We know a bit about Draigoch, the new big bad coming with Rise of Isengard. He will be the new 24-man raid boss and is basically a giant dragon. So large we will be essentially only fighting his head. We saw concept art of Draigoch earlier this week to give us an idea of what this beastie looks like.
But does Draigoch break The Lord of the Rings lore? That seems to be the major discussion of a recent forum post. I’ve snipped out the major questions from the post and the responses from Berephon, Turbine’s official Tolkien lore know-it-all (pretty sure that’s not his official title… but you get my meaning).
How can Draigoch be a great dragon? Wasn’t Smaug the last of the great dragons?
Smaug was the greatest of the Great Dragons remaining. Tolkien never said, nor even inferred that he was the last (in fact, I believe it was in one of the Letters that he actually debunks that idea himself.) [source]
And here’s some information about the Tolkien letter Berephon was mentioning:
"Because no other dragons are mentioned in The Lord of the Rings, one might conclude, as Tolkien’s proofreader, Naomi Mitchison, did, that there were no more dragons after Smaug. In a letter to her (25 April 1954), Tolkien responded: "Dragons. They had not stopped; since they were active in far later times, close to our own." Tolkien goes on to say that perhaps one sentence in the trilogy might be misleading: "there is not now any dragon left on earth in which the old fire is hot enough." To Tolkien, however, the statement implies "that there are still dragons, if not of full primeval stature." [source]
Why is Draigoch so much larger than the other great dragons we currently have in game?
From the number of dragons that are involved in the Sil, they clearly come in many shapes and sizes (including the Great Dragons.) Thorog was certainly one of the Great Dragons, though perhaps at the lower end. The dragon in Forochel probably falls somewhere between Thorog and a drake. It wasn’t too impressive.
Draigoch is definitely one of the Great Dragons, somewhere between Smaug and Thorog. [source]
Berephon also responds to a question asking if the size of the dragon is unrealistic:
…it is frankly more consistent with dragons as they appear in the works of Tolkien (and I would say probably smaller still than Smaug.) Having seen Draigoch in action, he fits just about where he needs to. [source]
We haven’t seen anything but concept art so far but what are your thoughts? Is Turbine stretching the limits of Tolkien lore with Draigoch or does it sound like they know what they are doing?