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Greed was a theme in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hoard".

The HoardEdit

From The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, chapter 14

In the first part of the stanza a elven hoard of treasure is all that is  left of elves after their doom.

In the succeeding stanzas the hoard is found by a dwarf who makes beautiful jewelry and coins until he hoards his treasure work even when he becomes old; he is killed by a dragon who hoards the gold until he becomes old as well; he is killed by a young warrior who becomes an old and greedy king who thinks of nothing but his hoarded treasure until he is overthrown and killed...the hoard waits for the next finder....

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