Characters: The Hobbit Film Trilogy
These are the characters appearing in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit film trilogy.For the original versions in the book by J. R. R. Tolkien, see here. For characters in The Lord of the Rings, go here for the film versions, or here for the book's versions.
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A group of thirteen dwarves, one hobbit, and one wizard on their way to the lost dwarven kingdom of Erebor to slay the dragon Smaug and reclaim Thorin's birthright.
- Adaptational Badass: Whereas in the books the dwarves are bumbling and accident-prone, ill-equipped for a dangerous adventure, the films make the majority into capable fighters carrying actual weapons — they go from a kind of Dad's Army type bunch to (in Graham McTavish's words) "Middle-earth's Dirty Baker's Dozen". That being said, the entire group prove to be badass at the end of the story, so the film just makes them badass earlier.
- Adaptational Comic Relief: While the dwarves have funny moments in the book such as their "Blunt the Knives" song, the film also gives them individual quirks such as Ori being a Man Child and Bifur having an axe in his head. Averted with Thorin, who remains dignified (having not been present at the aforementioned song) and is made more upset at the loss of his home. Also averted with Balin, somewhat.
- Adaptational Heroism: The dwarves are much braver and kinder than their counterparts in the original book. Most notably, they're much more protective of Bilbo and the younger dwarves, and their quest is motivated more by the need for a homeland than getting their treasure.
- Badass Beard: All of the dwarves (they're all part of Durin's Folk, nicknamed "the Longbeards" among the Seven Dwarvish tribes), plus Gandalf, possess one of these. Except Kíli, whose Perma Stubble, while manly by human and elven standards, looks downright babyfaced compared to the other dwarves.
- Badass Crew: More in the movie (where they are all armed, armored, and ready to fight) than in the book or animated movie (where they are repeatedly captured and have no weapons until they find them in the Trolls' hoard).
- Badass Family: The Dwarves of the company are related.Thorin: We are Durin's sons. And Durin's folk do not let others fight for them.
- Badass in Distress: Happens to them about four times, in which they must rely on Bilbo and/or Gandalf to rescue them. Gandalf himself ends up captured in Dol Guldur in the end of the second film.
- Band of Relatives: About half of the dwarves * are fairly close kinsmen. All of them play instruments.
- Beware the Silly Ones: With the exception of Thorin, who's simply an all-around Badass, all of the dwarves in the Company range from mildly goofy to downright madcap, but they're all a force to be reckoned with in a fight (even Ori, who manages to land a few good hits with his slingshot).
- Big Eater: All of them to some extent, but Bombur and Dwalin especially.
- Cleopatra Nose: Most of the dwarves have typically large noses. Balin's nose in particular is enormous, though it suits him well.
- Color-Coded Characters: Averted away from the book's dwarves' colored hoods in lieu of distinguishable beard- and hairstyles and weapons of choice.
- Fighting for a Homeland: All of them.Thorin: Why did you come back?Bilbo: I know you doubt me. I-I-I know you always have. And you're right, I often think of Bag End. I miss my books. And my armchair. And my garden. See, that's where I belong. That's home. And that's why I came back: because you don't have one. A home. It was taken from you. But I will help you take it back if I can.
- Jumped at the Call: All of the Dwarves. Thorin prefers having them over an entire army from the Iron Hills, as they answered when he called, proving their loyalty and honor.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The Arkenstone, the chiefest item amongst the regalia of the Kings Under the Mountain, and the recovery of which is one of the Company's main goals. It's clearly more than just a precious stone, but it's not clear whether it's actually magical, magic being exceptionally rare in Middle-Earth. Also, in the books, the Arkenstone was cut and shaped by the Dwarves to enhance its own "inner light," but the stone in the movie is clearly uncut, only polished, meaning that whatever illuminates from within is probably stronger in the movies than in the books.
- Fans and Tolkien scholars have long theorized that it may be one of the Silmarils created by Fëanor, which captured the light of the Two Trees of Valinor. Specifically, it's theorized to be the Silmaril that an elf, who had come to a truly biblical amount of grief over it, threw into a "fiery chasm," entombing it in the "bosom of the earth." This is considerably unlikely, however, since the Silmarils are fated not to return until Middle-earth's Ragnarok, where they will play some vital and non-specific role.
