The Hobbit: Why does Smaug prefer “maidens”?

Recently I have begun re-perusing the famous novel- The Hobbit and I saw this in a segment portraying mythical beast named Smaug:

“After that, there were no dwarves left alive inside, and the Smaug took all their riches for himself. Most likely, for that is the mythical beasts’ way, he has heaped everything up in an extraordinary stack and considers it for a bed.

Later he used to slither out of the incredible door and stop around evening time to Dale, and divert individuals, particularly maidens, to bite, until Dale was demolished, and all the remaining individuals were either dead or gone.”

After reading this, I googled about related information and found two interesting views. They are:

As indicated by William Indick, in a psychological study, winged serpents speak to ravenous avarice. They take and crowd gold and maidens despite the fact that they have no down to earth use for them.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

Truth be told, somewhere else in part 1, we are told Smaug didn’t value the estimation of his fortune: “they barely have a decent piece of sense to realize what is good and what is bad, however, they, for the most part, have a decent idea of the current market esteem”.

Wilde’s “cost of everything and the benefit of nothing” is proposed. Or maybe Smaug desires these things essentially in light of the fact that men (and dwarves?) want them.

On another view by Joseph Pearce stated that Smaug isn’t simply ravenous yet mischievous. They contaminate the pure. The battle against the mythical beast isn’t only a battle against a physical beast, yet underhandedness itself: something we can experience in our day by day lives. Bilbo decides to take part in this fight instead of concealing away in his relax-able hobbit gap.

From what I comprehend, Smaug is a brute that must eat other living things to keep himself alive. For instance, he doesn’t “eat” gold and gems, he just appreciates and pines for them.

It’s inferred that he ate a decent arrangement of dwarves, men, horses, maidens, and so forth during his assault on Erebor. Be that as it may, when he had settled in and driven all the dwarves out, what the hell did he eat for a long time?

The midget cadavers would have soon gone away. I’m certain the dwarves had stores of food in Erebor someplace, yet it likely was in cut off storerooms that were excessively little for Smaug to enter.

Additionally, following a couple of years, that food would have most likely decayed away as well.

Did Smaug at times leave the Mountain on chasing trips, scanning for dairy cattle, sheep, horses to go after? Positively, there were no men living for a significant distance around the Mountain after the assault.

Either they died or moved far away. We know there is an enormous region around the Mountain that is destroyed. It appears to me, being singed and consumed, that nothing would develop here and no creatures would touch.

Where at that point, would Smaug chase? Without a doubt, he didn’t meander that distant from the Mountain. 

Maybe, he entered a condition of hibernation for a long time and didn’t need any food or water. Yet, that couldn’t keep going forever; he was not resting when Bilbo came down to him. I thought he would sleep for that long.

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