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/MiddleEarthFilm here]].

See also character sheets for ''Characters/TheSilmarillion'' and ''Characters/TheLordOfTheRings'' (or [[Characters/MiddleEarthFilm the latter's film versions]]), which are set in the same universe (and, indeed, feature some of the same characters).


!The Company

[[folder: 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.
* AlliterativeName: '''B'''il'''b'''o '''B'''aggins.
* AudienceSurrogate: He's totally unfamiliar with all the lore and geography outside of the Shire, requiring its explanation.
* AwesomeMcCoolName: A [[ bilbo]] is a type of cut-and-thrust sword, similar to a rapier, that's often used aboard ships. It's an early clue that there's a badass Took within the little Baggins.
* TheBabyOfTheBunch: At the youthful age of 50.
* BadassNormal: The bravest little hobbit of them all.
* BritishStuffiness: Bilbo is very much modeled 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: Bilbo starts out as a rather bumbling homebody who's really not cut out for fighting, sneaking, or hiking in the wilderness, and tends to be more of a burden on the company than anything. He evolves into a more heroic figure over time.
* 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.
* EastwardEndeavor: Bilbo gets dragged into the dwarves' quest to get Smaug's treasure in the east. He's more or less useless at the beginning, but some incidents later (including getting [[ArtifactOfDoom the One Ring]] and saving the party from huge spiders) he becomes much more competent. In the end, his experiences turned him into a full GentlemanAdventurer.
* FireForgedFriends: His relationship to the rest of the Company.
* GentlemanAdventurer: By the end of the book he's quite embraced his adventurer persona. This also has the effect of ruining his good name in Hobbiton.
* GentlemanThief: Lampshaded. When he's offended, the dwarves assume that he's the kind who prefers to be called "expert treasure-hunter" or the like.
* 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: They're the central heroes of the quest for Erebor, and thus the book.
* {{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: Along with 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: Along with InterspeciesFriendship. He's considerably younger than the dwarves and especially Gandalf, but becomes fast friends with them,.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: The books establish early on that Bilbo is impossibly accurate when throwing stones, to the point that he could ''knock birds out of the air.'' (Note that there are plenty of claims that [[ credit slings]] with this kind of accuracy in the hands of expert practitioners.)
* 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.
* LineageComesFromTheFather: Subverted, since it's his mother Belladonna's Took lineage that's significant to his joining the quest when his father Bungo's Baggins lineage would have him stay at home.
* 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).
* 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.

[[folder: 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: While he's a leader on a fairly epic quest, he's also choleric and greedy.
* 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.
* BadassBeard: Compulsory for all dwarves and particularly the king of the Longbeard clan.
* BadassBaritone: Thorin is said to speak in a low baritone, particularly suited for singing, and quite intimidating.
* 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.
* EnemyMine: Thorin is forced to [[spoiler: team up with the Elves and the people of Lake-Town after learning that the Goblins and Wargs are marching to their location. Ironically, this is what prevents Thorin from becoming a FallenHero.]]
* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler: Has this reaction after Bilbo betrays him by giving the Arkenstone to Bard and the Elves to use as a bargaining chip.]]
* 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 soldier.
* HarpOfFemininity: Averted. Plays a golden harp, extremely well. And he's still easily the most (if not only) badass dwarf present.
* HeelRealization: [[spoiler: On his death bed, Thorin comes to regret his fall from grace, and honors the request to give money to the people of Lake-Town.]]
* 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: Although he grumps and complains about Bilbo being TheLoad, he ''will'' go rescue him when it's needed. And after Bilbo's CharacterDevelopment, he comes to have quite a bit of respect for the hobbit.
* TheLeader: Of the dwarves.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Thorin comes to rely on Bilbo just as much as the rest of them.
* 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). And technically "Oakenshield" isn't a surname, it's an epithet.
* 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.
* RagsToRiches: Reclaims his kingdom and his wealth.
* RichesToRags: The (once removed) heir to an immensely wealthy kingdom, but was driven out by Orcs.
* RightfulKingReturns: The goal of his quest, apart from killing Smaug, is to restore himself to Erebor's throne.
* 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.
* [[spoiler: SacrificialLion]]: [[spoiler: His reign as King under the Mountain is only a few days in length.]]
* SanitySlippage: Starts to lose it when he finally gets his throne and gold, but manages to pull himself back from the brink at the last minute. Thereafter he seems to realize what a jerk he's been and is more cordial to both his allies and enemies.
* 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: He's very long-winded and rather pompous.
* SurroundedByIdiots: His Company is composed mainly of dwarves... well... generally [[ConservationOfCompetence less than totally competent.]]
* 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.