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Somehow played straight while simultaneously subverted. While the dwarves are all short, hairy, and crusty, they have great variety in their faces, beards, clothing, body types, personalities and weaponry. They also have accents that range throughout the British Isles — Yorkshire (Thorin, Fíli, Kíli, Dori), Estuary (Ori), SE London/Cockney (Nori), Scottish (Balin, Dwalin, Óin, Glóin), and Northern Irish (Bofur). The production team actually thought out how each set of dwarves should appear progressively less rich and refined the more distantly they are related to the royal line, ranging from Balin and Dwalin (Thorin's third cousins and close companions), to Dori and his brother in the middle (related, but distant cousins), to Bofur, Bombur, and Bifur (working class slobs not related to the royal line at all).
- Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: On its way to glory! This is even lampshaded by Balin.
- Thorin's response is a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: he's a dignified warrior-prince and many of the Company are just merchants, toy-makers, miners, and goofballs — but he's glad to accept any one of them over an entire dwarf army. Why? Because when he called the armies to follow him, they didn't come, but these few misfits did. One willing toy-maker who chose to be by his side on this dangerous journey is worth more than an entire army who stayed safe at home in their beds.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Besides Thorin, Fíli, and Kíli, we have Balin, Dwalin, Óin, and Glóin, who are also members of the line of Durin.
- Sibling Team: Fíli and Kíli; Balin and Dwalin; Óin and Glóin; Nori, Dori, and Ori; and Bofur and Bombur (plus their cousin Bifur).
- Theme Naming: As noted under Sibling Team, all of the fraternal pairs have rhyming (or at least similar) names.
- True Companions / Undying Loyalty: They're ready to go to extensive lengths for each other's sake.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Ready to go to each other's aid when needed, but you couldn't always tell it from just watching them.
- Weapon of Choice: Each dwarf has his own set of weapons in the film but this trope becomes subverted during the Goblin Town scene where their weapons get tossed around and mixed up. For instance, Ori ends up with Dwalin's hammer and does alright with it.
Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman)
"One day I'll remember. Remember everything that happened: the good, the bad, those who survived... and those that did not."A Hobbit chosen by the wizard Gandalf to accompany the 13 dwarves on their quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and its treasure from the dragon Smaug.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: The trend that continues from the original film trilogy, though Bilbo probably wouldn't even count as overtly stocky in the books. He is kept as middle-aged, though.
- Adaptational Badass: Bilbo gets far more action scenes and more impressive a body count compared to his book counterpart.
- Adorkable: Most hobbits seem to fall into this trope, but Bilbo's good manners, nerdy habits, and clumsiness are enhanced even more by the gruff Company of dwarves around him.
- Adult Fear: Along with Dwalin and Thorin, he's Forced to Watch Fíli's death at the hands of Azog. And then in Lord of the Rings, a now elderly and physically weak Bilbo must stay behind with the elves and Glóin in Rivendell while Frodo embarks on a very dangerous journey to Mordor to destroy the One Ring. The last time two boys he cared for went on a dangerous trek, both of them ended up dead.
- Audience Surrogate: Serves as the one that the audience views the adventures with and is typically the Only Sane Man to the group.
- Badass Family: His adventurous Took side, which is partly why Gandalf chose him.
- Badass Normal: The bravest little Hobbit of them all. However...
- Badass Unintentional: He never expected to be.
- Bait and Switch: In The Desolation of Smaug, it seems like Bilbo's about to tell Gandalf about the Ring, but instead says he found his courage.note
- Blatant Lies: After everything's said and done, he claims to have lost the Ring when called on possessing it by Gandalf, who clearly doesn't buy it.
- Blue Blood: Descended from the the greatest family of Shire-Hobbits (his Took side) and the patriarch of another wealthy and aristocratic family (the Bagginses, which also intermarried extensively with the other great Hobbit house, the Brandybucks), though he had no direct descendants himself.
- Celibate Hero: Like the book, he never marries or has any romantic interest.
- Changed My Mind, Kid: Bilbo attempts to leave the Company while in the goblin cave, feeling he doesn't belong among them on this adventure. After his adventures in the mountain, he forgoes the chance to escape with the Ring and returns to the Company.
