## The Math of The Hobbit

Source: ForbesThis is a pretty old link but it is the first time I saw it. Someone actually calculated the value of Smaug the dragon!

For those who are not familiar with Smaug, it is the dragon foe that the Hobbit and his friends are trying to defeat to retrieve back their Arkenstone, a wondrous gem once owned by the Dwarves.

Here is a funny trailer about Smaug:

Check out their Math calculations at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelnoer/2011/04/06/how-much-is-smaug-tolkei-dragon-worth/

Excerpts:

*To keep the math relatively simple and to avoid complications like integrating the partial volume of a sphere, we can approximate Smaug’s bed of gold and silver to be a cone, with a radius of 9.6 feet (1/2 the diameter) and a height of 7 feet (assuming the weight of the dragon will smush down the point of the cone by about a foot).*

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