December 6, 2023

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The Hobbit, why is Smaug storing all that gold in Erbor?

During the hobbit We repeat many times how important it is for the dwarves to return to restore Erebor: the Lonely Mountain Kingdom is of inestimable value to the people of Thorin Oakenshield, but the motive that drives our people to leave for a semi-suicidal mission does not lie, of course, only in the historical value of the thing.

Let’s face it: deep in Lonely Mountain lies a Priceless treasure, a treasure for the dwarves, who know very well the value of gold and its derivatives, is an invitation that is really hard to resist.

However, there is to defend this treasure Smaug, the dragon voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch in the movie. The question arises: how did the dragon accumulate this wealth? And most importantly, what should such a monster do with gold, jewelry, and the like?

The answer to both questions is quite simple: the gold was already there when Smaug attacked Erebor, having accumulated it by dwarves who, as we have said, are second to none in terms of greed. It was gold, in fact, that attracted Smaug: this is certainly not new, since dragons have historically been described as greedy creatures and Attracted to riches, as a representation of some of the mortal sins that men are accustomed to staining.

Have you already found answers to the above questions? Let us know in the comments! Here, meanwhile, find us The Hobbit Review – The Battle of the Five Armies.