These are the characters from ''Literature/TheHobbit'' by Creator/JRRTolkien.

This page is for the '''BOOK ONLY'''. For the characters as they were portrayed in the Creator/PeterJackson [[Film/TheHobbit film trilogy]], see [[Characters/TheHobbitFilmTrilogy here]].

See also character sheets for ''Characters/TheSilmarillion'' and ''Characters/TheLordOfTheRings'' (or [[Characters/TheLordOfTheRingsFilmTrilogy the latter's film versions]]), which are set in the same universe (and, indeed, feature some of the same characters).
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[[folder:The Company]]
!!Bilbo Baggins

A Hobbit chosen by the wizard Gandalf to accompany 13 dwarves on a quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and its treasure from the dragon Smaug.

See ''Characters/TheLordOfTheRings'' character sheet for tropes that apply to him in that work.

* {{Adorkable}}: In the usual Hobbit fashion.
* AudienceSurrogate
* BadassNormal: The bravest little hobbit of them all.
* BritishStuffiness: Bilbo is very much modelled on a country squire of Tolkien's era or slightly before: shackled by manners and a code of propriety from expressing himself (even when facing a home invasion by thirteen uninvited guests). Through the story, Bilbo slowly loses those inhibitions via his exposure to the forthright dwarves and learns to speak his mind but tempered with the tact and subtlety of his upbringing. In his conversation with Smaug he's able to amuse the dragon with his riddling speak and yet land a number of solid blows against Smaug's overpowering ego with the surgically precise application of blunt linguistic force.
* CharacterDevelopment: At first he's more or less useless. Starting when he picks up the Ring, he becomes a lot more brave and competent. By the time he gets the dwarves out of the Elven-king's dungeon, he's the de facto leader.
* TheChosenZero: Gandalf is the only one who has faith in him in the beginning; the dwarves and Bilbo himself think he's unfit for the journey.
* ClassicalAntiHero --> TheHero
* CoolSword: Sting, an elven long knife that glows when orcs are near.
* CuteButCacophonic: When captured by the goblins, he lets out a yell which is surprisingly loud for his size. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the narrator.
* FireForgedFriends: His relationship to the rest of the Company.
* GentlemanAdventurer
* GentlemanThief: Lampshaded.
* GuileHero: Unlike his dwarven companions, Bilbo prefers to use his words and brain to get him out of tight situations. His tiny size and dislike of battle also makes this trope necessary to his survival throughout the quest.
* HardHead: Knocked unconscious twice without serious consequence.
* TheHero
* {{Hobbits}}: Considering he was the first one ever created, Bilbo Baggins is ''the'' hobbit of all hobbits.
* HomeSweetHome: Conflicting with his desire for the quest
* IJustWantToBeNormal ''and'' IJustWantToBeBadass: Bilbo is torn between the conflicting sides of his personality: his Baggins side just wants to have a normal, comfortable life, and his Tookish side wants to have adventures.
* IntergenerationalFriendship / InterspeciesFriendship: With the dwarves and Gandalf.
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: He's not only the trope picture, he's also [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis the original author]] of the book. Too bad he's also an UnreliableNarrator.
* TheLoad: Until he saves the dwarves from the spiders. After that point, he's pretty much carrying the team.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When Bilbo locates and pockets the Arkenstone, he knows what it is, what it means to Thorin, and that it was almost certainly meant to be excluded from the "pick your own share" clause of his contract. He nicks it anyway, admitting that "Now I truly am a burglar". It's only later that he tries to make good of his action by handing it over to Bard and Thranduil to use as a bargaining chip with Thorin (which in itself is a pretty dodgy action but done for the purest motives).
* ScheherezadeGambit: He keeps Gollum from eating him by proposing him a game of riddles.
* TookALevelInBadass: Bilbo goes from an ordinary hobbit, who as a responsible adult shows disdain for adventures, to facing down a dragon.
* UnfazedEveryman: It takes a long time and even at the end there are many things he finds awkward and frightening, but he does get there.

!!Thorin II Oakenshield
The leader of the Company of Dwarves who have set out to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from Smaug the dragon. He is the uncle of Fíli and Kíli.

