Smaug The Dragon at Wellington Airport

Smaug The Dragon at Wellington Airport

Meet Smaug the Dragon! We really have something special as part of our Hobbit Costume collection from Middle-Earth – a full size Smaug model.

We created a mini movie so you can see his size and the amazing Weta work involved in creating middle earth dragons. 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

Facts about one of the most important dragons of Middle Earth – Smaug 

  • 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 a 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 middle earth 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, movie tricks, and model 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







  1. 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 ???

  2. 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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