i’m still so fucking astounded – and not in a good way – that anyone ever thought the ‘let’s melt tons upon tons of gold to kill the dragon with it’ thing in desolation of smaug was a good idea. like, that entire fucking sequence from the point where they reach the forges
how on earth did this even get past the script stage
did some producer really really want a gold-covered dragon or what? bc even if you ignore that gold melts at pretty high fucking temperatures (aka 1000°C) and consequently not that fast, and okay, iron melts at higher temperatures than that but guess what, metal is really good at conducting heat so thorin should have like fifth-degree burns if he could survive that surftour at all (speaking of which, air is a shitty heat conductor but just like you don’t waltz up to an active volcano without protective gear, getting a giant-ass stream of super hot fire shot past you at a distance of half a meter will at least leave blisters), even if you ignore all of that, there’s still the fact that
gold is really, really heavy.
like, a ton of water fits into a cube with an edge length of 1 meter. a ton of gold fits into a cube with an edge length of about 37 centimeters. that’s less than 1/8 of the volume a ton of water takes up.
my point is, you would need so many tons of gold to fill up that statue. idk if anyone’s ever run the numbers, but my guess is somewhere in the low millions. and that’s just the gold in the forges, not the mountains of coins and shit that fill up the treasury.
tl;dr: suspension of disbelief is not a bottomless well.