* AntiHero
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Thorin's most definitely this for the dwarves, who all look up to him both because of his leadership and his prowess in combat.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBeard: Compulsory for all dwarves and particularly the king of the Longbeard clan.
** BadassBaritone
** BadassGrandpa: He's the oldest of the dwarves.
* BestServedCold: He spends decades plotting against Smaug the dragon for destroying his people's kingdom.
* CharacterDevelopment: It takes long for it to kick in, but he manages it before the end.
* [[CelibateHero Celibate Anti-Hero]]: Never married or had kids.
* CoolSword: Orcrist, an elven sword. Although it's confiscated by the Wood-elves and never returned [[spoiler:while he is alive]]; he later uses a dwarven axe from the Lonely Mountain's armories.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Poor Thorin's had a pretty rough life. His kingdom was taken over by a dragon that either killed most of the Erebor dwarves in the initial attack or forced them to flee to distant lands; much of his life afterwards was spent working in menial, dead-end jobs that brought little respect from the humans around him. Very shortly after his grandfather was brutally murdered by Azog for daring to set foot inside the gate of Moria; the Longbeards' original strongold and Thorin had to fight in a war of vengeance against the orcs climaxing in the Battle of Azanulbizar which cost his people a huge percentage of their fighting strength (essentially every dwarven male of fighting age fought in the battle) including his brother. Not long after that his father embarked on an attempt to take back the Mountain on which after several years of getting nowhere he disappeared, presumed dead, and Thorin spent the next hundred years burdened with the fact he'd have to do likewise or be a failure of a king, 'an heir, but an heir without hope'. Very little seems to ever go right or come easy to the poor guy.
* {{Determinator}}: Despite his many flaws, Thorin's determined to reclaim his clan's rightful ancestral homeland and treasure.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Thorin is the second character after Bilbo, because the quest is to restore Thorin as King under the Mountain.
* DisappearedDad: His father, Thráin, disappeared attempting to reclaim the Mountain when Thorin was ninety-five, leaving Thorin to care for and guide the exiled dwarves of Erebor alone.
* DoomedHometown: The Lonely Mountain.
* TheExile: Of the NobleFugitive variety.
* {{Greed}}: His quest has an undercurrent of this, since it's not just to take {{Revenge}} on the dragon and [[RightfulKingReturns reclaim his ancestral realm]] but also to reclaim its hoard of treasure, despite not exactly living in poverty anymore - though he ''does'' have a valid claim to it, more than the invading dragon who drove his people out. Comes to the fore when the lingering "dragon-sickness" effect of the treasure affects his judgment, increasing his gold-lust.
* GrumpyOldMan: For most of the book - until he becomes King and he dresses up in armor, revealing his inner BadassGrandpa.
* HarpOfFemininity: Averted. Plays a golden harp, extremely well. And he's still easily the most (if not only) badass dwarf present.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Reduced to blacksmithing for a living and living in what he describes as his 'poor lodgings in exile'
* ImprovisedArmour: How he got his name.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* TheLeader: Of the dwarves.
* OddNameOut: The only dwarf with a last name, and the only one whose name doesn't rhyme with or otherwise sound similar to that of at least one other dwarf in the company. Though it does rhyme with his great-great-uncle Borin (great-grandfather of Balin, Dwalin, Óin, and Glóin).
* OldSoldier: At One hundred and ninety-five one of the oldest out there, and a veteran of the Goblin Wars.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Along with Gimli in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', he is the TropeCodifier.
* ParentalSubstitute: To his nephews, Fíli and Kíli. And to Bilbo in a soft son, disapproving dad kind of way (whereas Balin is more of a cuddly uncle figure).
* ThePatriarch: The dwarves are fiercely patriarchal, considering themselves all descended from the original seven 'Fathers' of the dwarves. Thorin, as king of the eldest clan (the Longbeards or Durin's Folk) is the symbolic father of the entire race. In ''The Hobbit'', he displays all the qualities of a more literal patriarch among his company, including the tragically late expression of his respect for the black sheep, Bilbo.
* {{Pride}}: Thorin's fatal flaw.
* {{Revenge}}: A main motivator.
* RichesToRags > RagsToRiches
* RightfulKingReturns
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Taking back Erebor is no easy task, but Thorin firmly believes that it is his responsibility as the king of the Longbeard dwarves to reclaim their ancestral home and riches. And (as revealed in later books) despite his sometimes arrogant behavior, Thorin is also willing to do the same work and menial jobs as his fellow dwarves in exile.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Thorin specifically does not introduce himself to Bilbo by declaring to be "at your service", nor does he assist the other dwarves in doing the washing-up after they eat, and throughout the rest of the book his manners are rather brusque and business-like. This could also be a case of "screw politeness, I'm important" as well.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness
* SurroundedByIdiots: His Company is composed mainly of dwarves... well... generally [[ConservationOfCompetence less than totally competent.]]
** NotSoAboveItAll: Then Thorin comes to rely on Bilbo just as much as the rest of them.
* RamblingOldManMonologue: Thorin is notorious for speaking at length and never doing away with the formalities to the point that the narrator lampshades it on a number of occasions.
* WarriorPrince: He's unquestionably the most skilled warriors in the Company and charges into battle alongside his fellows without a second thought.