[[folder: The Dwarves]]

* BadassBeard: All Thorin's company sport them.
* 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 die years after the events of the book, during an effort to reclaim ''another'' lost dwarf-realm: [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Moria]].
* ButtMonkey: Bombur suffers almost constant misfortune.
* TheCameo: Glóin's appearance in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* CatchPhrase: "[X], at your service."
* ChewToy: Pretty much Bombur's role in the books. He's one of the more prominent dwarves, but whenever the narrative mentions him, it's usually because he's suffering some misfortune, being made to go last, falling asleep on guard duty... Poor guy just never catches a break.
* 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.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: They're mostly PlayedForLaughs until they reclaim the Lonely Mountain and they show they're of a warrior race.
* 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.
* TheEeyore: Dori and Bombur both complain a great deal. It's justifiable since Dori's often put-upon carrying Bilbo, and Bombur does make some valid points himself.
* FatComicRelief: Bombur.
* FlatCharacter: Most of the dwarves do nothing to distinguish themselves.
* GrumpyOldMan: Most of the dwarves.
* HumanPackMule: Dori.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Most of the dwarves could be considered to be this, especially Dori.
--> ...dwarves are not heroes, but calculating folk with a great idea of the value of money; some are tricky and treacherous and pretty bad lots; some are not, but are decent enough people like Thorin and Company, if you don't expect too much.
* TheLoad: They serve next to no purpose for most of the book.
* ManInWhite: Glóin wears a white hood. By the time of ''The Lord of the Rings'' he also has a white beard.
* 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).
* 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.


[[folder: Gandalf the Grey]]

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

[[folder: Elrond Half-Elven]]

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

[[folder: 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 (presumably for his pivotal role in the Battle of Five Armies).
* BackForTheFinale: He brings an entire host of eagles to the Battle of Five Armies.
* TheCavalry: Along with the other Eagles.
* GiantFlyer: A giant eagle.
* NoNameGiven: This Lord of the Eagles is ''not'' Gwaihir (who features prominently in the sequel), but an earlier holder of the "crown".
* TalkingAnimal: Unlike most animals in ''The Hobbit'', he can speak Westron (the language used by Bilbo and company).
%%* WarriorPrince

[[folder: 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.''"