- Character Development: Which, as with Thorin, kicks in much earlier in the movie than in the book.
- The Chosen Zero: Initially treated this way by the dwarves.
- Classical Anti-Hero —> The Hero
- Cool Sword: Sting, an elven long knife that glows when orcs are near, although Balin thinks it's "more like a letter-opener".
- Cowardly Lion: Although he does get braver and more effective at fighting through the adventure, he still believes that he's not really a hero or a warrior or even a burglar, just a hobbit who decided to stick by his friends, and generally prefers to avoid fights whenever possible.
- Deadpan Snarker: Being played by Martin Freeman helps.
- Extreme Melee Revenge: Bilbo brutally shanks some kind of Mirkwood arthropod that grazed the dropped Ring, showing that the Ring's corruption is getting to his head.
- Fire-Forged Friends: His relationship to the rest of the Company.
- Forced to Watch:
- When Smaug declares he's going to pay Laketown a "visit", Bilbo tries to stop him, revealing that he cares about the people of Laketown. Smaug is pleased, as he can make Bilbo watch as he burns the village. Sure enough, Bilbo is horrified by the subsequent destruction.
- The death of Fíli at Azog's hands. All Bilbo can do is stare and mutter, "No, no, no," as Thorin's eldest nephew is Impaled with Extreme Prejudice and then dropped at their feet.
- Gentleman Adventurer: Very polite, which clashes with the more bombastic dwarves, though Balin and Dori are closest to being civil.
- Gentleman Thief: Lampshaded. Bilbo even tells Thorin in BOFA that despite being a burglar, he likes to think that he's an honest one. Of course, this is right after Bilbo gave the Arkenstone to Bard and Thranduil, so Thorin's not as willing to laugh about or accept the thief part anymore.
- Good Is Not Soft: Bilbo is generally a friendly and polite fellow who prefers to use his wits to get out of a situation rather than use a sword. But when Thorin was about to be decapitated by an orc mook, Bilbo flung himself at said orc and killed him.
- Go Through Me: Bilbo does this after tackling Azog's mook and standing between Azog and the semi-conscious Thorin.
- Guile Hero: 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.
- He spends much of the first film slowly turning into one, from distracting the trolls long enough to let Gandalf come in, to his "game of riddles" with Gollum.
- The Heart: He's a Hobbit so he's been set up to be one, anyway. Gandalf even lampshades this — Bilbo represents a better world to strive for.
- In the Battle of the Five Armies, it's Bilbo who comes closest to breaking Thorin out of his gold madness, and without any threat of violence or war being involved. When Bilbo shows Thorin the acorn he'd taken from Beorn's place and states that he'll take it back to his home, plant it, care for it, let it grow, and remember his amazing journey with them whenever he looks at the tree, Thorin's sickness visibly begins to fade and Bilbo nearly gets through to him. And later, Bilbo's voice and words are the last hallucinations that Thorin sees and hears before he throws off the gold madness and finally returns to himself.
- Heartbroken Badass: When Gandalf said that Bilbo wouldn't be the same when he returned from the quest, he wasn't expecting to lose several of his closest friends. After the Battle of the Five Armies, Bilbo is so traumatized and broken by the deaths of Thorin, Fíli, and Kíli that he can scarcely talk about them. And then he returns home to find Bag End ransacked and auctioned off by his own neighbors and relatives. Not the same, indeed.
- The Hero: Not in part one, but just you wait...
- Heroic Resolve:Bilbo: I...found something, in the goblin tunnels.
Gandalf: What did you find?
Bilbo: ...my courage.
Gandalf: Good. You'll need it.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Thorin. It's particularly apparent in the third film when Thorin delivers a speech while dying in his arms. Notably, Bilbo is one of the few primary characters in Lord of the Rings who doesn't have one of these, or at least a best friend and close confidante. The death of Thorin would explain that particular absence, which is quite rare in Tolkien's primary works about the One Ring and Middle-Earth.
- I Did What I Had to Do: When it comes to preventing a costly and unnecessary war between the other factions of Middle-Earth, he readily admits to secreting away the Arkenstone from Thorin's grasp. By this point, all the other company members can see how bad their leader's greed is getting, and they're not as outwardly angry with him; some even agree with his necessary betrayal.