!!The Dwarves
* BadassBeard: All Thorin's company sport them
* BadassGrandpa: Balin
* BandOfRelatives: About half of the dwarves [[labelnote:*]]Thorin, Fíli, Kíli, Balin, Dwalin, Óin, and Glóin [[/labelnote]] are fairly close kinsmen. All of them play instruments.
* BigBrotherMentor: Balin, to Bilbo.
* BigEater: All of the dwarves, but especially Bombur.
* TheBigGuy: Dori is the strongest of the dwarves. He often ends up carrying Bilbo.
* BusCrash: Balin, Óin, and Ori died in the failed Moria reclamation.
* ButtMonkey: Bombur suffers almost constant misfortune.
* TheCameo: Glóin's appearance in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* CatchPhrase: "[X], at your service."
* CoolOldGuy: Balin, while not especially old for a dwarf, looks the part and is one of the closest to Bilbo.
* ColorCodedCharacters - Tolkien lists the colors of the Dwarves hooded cloaks, as if that would help you keep them straight. If you pair up colors and names in the orders they are both listed, you should get:
** Dwalin - Dark green
** Balin - Scarlet red
** Fíli and Kíli - Blue
** Dori and Nori - Purple
** Ori - Grey
** Óin - Brown
** Glóin - White
** Bifur and Bofur - Yellow
** Bombur - Pale green
** Thorin - Sky-blue with a long silver tassle
* ConservationOfCompetence: Generally limited to Thorin, and later Bilbo. See: the only ones not immediately jumped by trolls, the only one who keeps his bow out in a forest, the only one with a plan to escape Mirkwood... the others may or may not get a moment before the major battle. Balin too is depicted as having good judgement.
* DisappearedDad: Balin and Dwalin's father Fundin fell at Azanulbizar and so became one of the Burned Dwarves- the casualties of the battle were too numerous to be buried according to dwarven custom.
* DoomedHomeTown: The Lonely Mountain.
* [[ManInWhite Dwarf In White]]: Glóin wears a white hood. By the time of ''The Lord of the Rings'' he also has a white beard.
* TheEeyore: Dori and Bombur both complain a great deal. With Dori it's justifiable since he's often put-upon carrying Bilbo, but Bombur is just a whiner.
* FatComicRelief: Bombur.
* GrumpyOldMan: Most of the dwarves.
* [[HumanPackMule Naugrim Pack Mule]]: Dori.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Most of the dwarves could be considered to be this, especially Dori.
* TheLoad: Bombur. He's heavy, slow, and complains a lot.
* LethalJokeCharacter / CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: They're mostly PlayedForLaughs until they reclaim the Lonely Mountain and they show they're of a warrior race.
* MeaningfulName: Bombur's name means "fat" in Old Norse.
* OldSoldier: Like Thorin, both Balin and Glóin are veterans of Azanulbizar. Dwalin and Óin were also probably there since they're both older than Glóin, but they're not confirmed as being there by Tolkien (incidentally, Glóin was a mere sixteen at the time, half the age of a dwarf considered 'Battle ready'- Azanulbizar must have been a desperate battle indeed).
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Most of the dwarves do nothing to distinguish themselves.
* ThePollyanna: Fíli and Kíli.
* RagTagBunchOfMisfits: They get into accidents quite frequently.
* TheReliableOne:
** Balin. He's the first dwarf to take Bilbo seriously and later is the only one to stand up for him when he falls out with the other dwarves.
** Dori is often the last person to escape a tough situation, and also often the one to risk himself to help out Bilbo.
* SiblingTeam: Fíli and Kíli; Balin and Dwalin; Óin and Glóin; Nori, Dori and Ori; and Bofur and Bombur (plus their cousin Bifur). [[note]]Nori, Dori, and Ori are never actually mentioned to be siblings, but can obviously be assumed as such.[[/note]].
* TeethClenchedTeamWork: Though it's justified, concerning how miserable the conditions often are for them.
* ThemeNaming: As noted under SiblingTeam, all of the fraternal pairs have rhyming (or at least similar) names.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Dwalin has a rather inexplicable blue beard.
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[[folder:Friends...]]