* AmbiguouslyHuman: It's not entirely clear what he is. His enormous size, combined with his ability to transform into a bear, seem to imply that he's not entirely human, but it's difficult to say what else he could be. Gandalf speculates that he's either a descendant of the bears who lived in the Misty Mountains before the Stone-giants arrived or a descendant of the men who lived in the region before the arrival of foul beings and beasts from the north.
* AntiHero: He's a very dangerous individual and Gandalf warns that meeting him at night, while he's in bear form, would be a ''bad'' idea. He's also not fond of dwarves--but he also hates goblins more, and will help if talked around in the right way.
* BadassBeard: Because bears are big and hairy.
* BackForTheFinale: Shows up late in the Battle of Five Armies to kill Bolg, the Goblin King: 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: In bear form.
* 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. If necessary he can use an even bigger, stronger form.
* BigOlEyebrows: Because bears are big and hairy.
* BoisterousBruiser: He's a big laugher and pokes fun at his guests.
* 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: In the Battle of Five Armies.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Sinister and perilous - not somebody you want to make into an enemy. But not a villain.
* FoeTossingCharge: This is how he makes his entrance in the FinalBattle.
* 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".
* OneManArmy: The eagles weren't enough to turn the tide of the battle against the goblin army. Beorn was.
* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: Tolkein drew on Slavic myth, not necessarily the more recent forms of shape-shifter myth. Beorn's ability is under his conscious control, and he retains at least enough human mentality to rescue [[spoiler: Thorin]] after he falls in battle. The power seems to run in his bloodline, since some of the Beornings after his time share the ability.
* ScheherezadeGambit: Gandalf gets the Company into his house in a two-part gambit. Beorn would have turned them away if they'd all shown up at once, but when they come two at a time while Gandalf tells the story of their adventures, it's easier for him to say "hello, sit down, shut up" than to interrupt the story by chasing them off.
* 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: Switches from being a man and a giant black bear.

[[folder: 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: He shows up personally on Erebor's doorstep.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Always referred to as "the Elvenking". He only gets a name in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* TheFairFolk: The king of Mirkwood's fair folk. More fey and mischievous here; the dwarves find them partying in the woods in a way similar to fairy rings and the king himself wearing a crown of flowers.
* 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: His pride and caution make him a HeroAntagonist, although later in the book he turns out to be an elf of compassion and principle.
* {{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: He holds the dwarves prisoner, but also provides aid to the people of Laketown after it's destroy by Smaug.
* PetTheDog: Offers to let Bilbo stay with the Elves and Men after he's handed over the Arkenstone, correctly guessing that Bilbo won't be too popular with Thorin once this gets out.
* 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.

[[folder: 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.]]
* BadassBystander / HeroicBystander: Effectively how he is introduced. Smaug is setting Laketown ablaze and everyone is running for their lives. A random man decides to stay and fight, and that man turns out to be Bard the Bowman.
* BadassNormal: Even the dwarves are said to use spells (albeit to ward treasure rather than any battle magic). Bard is an ordinary foot soldier with no special powers.
* TheCassandra: Warns that the Dwarves will bring trouble and that Smaug is coming for them. No one listens.
* ChekhovsGunman: First appears unnamed, musing about the dwarves' arrival. He is later named and described in more detail.
* ColdSniper: Bard is quite cool-headed and quite the marksman, though he's not evil.
* TheCynic: Known throughout Lake-town for his pessimism.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [[spoiler: Kills Smaug, the last of the great dragons.]]
* DoomedHomeTown: Lake-town itself.
* TheDragonslayer: He tries to become this when Smaug attacks Laketown. [[spoiler: And eventually succeeds.]]
* TheExile: A NobleFugitive whose home city is destroyed.
* GoodIsNotSoft: Everyone knows him as a cranky bastard; after Smaug, he joins the people camping outside Erebor hoping for some Dwarf treasure. But he's also a fair and just man.
* HyperCompetentSidekick: Towards the Master of Lake-Town. When the latter flees during Smaug's assault on the town, Bard [[HoldTheLine fights to the last]] [[spoiler: and ultimately kills Smaug. It reaches the point where the town wants to dispose of the Master and make Bard their new leader.]]
* 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.]]
* ImpoverishedPatrician: His grandfather was Girion, Lord of Dale. After Smaug's attack his family was left with nothing and he's a simple bowman by the time we meet him.
* LaserGuidedKarma: When Smaug devastated Dale, devoured its king Girion and plundered its treasures, the king's wife fled with her child to the neighboring town of Esgaroth. Decades later, the son of that child would face off against his grandfather's murderer.
* NotSoDifferent: To Thorin. A king in exile who wouldn't mind some gold.
* 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: The royal line of Girion have one [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower incredibly lame supernatural ability]]: they understand the speech of birds.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Once he appears he appears, Biblo is pushed to the sidelines, up until Bard actually departs from the story.
* TheStoic: His grim and gruff nature doesn't allow for a vast repertoire of emotions.

