September 5, In the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Twelve
The unanimous Declaration of the Free Peoples of Arda, Eraioch, and Drahawn,
When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for certain peoples to dissolve any peaceful bands which have connected them with another people, and to assume a posture of war to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God demand of them, a decent respect to the opinions of all moral creatures requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to this state of war.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all dragons are created evil, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable qualities, that among these are Depravity, Wickedness and the pursuit of all evil. – That to remind all men of these qualities, death is instituted out among Men by the above mentioned Dragons, for these creatures derive their power from terror. – That when any creature, whether small or great, becomes destructive, it is the Right and the Duty of the Peoples to make war with and destroy such creatures. – That when any form of literature portrays these creatures in any way benevolent, it is the Right, nay the Duty, of its readers to alter or abolish it, and to institute new literature, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its structure in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to portray Dragons accurately as the totally depraved creatures that they are. The history of these terrible Dragons is a history of repeated iniquity and malevolence, all having in direct object the satisfying of their corrupted desires. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
They have laid waste the prosperous lands of good and generous kings. To this, we demonstrate the desolation of Scatha the Worm of Ered Mithrin, who terrorized the Éothéod, ravaging their land until slain by the great warrior Fram of the Éothéod.
They have stolen the treasures of others. To prove this, we point to the deeds of the Father of Dragons. In 496 S.A., Glaurung, father of all Dragons, sacked the mighty Elven-city of Nargothrond, taking its vast wealth in horde, the hard-earned treasures of the ancient house of Finrod Felagund stolen in the worm’s greed and malice.
They have destroyed much great craftsmanship as well as the knowledge of their construction. Here we point to the desolation of Mount Erebor by the Dragon Smaug. Many great craftsmen were there slain and the knowledge of their craft lost, never to be found again.
They have caused the death of mighty warriors. More numerous than can be named are the cases of this. We shall merely point to the death of mighty Beowulf in this place.
They have brought about indescribable woes and sorrows, as is seen in the life of Túrin Túrambar, mighty warrior among men.
They have usurped the true God by demanding and receiving the worship of men. To this, we simply point to the ancient Chinese. Such worship and reverence belong rightly only to the Almighty Creator.
They have deceived many into believing them righteous, despite their base deeds. If it be doubted, we shew unto thee the numerous works which now grant glory and righteousness unto these vile creatures.
What else need be said?
In every stage of these Oppressions have all true men attempted to quell such atrocities: their repeated attempts have been answered by only repeated and greater injury. Dragons, whose character is thus remarked by every act which may define total depravity, are unfit therefore to continue in existence.
Nor have we been wanting in attention to the race of dragons. We have warned them from time to time of the evil which they persist in carrying out. We have reminded them of their vile deeds. We have cautioned them of justice and the might of Men, Elves, and Dwarves. Yet they have remained deaf to the voice of justice and consanguinity. We must therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our War, and hold them, as we hold all such creatures of depravity and wickedness, Enemies in War.
We, therefore, the Council of Alshanfaara and Representatives of the Free Peoples, in General Congregation, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do in the Name, and by Authority of the Free Peoples of Eraioch, Arda, and Drahawn, solemnly publish and declare, That these Free Peoples are, and of Right ought to be united in war against the tyranny and ravishment of the Dragons; that they are Absolved from all feelings of peace toward these wights, and that all peaceful connection between them and this abominable race, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as peoples at war, they have full Power and Right to slaughter and kill, or otherwise destroy those monstrosities that bear the cursed name of Dragons.
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Cirthan the Madaiz
Erandil of Alshanfaara
Dwarvin of Karðôn