!!Gandalf the Grey

See his character sheet in ''Characters/TheLordOfTheRings''.

!!Elrond Half-Elven

See his character sheet in ''Characters/TheLordOfTheRings''.

!!The Lord of the Eagles

->"''I hear wolves' voices! Are the goblins at mischief in the woods?''"

The leader of the Eagles of Manwë at this time.

* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Apparently he's named King of All Birds and given a sizable portion of the dwarves' treasure some time after the book.
* BackForTheFinale: Him and the other eagles show up at the Battle of Five Armies.
* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: A giant eagle.
* TheCavalry: Along with the other Eagles.
* GiantFlyer
* NoNameGiven
* TalkingAnimal
* WarriorPrince

!!Beorn

->"''A very good tale! The best I have heard for a long while. If all beggars could tell such a good one, they might find me kinder.''"

* AntiHero
* {{Badass}}
* BadassBeard
* BackForTheFinale: Shows up late in the Battle of Five Armies to kill the goblin leader, only then is the tide turned (even with the Eagles already there).
* BearsAreBadNews: Transforms into a big black bear. However, he only harms the villains.
* TheBerserker
* BigDamnHeroes: Doesn't get much bigger than a giant bear tossing goblins left and right.
* BigEater: He eats enough honey to need very large beehives.
* TheBigGuy: He is of immense size and strength for a man, and retained his size and strength in bear-form.
* BigOlEyebrows
* BoisterousBruiser
* BruiserWithASoftCenter: He might not like strangers and is a terror for goblins and wargs, but he loves his animal friends dearly and treats them like his children.
* TheCavalry
* DarkIsNotEvil
* FoeTossingCharge
* GoodIsNotSoft: Hunts and skins a wolf ''and a goblin'' then leaves them on display as a warning.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Forces information out of a Goblin and a Warg, then kills them.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Is disdainful of the dwarves at first, but then helps them on their journey by supplying them with provisions and shows up to fight the goblins at the end.
* MeaningfulName: "Beorn" is an Anglicisation of ''bjørn'', Danish/Norwegian for "bear".
* [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Our Werebears Are Different]]
* ShapeShifter: Known as a "skin-changer" in-universe, Beorn can assume the form of a giant black bear.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Keeps animals as his friends, rather than eating them.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting

!!The Elvenking
->"''Take him away and keep him safe, until he feels inclined to tell the truth, even if he waits a hundred years.''"

The ruler of the elves of Mirkwood. Later named Thranduil in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''; he sends his son Legolas to join the Fellowship of the Ring.

* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Arguably his biggest weakness.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Always referred to as "the Elvenking". He only gets a name in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* TheFairFolk: The king of them.
* FantasticRacism: Towards dwarves, rooted deeply within the common history of their peoples and further fuelled by the actions the dwarves take during their time under his 'care'.
* GoodIsNotNice
* {{Greed}}: Sets out to claim the treasure of Smaug, with no intention to share it with others - like, Thorin and the dwarves or the men of Laketown.
* HeroAntagonist: He's unequivocally on the side of good, what with fighting in the Last Alliance against Sauron and siding with Thorin and Bard against the goblins, but he's also arrogant, greedy, and bigoted toward dwarves, and stands firmly in the way of their quest. He learns his lesson by the end, though.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* PetTheDog: Offers to let Bilbo stay with the Elves and Men after he's handed over the Arkenstone, since he appreciates what an honorable person he is.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Ultimately.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Initially set out to capture the treasures of Erebor for himself, but turned around to help the people of Laketown when he learned about the disaster that struck them.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Became this after witnessing his father and most of his folk die during the Battle of the Last Alliance.