[[folder: Roäc the Raven]]

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

* BaldOfAwesome: Because he's 152.
* CoolOldGuy: A ''bird'' version.
* CleverCrows: Ravens are historically pals with dwarves. Roac's grandfather was pals with Thorin's granddad, and Roac's family keep themselves busy acting as messengers between Thorin and Dain.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Ravens are, of course, black-feathered carrion birds and thus usually symbols of death. Roac is considered a respectable and eminent figure.
* TheMentor: He actually ''refrains'' from advising the dwarves since their decisions are their own, but the dwarves greatly respect him.
* TalkingAnimal: He's a talking bird.

[[folder: Dáin II Ironfoot]]

* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Lord of the Iron Hills ([[spoiler: and later King under the Mountain]]) and a supreme badass who's a force to be reckoned with.
* LastStand: Died on the same day the siege of Minas Tirith entered its final phase, defending the corpse of King Brand of Dale - grandson of the man who freed the Lonely Mountain.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: There has to be an interesting backstory behind the ruler of the Iron Hills, right? His backstory includes numerous battles there against Easterlings, he fought at Azanbulzibar alongside Thorin Oakenshield, and he eventually died in battle during the War of the Ring.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Dain - far more than Thorin and his companions - is like the prototype for every dwarven warrior since.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He admits that all Smaug's victims deserve to be compensated. He and Thorin are clearly very different.
--> '''Dain''' ''(to Bilbo):'' Yet even though you were willing to lay aside all your claim, I should wish that the words of Thorin, of which he repented, should not prove true: that we should give you little. I would reward you most richly of all.
* RightfulKingReturns: As Thorin's closest surviving relative, he inherits the kingship of the Lonely Mountain after Thorin (and Fíli, and Kíli) perished.
* RoyalBlood: Grandson of Grór, brother of Thrór II.
* WarriorPrince: Killed Azog while he was (by Dwarven standards) a young regal teenager.
* YouKilledMyFather: Decapitated Azog as a boy after the orc slew his father Náin. He may have been as young as Gloin or even younger, but is only said to have been "a stripling" by the dwarves reckoning.

[[folder: Thráin II]]

* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Fought proudly in the wars of Dwarves and Orcs.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Thanks to Sauron, who else.
* DisappearedDad: To Thorin.
* DoomedHomeTown: The Lonely Mountain.
* TheExile: As the Lonely Mountain was claimed by Smaug, he and his people went into exile.
* EyeScream: Lost one eye in the Battle of Azanulbizar.
* HandicappedBadass: Despite missing an eye, he remained an effective warrior.
* MementoMacGuffin: [[spoiler:Inherited the last of the seven Dwarven Rings from his father, Thror, before the latter set out to recapture Moria. Sauron took it from him, with torment, in Dol Guldur.]]
* NobleFugitive: Always on the run, trying to make a living after the loss of his throne.
* PosthumousCharacter: He's dead before the story starts.
* PyrrhicVictory: Thrain won the War of the Dwarves and the Orcs. The dwarven losses were staggering.
-->If this is victory, then our hands are too small to hold it.
* RichesToRags: Lost his fortune and throne to Smaug.
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: In Dol Guldur.
* WarriorPrince: Was already fighting in the frontlines even before Thror perished.

