Doubtless they perished first in fire, before Smaug came to us.
Probably most of them would have perished in the winter that now hurried after autumn, if help had not been to hand.
Songs have said that three parts of the goblin warriors of the North perished on that day, and the mountains had peace for many a year.
I once saw him sitting all alone on the top of the Carrock at night watching the moon sinking towards the Misty Mountains, and I heard him growl in the tongue of bears; ’The day will come when they will perish and I shall go back!’ That is why I believe he once came from the mountains himself.
They drove many of them into the Running River, and such as fled south or west they hunted into the marshes about the Forest River; and there the greater part of the last fugitives perished, while those that came hardly to the Wood-elves’ realm were there slain, or drawn in to die in the trackless dark of Mirkwood.
This is something like it: The dragon is withered, His bones are now crumbled; His armour is shivered, His splendour is humbled! Though sword shall be rusted, And throne and crown perish With strength that men trusted And wealth that they cherish, Here grass is still growing, And leaves are yet swinging, The white water flowing, And elves are yet singing Come! Tra-la-la-lally! Come back to the valley! The stars are far brighter Than gems without measure, The moon is far whiter Thanů
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...government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.