/ Fire-drake
   Fire-breathing Dragons.
   The more powerful of the two fundamental divisions of dragon-kind, who, as the name suggests, were able to breathe fire. Glaurung, Ancalagon and Smaug were all fire-drakes.
   Almost nothing specific is known about this type of dragon; the only explicit reference is in The Silmarillion (Of the Return of the Noldor); 'Again after a hundred years Glaurung, the first of the Urulóki, the fire-drakes of the North, issued from Angband's gates by night'.
   Other references, however, indicate that fire-breathing was an ability that some dragons possessed, and others (the Cold-drakes) lacked. In a literal sense, then, the later fire-breathers such as Smaug were indeed 'fire drakes'.

J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth glossary. . 2003.

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