!!Bard the Bowman

->"''The dragon is coming or I am a fool!''"

The captain of Lake-town's archers, he is actually of the lost noble house of Dale.

* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: He is acclaimed king by many in Lake-town because [[spoiler:he kills Smaug]] and he leads the contingent of Men in the Battle of Five Armies because of this also. But [[spoiler:since Smaug had just destroyed Lake-town]] he still submitted to Lake-town's Master [[spoiler:until it was finally rebuilt.]]
* BadassNormal
* ChekhovsGunman: First appears unnamed, musing about the dwarves' arrival. He is later named and described in more detail.
* ColdSniper
* TheCynic: Known throughout Lake-town for his pessimism.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [[spoiler: Kills Smaug, the last of the great dragons.]]
* DoomedHomeTown
* TheExile: A NobleFugitive whose home city is destroyed.
* GoodIsNotSoft
* ImprobableAimingSkills: [[spoiler: Kills Smaug with one shot, through a tiny hole in in the armour of gems that had embedded into the dragon's soft underbelly over decades.]]
* NotSoDifferent: To Thorin.
* PerpetualFrowner: Is described as a grim-faced man, with a grim voice.
* RightfulKingReturns: He reestablishes the kingdom of Dale after the events of ''The Hobbit'', though not before Lake-town is rebuilt and restored to stability.
* RoyalBlood: Of the line of Girion.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: A bonus of being related to Girion.
* TheStoic

!!Roäc the Raven

->"''We would see peace once more among Dwarves and Men and Elves after the long desolation.''"

* BaldOfAwesome
* CoolOldGuy: A ''bird'' version.
* CleverCrows
* DarkIsNotEvil
* TheObiWan
* TalkingAnimal

!!Dáin II Ironfoot

* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* BadassGrandpa
* LastStand: Died at the same day the siege of Minas Tirith entered its final phase, defending the corpse of King Brand of Dale.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* RightfulKingReturns: As his closest living relative, he inherits the kingship over Durins folk after Thorin perished.
* RoyalBlood: Grandson of Grór, brother of Thrór II.
* WarriorPrince
* YouKilledMyFather: Decapitated Azog as a boy after the orc slew his father Náin.

!!Thráin II

* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil Being Tortured Makes You Crazy]]
* ColdBloodedTorture: Thanks to Sauron, who else.
* DisappearedDad: To Thorin.
* DoomedHomeTown: The Lonely Mountain
* TheExile
* EyeScream: Lost one eye in the Battle of Azanulbizar.
* HandicappedBadass
* MementoMacGuffin: [[spoiler:Inherited the last of the seven Dwarven Rings from his father, Thror, before the latter set out to recapture Moria. Gave it to Sauron while being tortured in Dol Guldur.]]
* NobleFugitive
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame
* PosthumousCharacter
* PyrrhicVictory: Him winning the War of Dwarves and Orcs.
-->If this is victory, then our hands are too small to hold it.
* RichesToRags
* TraumaInducedAmnesia
* WarriorPrince

!! Thrór

* DoomedHomeTown: The Lonely Mountain.
* TheExile
* FearlessFool: Walks alone into the orc-infested Moria against advice, gets killed.
* MementoMacGuffin: [[spoiler:Inherited the last of the seven Dwarven rings from his father and, before setting out to recapture Moria, gave it to his son Thraín.]]
* NobleFugitive
* OffWithHisHead: Azog cuts off his head.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame
* PosthumousCharacter
* RichesToRags
* ThemeNaming: He had two brothers named Grór and Frór.
* WarriorPrince

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[[folder:...And Foes]]

!!Smaug the Magnificent

->"''Lake-men, some nasty scheme of those miserable tub-trading Lake-men or I'm a lizard. I haven't been down that way for an age and an age; but I will soon alter that!''"

A dragon in the Third Age, Smaug is the last great dragon left in Middle-Earth, and the main antagonist in the Hobbit. Prior to the events in the story, he lay waste to Dale and captured Erebor, the Lonely Mountain, from the Dwarves. For two hundred years he hoarded Erebor's treasures.

