Smaug the Magnificent:
The Value of Smaug's Treasure Horde according to FORBS MAGAZINE
Diamond is 1/142 ounces/carat
Thank you for adding that info Yellowdingo; however, I must say that the author underestimates the size of Smaug. If the size of his horde was based on Smaug's size then he has really udnervalued the horde as well.
In "Inside Information" Smaug tries to chase after the fleeing Bilbo who is running up the secret dwarven tunnel. The tunnel is aprox. 5' high and wide enough for 2 dwarves to walk side by side. However, Smaug's head is to big to fit into the tunnel, thus he blows fire through his nostrils at Bilbo. That makes Smaug much bigger 64' long red dragon in the article.
That is assuming that smaugs head is a perfect rectangle. f he has horns, as often depicted, the total width of his head could be much wider than the tunnel entrance. I do not recall the book saying that his nostrils are the sizeof the tunnel, just that he blows fire from his nostrils. Also, the scale of his head compared to his body is always debatable. The size they use might be incorect, but it sounds like a reasonable estimate to me, considering real world amounts of gold. In D&D the gold that is used as currency is much greater in volume than anyhting in reality. Every old dragons hord is like a small fort knox.
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