- Idle Rich: When Gandalf first finds him, in contrast to his younger self.
- Non-Idle Rich: Soon after, he became a central part of a quest that would secure the Free Peoples' northern and eastern flank against the forces of evil, slay the last great dragon, restore two great kingdoms of Men and Dwarves, bring about peace among Elves, Men, and Dwarves, and, tangentially, thwart Sauron's first attempt at a comeback.
- I Just Want to Be Badass and I Just Want to Be Normal: Bilbo is torn between the conflicting sides of his family clans.
- I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: Despite risking his life to save Thorin, he still believes that he's just a Tag Along Hobbit.Bilbo: I'm not a hero or a warrior...not even a burglar.
- Inelegant Blubbering: He breaks down miserably after Thorin’s death, and begins to cry-whine in grief.
- I Should Write a Book About This: He's not only the trope picture, he's also the original author of the book. Too bad he's also an Unreliable Narrator.
- In the Blood: Adventure seems to run in the family, if Frodo and Old Took's great-grand-uncle Bullroarer are anything to go by in Bilbo's extended line.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Though he never outright says it, you can tell from his facial expressions that Bilbo immediately regrets it when he tells Bofur that the dwarves should be used to living on the road and having "nowhere to belong", briefly forgetting that they lost their home to Smaug.
- He does say it at the end of the second movie when he realizes they've pissed off Smaug to the point that the dragon decides to bring his wrath down on the nearby Laketown.
- The look on his face after he brutally kills a young spider for accidentally touching the Ring screams this.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Probably the spiders would have found the Company in Mirkwood anyway, but Bilbo certainly didn't help by strumming the webs he found like a freaking guitar string, meaning the spiders could tell where they were. And he did it twice.
- Oh, Crap: When he sees Sting is glowing blue and remembers what that means, and when he realizes that Gollum figured out where his 'precious' is.
- As Smaug stirs, and he gets an idea of just how huge the dragon is.
- Out of Focus: A complaint of The Desolation of Smaug is that Bilbo tends to fade into the background until the end. The focus also shifts away from him in Battle Of Five Armies, but since this happened in the book as well, it isn't quite as contended among fans.
- Parental Substitute: To Frodo in Lord of the Rings, whom he adopted and raised after the deaths of Drogo and Primula Baggins in the Brandywine River.
- The Patriarch: He may be young but he's still the head of the Baggins family.
- Red Is Heroic: He wears a red coat.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Thorin's blue.
- Sacred Hospitality: He extends this to the Dwarves toward the end:Bilbo: If you're ever passing through Bag End, tea's at four, there's plenty of it, you're always welcome...Don't bother to knock.
- Sanity Slippage: He seems to show signs of this, considering his behavior begins to slowly but surely change under the influence of the One Ring. One notable example is during The Desolation of Smaug: when Bilbo briefly lost the Ring and when a giant arthropod accidentally touched it, he went completely berserk and murdered it very violently. After his outburst of violence and when the realization of what he's done sinks in, he is utterly horrified, and nearly throws up.Mine.
- Scheherezade Gambit: He keeps Gollum from eating him by proposing him a game of riddles. Tries the same thing on Smaug. That doesn't go as well.
- The Smart Guy: Bilbo's a natural intellectual who absorbs new information like a sponge and uses his brain instead of his brawn to get out of tight situations.
- The Sneaky Guy / Stealth Expert: The reason why Bilbo was chosen as the Company's burglar in the first place. Since the Company is only composed of thirteen dwarves of varying occupations, they were inevitably going to need a non-dwarf to sneak into Erebor's treasure chamber. So, even though Bilbo has never stolen anything in his life, he does turn out to be surprisingly good at sneaking and stealing, and manages to sneak behind three mountain trolls without them noticing him. And he only got caught because one of the trolls happened to have a itchy nose and grabbed him by accident to use as tissue paper.
- Staring Down Cthulhu: Bilbo does this with Smaug because running would earn him instant death, so he uses flattery to stay alive. He's also the only member of the Company who's willing to stand up to a deranged and very gold-obsessed Thorin, bluntly stating that he's not afraid of him and if no one else is willing to talk some sense into him, then Bilbo will try to do it himself.
