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Last Hussar03 Jan 2014 3:10 a.m. PST

At least $8.6 USD billion.

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Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Jan 2014 6:12 a.m. PST

Nah, at least $10 billion. :)

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Jan 2014 6:55 a.m. PST

That figure is for the book Smaug and is pretty reasonable. The MOVIE Smaug is (naturally since this is a Peter Jackson movie) vastly bigger and has vastly more treasure. Indeed, the gold we see in the movie is a hundred times as much gold as exist in the entire world today. Back in the 70s I recall reading that the entire world's gold supply would fit inside a cube about 60 feet on a side. The ridiculous statue mold holds far more than that alone.

kallman03 Jan 2014 8:36 a.m. PST

Regardless, it is a very comfortable sum and in the minds of many a Dwarf, human, Elf, and even Orc worth going to war over.

Terrement Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2014 9:04 a.m. PST

Sounds like a possible Master card commercial.

The King of Uppsedaisyum's treasure: 250,000 Krogders
The Sultan of Ishkahiffen's hoard: 376,000 Yadre
The Bay of Rum's fortune: 671,000 Postulos

The Treasure of Smaug: Priceless

RavenscraftCybernetics Inactive Member03 Jan 2014 9:31 a.m. PST

187 quatloos.

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Jan 2014 10:18 a.m. PST

" Indeed, the gold we see in the movie is a hundred times as much gold as exist in the entire world today."

Also the number of dragons we see in that movie is infinite times the number of dragons that exist in the world.

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member03 Jan 2014 8:22 p.m. PST

It's a lot of gold!

tkdguy03 Jan 2014 11:58 p.m. PST

But how much was it worth at the time?

bandit86 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2014 1:54 a.m. PST

$19.99 USD but if you act now we will give you two treasure hoards for $19.99 USD

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2014 6:32 a.m. PST

Also the number of dragons we see in that movie is infinite times the number of dragons that exist in the world.

I think the point was that Jackson's cinematic fiction embellished upon Tolkein's written fiction. We all do know it's fiction.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2014 3:38 p.m. PST

I recall reading that the entire world's gold supply would fit inside a cube about 60 feet on a side. The ridiculous statue mold holds far more than that alone.

Homey don't think so. That statue had nowhere near that amount of volume (3600 cubic feet). But it's a fantasy film, and we all know that in a fantasy world, concepts like "mass", "volume" and "relative density" have no meaning. Heck, if it was the typical D&D game of my youth, Thorin & Co. would have been able to cart all that treasure home in their backpacks, and swim across a lake along the way, if needed. grin

Gearhead Inactive Member05 Jan 2014 3:57 p.m. PST

Eh, most of it was probably plated!

skinkmasterreturns05 Jan 2014 4:52 p.m. PST

It would make one hell of a treasure bath…:)

ochoin light Inactive Member06 Jan 2014 4:08 p.m. PST

The Hoard, released on masse into the market is worth comparatively little.

As the almost literal river of gold & silver coinage hits the Lake Town Currency Exchange, the devaluation of the formerly precious metals is almost immediate. Gold is only precious due to its comparative scarcity. Within a week, a wheel barrow of 'Dragon's Gold' wouldn't buy you a loaf of mouldy bread.

Mithral also becomes a glut on the market. Apart from the difficulty of working with a metal that is 'harder than diamonds', how many suits of armour do you need?
Soon mithral is the metal of choice for the type of kitchen implements & home gym equipment that is spruiked by Elvish telemarketers on the 'idiot box' (Channel Faerie: Your Shopping Channel).

And then there's the Arkenstone. It's a bit big, no? Large, chunky jewellery is so yesterday's fashion.
No Elvish or Hobbit Fashion Queen would be seen dead wearing it. Wait! There might be a market for it amongst the Ring Wraiths who don't mind being seen dead in anything!

So all in all, the dragon is sitting on a paper fortune & would have been better to have acquired a few dot.coms.

21eRegt06 Jan 2014 6:34 p.m. PST

Score, ochoin light

Zephyr106 Jan 2014 8:05 p.m. PST

"… the entire world's gold supply would fit inside a cube about 60 feet on a side. "

Scrooge McDuck's money vault is bigger (AND it has a diving board…. ;-)

"It's a lot of gold!"

Not after taxes…. ;-)

victor0leto Inactive Member07 Jan 2014 6:13 a.m. PST

Apparently, in terms of the international box office returns, something like 700 million dollars

victor0leto Inactive Member07 Jan 2014 6:15 a.m. PST

oh, and this

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YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2014 11:20 a.m. PST

Ron Paul for Fourth Age Laketown Master!

Stop the dwarven financial repression!

Personal logo Landorl Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2014 7:24 p.m. PST

almost enough to pay off the US national debt!

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