I started this automata in a workshop taught by John Morgan at Marc Adams School of Woodworking. John provided the concept of a dream stage, I designed the theme: A hobbit taking a nap, dreaming of Smaug the dragon who guards the Arkenstone and all the treasure of Erebor, the Eye of Sauron watching for the One Ring. The stage is surrounded by a map of Middle Earth. Smaug breathes fire through his nostrils. The hobbit sleeps and dreams of adventures and of the One Ring … or is that reality?!

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