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Jason Nelson wrote:
7. Relevant to Smaug: He seemed VERY well-informed for a dragon that has supposedly been asleep for 60 years, never threatened, never leaving, never being visited, and in fact with all the entrances collapsed so no one COULD go visit him. Yet he knows about all of Sauron's dalliances in the south. Heck, he knows Thorin Oakenshield's adopted surname, even though he got it long after the dwarves left Erebor in a battle a thousand miles away.
Where does Smaug get his information?
Just the ramblings...
Smaug has been asleep for only 60 years, but Thorin got his name 200 years before. He could have heard about it any time during that period.
Check out the feat from draconomicon, Draconic Knowledge, page 69.They know everything about any object associated with their hoard and location. Then its the other stuff, like existance of hobbits, that they are completely ignorant about.
So yeah, theyll have no problem naming the whole lineage of every person ever holding any single coin in their hoard. ;)