[[folder: Thrór]]

* DoomedHomeTown: The Lonely Mountain.
* TheExile: Smaug took his kingdom, so he wanders.
* 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: A king on the run.
* OffWithHisHead: Azog cuts off his head.
* PosthumousCharacter: He's dead before the books start.
* RichesToRags: Devoid of his throne by Smaug's wrath.
* ThemeNaming: He had two brothers named Grór and Frór.
%%* WarriorPrince

!!...And Foes

[[folder: 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: Fortunately, Bilbo noticed it, reported it to the dwarves, and was overheard by a bird who took the vital information to the one bowman in Esgaroth who could talk to birds.
* BadassBoast: Bilbo 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 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 doesn't take that well]]. Also, [[{{Understatement}} he doesn't like being stolen from]].
* BigBad: He's undeniably big and definitely bad, but he does ''not'' fill the trope. While he is the motivation behind the hero's journey, he is not responsible for any of the problems encountered on the way, nor is he aware of the dwarves' intentions until Bilbo rather foolishly ''states it to his face.'' He has (and needs) no minions, and his strategy when he realizes he's dealing with thieves is a straightforward, but hardly brilliant "kill them, then kill anybody who helped them."
* BreathWeapon: He can breathe fire, per being a dragon.
* 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.
* 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 passed 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 Thorin, 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]].
* EvilIsHammy: When drawn into conversation, he's boastful, gloating and melodramatic. There are plenty of ways he could have called Bilbo's bluff about the dwarfs coming after him for revenge, but he choice to the route of lengthy BadassBoast about how nobody dared to challenge him in decades despite all the enemies he's made and brags about all the ways he can kill.
* 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.
* 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!
* FauxAffablyEvil: Despite being a megalomaniac, a murderer and a thief, he enjoys a good conversation, even with his enemies, and compliments Bilbo on his courtesy.
--> '''Smaug:''' You have nice manners for a thief and a liar.
* {{Fiction 500}}: ''Forbes'' has [[ done]] [[ extensive]] [[ 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 was once considered to be the wealthiest character in fiction until dethroned by Scrooge McDuck.
* 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}}: Smaug, like all dragons is 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.
* KnightOfCerebus: His appearance causes a big case of RealityEnsues. The company is helpless against him, and even after his death, they still have to face the consequences of his rampage.
* LargeHam: Quite possibly the single hammiest character in Toklien's works.
* LastOfHisKind: Smaug is stated to be the last of the Great Dragons of Middle Earth, as opposed to “lesser dragons” such as those of the Withered Heath, which were implied to be much lesser in power than Smaug’s kind. Although dragonkind as a whole persisted, the race of the Great Dragons died with Smaug.
* LazyDragon: Smaug appears to have simply been sitting on his gold for an exceedingly long time, until he is enraged by Bilbo stealing from him and goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* LightIsNotGood: Due to the fire inside him, he radiates light.
* MacGuffinGuardian: The Arken Stone was among Erebor's many fortunes when Smaug invaded and it's central to The Hobbit's plot.
* 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: Smaug is so vainglorious that under the right conditions, anyone could encounter him and walk away. Those conditions are: 1. Don't touch anything. 2. Don't carry any visible valuables. 3. Don't touch anything! 4. Grovel. 5. ''Don't touch anything at all.'' 6. Remind him of all the horrible things he's done. 7. ''In the name of all that's holy, don't touch anything.'' 8. Be sure to mention how rich he is, and how all your friends will be jealous of you just for having seen all that money. 9. Well, you know.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Smaug will always be a threat since he's a huge, flying, fire-breathing monster. However, his life's ambition was to win a treasure hoard to sit on and a quiet place to sleep on it, which he accomplished years before. He hasn't been actively terrorizing anybody in decades and as far as we can tell had no plans to do so - unless someone were to provoke him.
* 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 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: He's very arrogant.
* 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!
* VillainHasAPoint: Deconstructs Thorin's entire quest; pointing out how it would be impossible to steal the gold piece by piece and get down the mountain even without his interference. He also deduces that Biblo was promised a share of the treasure, but no transportation or guards for it, making it impossible to get it back home.

