. SMAUG

Let us dazzle you with some amazing facts about the movie model of Smaug the Dragon :-

  • Weta Workshop built Smaug using the same 3D files Weta Digital used for the creation in The Hobbit. He is as close as you can get to the real Hobbit movie dragon!
  • Smaug is 4.25m/13.9 ft from his nose to the back of his head, 2.92m/9.58 ft high and 2.50m/8.2 ft wide.
  • The model is 75% of the size of the real dragon in the films.
  • The Dragon and his surroundings were created by a team of Weta Workshop 3D modellers and model makers, sculptors, engineers, and painters using Weta Workshop developed technologies.
  • For an interesting look at the wealth of detail involved in the miniatures and modesl of Smaug, check out the Weta model here. Spectacular.

Smaug underwent considerable development before he was revealed to the world in the Hobbit films. At one point he had more legs, differently shaped wings, and even a different face.


See you in Middle-Earth next week, don’t forget Owen’s Movie page here and the collection of Hobbit costume details here.
Harvey Button
with Smaug the Dragon
Harvey Middle Earth Monday Correspondent







8 thoughts on “Smaug The Dragon at Wellington Airport

  1. meowmeowmans

    WOW! Smaug looks awesome! What a treat it just have been to be able to see that in person. We love how his eyes open and close. So realistic!


  2. Pawesome Cats

    I didn’t get to the Weta Workshop last time I was there….but it’s on my to do list next time I visit.


  3. da tabbies o trout towne

    dood…….ahhhhhhh…him gived uz de stink eye !!! he did…reel ee…N him haz ta be az big az like 90,033 feetz !!! whoa…than for sharin…thiz be awesum ???


    1. da tabbies o trout towne

      pee ezzz…we wuz THAT kinda scared…we meened ta say THANX for sharin…knot… than …. XXX


  4. Brian

    Hmmmmmm, doesn’t look overly friendly!


  5. Sometimes Cats Herd You

    That’s at your airport? How cool! Only the bravest visitors will pass that big guy with their luggage!


  6. The Swiss Cats

    Smaug is so so so big ! And he’s a little bit scary, even with his eyes closed ! Thank you for sharing your Hobbit Costume Trail with us, it’s great ! Purrs


  7. Willy

    YIKES!! Smaug is ginormous, you are a very brave kitteh Harvey to go visit him. His eyes are pawmazing. Have fun on the Hobbit Costume Trail.


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