* AchillesHeel: The single weak point in his armour.
** AttackItsWeakPoint
* AffablyEvil: Being erudite, Smaug appreciates good conversation.
-->You have nice manners for a thief and a liar.
* {{Badass}}: He's an ancient, powerful dragon, it comes with the territory (see Our Dragons Are Different). He also single-handedly destroyed a kingdom, killing nearly all of its people, and captured a city.
** BadassBoast: Biblo tries to make a comment that he and the company came for revenge on Smaug for everyone he's killed, he responds with a ''VERY'' lengthy one that's practically descends into a speech on how awesome he is.
-->Revenge! Revenge! The King under the Mountain is dead and where are his kin that dare seek revenge? Girion Lord of Dale is dead, and I have eaten his people like a wolf among sheep, and where are his sons' sons that dare approach me? I kill where I wish and none dare resist. I laid low the warriors of old and their like is not in the world today. Then I was but young and tender. Now I am old and strong, strong, strong, Thief in the Shadows! My armor is like tenfold shields. My teeth are like swords. My claws, spears. The shock of my tail, a thunderbolt. My wings, a hurricane. And my breath, death!
* BerserkButton: Conversations amuse him, but, [[DoNotTauntCthulhu NEVER insult or mock him]], [[EvilIsPetty he's doesn't that well]]. Also, [[{{Understatement}} he doesn't like being stolen from]].
* BigBad
* BreathWeapon
* CompellingVoice: Comes with the BadassBaritone territory.
* CompositeCharacter: Tolkien designed him as based on the two iconic dragons of the Norse lore (which he considered [[SeriousBusiness "the only true dragons"]]), Fafnir and the dragon that Literature/{{Beowulf}} killed. The former is the basis of his witty, sassy personality, while the later is the reason he flies, breathes fire, and is nigh invulnerable.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: "The Quest of Erebor" in ''Literature/{{Unfinished Tales|of Numenor and Middle Earth}}'', Gandalf states that part of the reason he pushed Bilbo into joining Thorin and Co. on their expedition was because Smaug knows the scent of dwarves too well for them to affect a stealth mission, but the dragon would likely not be familiar with the smell of a hobbit. Smaug, in his ultimate moment of GenreSavvy, bypasses this discrepancy of knowledge by [[spoiler: tracing the origin of Bilbo and the dwarves to Lake-town and attacking there instead.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: His reaction to Bilbo's theft of a single cup. Also a TakeThat from Tolkien against people who are both rich and greedy.
-->His rage passes description - the sort of rage that is only seen when rich folk that have more than they can enjoy suddenly lose something that they have long had but never before used or wanted. His fire belched forth, the hall smoked, he shook the mountain...
-->To hunt the whole mountain till he had caught the thief and had torn and trampled him was his one thought.
-->He would not forget or forgive the theft, not if a thousand years turned him to smouldering stone, but he could afford to wait.
* TheDreaded: No one even went near him for decades after he claimed Erebor. The Dwarfs, even Throin, are too afraid to enter the Mountain when they know he's there. It's stated that [[spoiler: many of the people defending Lake-Town would've just fled from Smaug without a fight when he attacked, if not for Bard's orders and constant encouragement]].
* EvilIsPetty: A mild taunt or taking '''ANYTHING''' from him, no matter how insignificant, is enough to provoke him to violence.
* EvilLaugh: In the book, his laughter is enough to floor Bilbo and shake the mountain.
* [[spoiler: FamousLastWords: The last sentence of dialogue he has in the book (not counting his thoughts when he's attacking Lake-Town). Even these are a badass boast.]]
--> '''Smaug''': They shall see me and remember who is the real King under the Mountain!
