The main goal of the adventure, as stated by Thorin, was to gain back the gold taken from the dwarves by Smaug. This objective began forming, but was not yet known, when Thorin's father and grandfather, with many other dwarves, started crafting shining swords, hilts laden with glimmering jewels. They made their jewelry, goblets and armor with such expertise that even the worst blacksmith in all of the grand halls and workshops in the mountain where they dwelled was paid richly by the mortal men in the nearby town called Dale. It was practically preordained, therefore, that a dragon would come and steal the dwarves' treasures. The dragon that took up this job, named Smaug, flapped his enormous wings and promptly lit the forest on the mountain ablaze. Smaug killed the warriors sent to defend the town, ambushed every one of the dwarves inside the mountain, and gradually kidnapped all the citizens of Dale. Through a disguised side door, it seemed, Thorin's father and grandfather had escaped. From then on, with no riches, the surviving dwarves labored and could only dream of taking their wealth back.