[[folder: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: None of them is particularly bright, being easily fooled by Bilbo and Gandalf.
* AllTrollsAreDifferent: These are rather traditional, excepting their surprising degree of intelligence and affability.
* TheCameo: Their petrified forms are stumbled upon by Frodo and company in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* FauxAffablyEvil: They're quite friendly for monstrous trolls.
* FirstInstallmentWeirdness: All other Tolkien trolls, while just as big and stupid, are decidedly uncomedic and not terribly interested in talking.
* ImAHumanitarian: They'd eat aynything, really, so they're not above eating Men, Elves, Dwarves or Hobbits.
* PsychopathicManchild: Rather childlike in their cruelty.
* TakenForGranite: When exposed to sunlight.
* VillainousGlutton: Eating is what they live for and what puts them against the heroes.
* WackyWaysideTribe: They only appear as a brief obstacle.

[[folder: 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.

[[folder: Bolg]]

* EvilOverlord: Leads the goblins of Mt. Gundabad.
* LargeAndInCharge: He's larger than most other Orcs.
* PraetorianGuard: Has a bodyguard of similarly large goblins.
* WeHardlyKnewYou: Is introduced and killed on the same page.
* YouKilledMyFather: He has a grudge against the dwarves due to the death of his father, Azog, at Dáin's hands.

[[folder: 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: He's bigger than his kin and is in charge.
* LightningBruiser: Said to be large and yet quite agile. May have murdered a defenseless Thrór but also slew the lord Náin in single combat.
* PosthumousCharacter: We only hear about him after his death.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: He moved into Moria after the dwarves abandoned it years before.
* SmugSnake: Arrogantly killed King Thror. Which didn't end well for him when the Dwarves went into a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* TinTyrant: He is described as being clad in full-body armor, even having an iron-clad head.

[[folder: Gollum]]

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

[[folder: Wargs]]

Wolf-like monsters living around the foothills of the Misty Mountains, the Wargs are allies of the Goblins, often joining them on raids on human towns and in their enmity against the Dwarves.

* HorseOfADifferentColor: The Goblins often use them as mounts, in the same manner that Men or Elves would use horses.
* SapientSteed: The Goblins ride them when they work together, but they also have their own society and speak their own language.
* SavageWolves: Like their Goblin allies, Wargs are inherently creatures of evil and enemies to the free peoples of Middle Earth. That said, a line is explicitly drawn between the evil Wargs and normal wolves, which are stated to be regular animals, and thus neither good nor evil.
* TalkingAnimal: They have their own distinct language, although only Gandalf and the Goblins are known to understand them.

[[folder: 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: They're big ass spiders.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: The company sees "glowing eyes, in the dark" watching them, before the spiders reveal themselves.
* 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]].

[[folder: The Master of Lake-town]]

->'''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!''

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

* 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.
* HarmlessVillain: He hardly even qualifies as a villain.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: His attempt to run away with the gold of his people leads to his KarmicDeath. But he was succeeded by a better Master.
* JerkAssHasAPoint: See SleazyPolitician below.
* 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).

[[folder: The Necromancer]]

A dark presence residing in southern Mirkwood that Gandalf goes to confront. Also see Sauron's character sheets in ''Characters/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Characters/TheSilmarillion''.

* 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.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Sauron had somehow kept his ''true'' identity quiet for a long time - it was during one of Gandalf's mid-book absences that he discovers the truth.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: Lives in one, later named Dol Guldur in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* TheGhost: He's mentioned often, but never seen on-page.
* GenericDoomsdayVillain: Since he's appears in the book on-page, he has no real characterization and exists only as a reason to keep Gandalf out of the story.
* GreaterScopeVillain: He definitely exists and will later be revealed as the canonical ultimate evil, but has no direct role in the story's plot, except as a device to give Gandalf a reason to leave the group for chapters at a time to go get information on him.
* {{Necromancer}}: [[CaptainObvious Obviously]]. Not of the zombie-master type, necessarily: Tolkein was referring to older myths of necromancy - the transfer of souls, the creation of a SoulJar and such...
* OffStageVillainy: While his evil would be elaborated on in later books, it's only hinted at without much elaboration here.
* VillainOfAnotherStory: One that would become far more important than the events of this story.