* {{Fiction 500}}: ''Forbes'' has [[http://www.forbes.com/special-report/2012/fictional-15-12/smaug.html done]] [[http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelnoer/2011/04/06/how-much-is-smaug-tolkei-dragon-worth/ extensive]] [[http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelnoer/2012/04/23/how-much-is-a-dragon-worth-revisited/ research]] on the question of just how rich he really is. The final official tally has him richer than Bill Gates, but not quite as rich as Carlos Slim Helu. Smaug is said to be the wealthiest character in fiction. Ironic that the wealthiest character in fiction can't use (and technically doesn't need) any of his wealth. [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped Then again, one of the major messages in the book is that Greed is a flaw; a negative, destructive trait (when Gordon Gekko said "Greed is good" he was wrong)]].
* GeniusBruiser: He easily deduces the situation from Bilbo's riddling, has memorised every single piece of treasure in his hoard, and the book goes into detail about how crafty he is.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: From the description, it comes close to EyeBeams. ''Literally'' EyeBeams in the animated 1970s movie.
* {{Greed}}
** Its important to remember though in the book Smaug is, like all dragons, obsessed with treasure, and will hoard as much as he can during his lifetime ([[LongLived which is forever unless killed]]). Yet he [[AllThatGlitters never enjoys a single brass ring of it]].
* HannibalLecture: In a sense his entire conversation with Bilbo is this, but in particular when he spreads doubt in Bilbo's mind about the dwarves and how (or whether) they actually intend to pay him his fourteenth share- there being nothing in the agreement about providing transport or guards for his journey home, and it would take longer than he has to live to even steal it all.
* LightIsNotGood: Due to the fire inside him, he radiates light.
* MacGuffinGuardian
* MeaningfulName: His means "to squeeze through a hole" in Old Germanic.
** The homonym with "smog" was probably deliberate as well.
*** 'Smug' is also a very appropriate homonym.
* NonMaliciousMonster: The strangest thing about Smaug? You probably could survive an encounter with him. If you appeal to his vanity and constantly praise him of course.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: They talk for one. The animated version has a head more resembling a ravening wolf than a giant lizard. The animated and live-action movies go for a saurian appearance as well, while Tolkien actually made a painting of Smaug himself and depicted him as more narrow and serpentine (Smaug is called a "worm"; the Old English form ''wyrm'' connoted both "snake" and "dragon".)
* PooledFunds: Smaug just loves to wallow in gold. He has a ''lot'' of it, considering he can burrow in and be completely covered, despite his vast size. InvokedTrope of MoneyFetish; it's ''his'', even though he doesn't spend it.
* {{Pride}}: And appealing to it is the only thing that saves Bilbo.
* RedBaron: Aside from "the Golden" above, Bilbo reels off a whole list of titles for Smaug at one point. The most common is "the Magnificent".
* SevenDeadlySins: He represents Greed; and it was Greed that summoned him.
* SmugSnake: Despite his [[GenreSavvy cunning and crafty mind]], Smaug is absolutely sure of his invincibility, showing off his gem-encrusted armor to Bilbo and never once considers the possibility of the hobbit actually finding [[AchillesHeel a weak spot]] [[FatalFlaw to exploit.]]
--> '''Bilbo''': Old fool! Why there is a large patch in the hollow of his left breast as bare as a snail out of its shell!
* SmugSuper
* StrongerWithAge: Provides the page quote.
-->I laid low the warriors of old and their like is not in the world today. Then I was but young and tender. Now I am old and strong, strong, strong, Thief in the Shadows!

!!The Trolls: Bert, Tom, and William
->'''Bert''': ''Mutton yesterday, mutton today, and blimey, if it don't look like mutton again tomorrer.''
-> '''William''': ''Poor little blighter! Let him go!''

* AerithAndBob: They're the only characters in the novel with modern English names.
* TheDitz
* AllTrollsAreDifferent
* TheCameo: Their petrified forms are stumbled upon by Frodo and company in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* FauxAffablyEvil
* ImAHumanitarian
* PsychopathicManchild
* TakenForGranite: When exposed to sunlight.
* VillainousGlutton
* WackyWaysideTribe

!!The Great Goblin

-> "''Slash them! Beat them! Bite them! Gnash them! Take them away to dark holes full of snakes, and never let them see the light again!''"

* BerserkButton: When he sees the dwarves' elven swords. He launches himself at Thorin.
* LargeAndInCharge: He's much larger than the other goblins.
* EvilOverlord: Chief of the goblins of the Misty Mountains. A lesser one compared to Sauron, but still.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: His goblins are mainly threats to travellers.
* {{Revenge}}: The Battle of Five Armies is caused in part by the Misty Mountain goblins wanting to avenge him, along with all the spoils for the taking. They stir up other clans of goblins and they all converge on the Lonely Mountain.

!!Bolg

* EvilOverlord: Leads the goblins of Mt. Gundabad.
* LargeAndInCharge
* PraetorianGuard: Has a bodyguard of similarly large goblins.
* YouKilledMyFather: He has a grudge against the dwarves due to the death of his father, Azog, at Dáin's hands.

!!Azog

-> "''If beggars will not wait at the door, but sneak in to try thieving, that is what we do to them. If any of your people poke their foul beards in here again, they will fare the same. Go and tell them so! But if his family wish to know who is now king here, the name is written on his face. I wrote it! I killed him! I am the master!''"

* CrypticBackgroundReference: He's only briefly mentioned in the text of ''The Hobbit''. His role is expanded in Appendix A of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* OffWithHisHead: He was decapitated by Dáin.
* EvilOverlord: Chief of the goblins of Moria.
* KarmicDeath: He started a war with the dwarves after beheading Thrór, where he was himself beheaded. Also, he taunted Thrór's companion by throwing a bag of coins at him. Years later, the dwarves put Azog's own head on a pike and stuffed that same bag into his mouth.
* LargeAndInCharge
* LightningBruiser: Said to be large and yet quite agile. May have murdered a defenseless Thrór but also slew the lord Náin in single combat.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: He moved into Moria after the dwarves abandoned it years before.
* PosthumousCharacter
* SmugSnake
* TinTyrant: He is described as being clad in full-body armor, even having an iron-clad head.

!!Gollum

See his character sheet in ''Characters/TheLordOfTheRings''.

!!Wargs
* HorseOfADifferentColor: The Goblins often use them as mounts, in the same manner that Men or Elves would use horses.
* SavageWolves
* TalkingAnimal: They have their own distinct language, although only Gandalf and the Goblins are known to understand them.

!!The Spiders of Mirkwood

->"''You were quite right, the meat's alive and kicking!''"

* CastingAShadow: The webs they produce are extremely dark, thanks to being descended from [[Literature/TheSilmarillion Ungoliant]].
* GiantSpider
* GlowingEyesOfDoom
* LovecraftLite: A fraction of their ancestry is demonic in nature, due to being the children of Shelob, and thus the grandchildren of [[EldritchAbomination Ungoliant]]. However, the demonic traits they inherited from their mother and grandmother are not as prominent (apart from the abilities to speak and produce webs of darkness), making them less like demigods and more like semi-sentient beasts.
* PrimalFear
* SpidersAreScary: They are attempting to kill and eat the dwarves, after all.
* TalkingAnimal: Justified by the fact that they're the offspring of the half-spider demigoddess [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Shelob]], who was in turn the child of the primal creature [[Literature/TheSilmarillion Ungoliant]]. However, Bilbo is only able to understand them because he is wearing the Ring.

!!The Master of Lake-town

The ruler of Lake-town, elected by the people. Akin to a merchant prince, though he's not royalty.

->'''People of Lake-town''': ''He may have a good head for business, especially his own business, but he is no good when anything serious happens!''

* AdiposeRex: Notably not the "Rex" part officially, but as ruler of Lake-town, he's still the head honcho.
* CorruptBureaucrat: Even when he is helping the heroes he is ultimately after his own selfish interests.
* DirtyCoward: He tries fleeing the city in his guided boat when Smaug attacks Lake-town, despite the cries of his own people in danger.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: No name given. But he is called "Moneybags" by the people.
* {{Greed}}: His FatalFlaw.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: His attempt to run away with the gold of his people leads to his KarmicDeath. But he was succeeded by a better Master.
* SleazyPolitician: When the people of Lake-town berate him for fleeing the scene too soon when Smaug attacks, he successfully shifts the blame on the dwarves for rousing the dragon in the first place (and he's not half wrong either).

!!The Necromancer

Also see Sauron's character sheet in ''Characters/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Characters/TheSilmarillion''.

* BiggerBad
* CrypticBackgroundReference: All that the reader learns of him during the book, and yet he is the link that connects ''Literature/TheHobbit'' to the earlier ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' and the yet-to-come ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Mentions of him hint of even greater dangers and older evils than what is seen on-page.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: Lives in one, later named Dol Guldur in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* TheGhost
* {{Necromancer}}: [[CaptainObvious Obviously]].
* NoNameGiven: Not until ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
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