- Supporting Protagonist: Though he is the protagonist, in the series it's Thorin who's The Hero of the story in terms of traditional character dynamics.
- The Magnificent: Never has "Barrel Rider" been a more badass nickname. Even Smaug seems impressed.
- Timeshifted Actor: Ian Holm plays the older Bilbo in the prologue, as well as Lord of the Rings, where he's a venerable 111 years old. Martin Freeman plays the younger, 50-year-old Bilbo in the main story.
- Took a Level in Badass: Bilbo goes from an ordinary hobbit, who as a responsible adult shows disdain for adventures, to killing a huge orc warrior, a warg, and fending off Azog to protect Thorin.
- Undying Loyalty: To Thorin and the Company. Bilbo makes it clear to the elves and men that everything he's doing is to help and protect his dwarven friends, including giving away the Arkenstone, which he is afraid will drive Thorin even deeper into gold madness. He even sneaks into Ravenhill, something that Gandalf thought was suicidal, and under the nose of Azog in order to warn Thorin and his nephews about the White Orc's ambush.
- Unfazed Everyman: It takes a long time and even at the end there are many things he finds awkward and frightening, but he does get there.
- Fittingly as he's played by the same actor as Arthur Dent, the original trope namer.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In the third film, he calls Thorin out on not keeping his word to help out the lakemen as well as not being himself after the former bargained the Arkenstone to Bard and Thranduil.
- What You Are in the Dark: When he doesn't kill Gollum, and when he's listening to the dwarves talking about him deserting them, after they all escape the goblins in the mountains. He's wearing the Ring at the time, so he's free to let them believe he's gone for good and go back to Rivendell. Of course, he reveals himself and continues the journey. The latter's only a minor case, though.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: He gives one near the end of the first film when he explains why he wants to go on with Thorin and Company despite the danger:Bilbo: I know you doubt me, I know you always have, and you're right. I often think of Bag End. I miss my books, and my arm chair, and my garden. See, that's where I belong; that's home, and that's why I came, 'cause you don't have one...a home. It was taken from you, but I will help you take it back if I can.
Thorin II Oakenshield (Richard Armitage)
"Some of us might get through. We kill the dragon! If this is to end in fire, then we will all burn together!"The leader of the Company of Dwarves who have set out to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug. As King of Durin's Folk he is the rightful King under the Mountain and the uncle of Fíli and Kíli, who are the sons of his sister Dís.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: He is played by Richard Armitage, after all. Though possibly a subversion according to the actor himself.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Thorin is notably much more stoic and grim in the movie version, compared to his original characterization.
- Adult Fear: Being Forced to Watch Fíli's death at the hands of Azog.
- A Father to His Men: He actively protects the Company and feels great responsibility for them. When they were escaping underground from the wargs, Thorin made sure he was last to jump.
- Anti-Hero: Of the Good Is Not Nice's category. In Desolation Of Smaug, Thorin is firmly this trope as he becomes more and more obsessed with reaching Erebor and becomes even more willing to Kick the Dog when it suits his purposes.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Thorin's most definitely this for the dwarves, who all look up to him both because of his leadership and his prowess in combat.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: At Azanulbizar. In the words of Balin: "And I thought to myself then, there is one who I could follow. There is one I could call King."
- Badass Baritone: Very deep voice. With a lovely song to show it off, to boot.
- Badass Beard: He's a Dwarf, so it comes with the territory.
- Badass Boast: To Smaug: "I am taking back what you stole!"
- Badass In Charge: As King of Durin's Folk and rightful King Under the Mountain.
- Badass Longcoat: Thorin's big leather coat only serves to make his bearing that bit more impressive.
- Battle Amongst the Flames: His confrontation with Azog at the end of the film.
- Battle Cry: Thorin shouts the ancient dwarven battle cry when he rallies his troops at the Battle of Azanulbizar."Baruk Khazâd! Khazâd ai-mênu!" or "The axes of the dwarves! The dwarves are upon you!"
- Best Served Cold: He spends decades plotting against Smaug the dragon for destroying his people's kingdom.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: He manages to kill Azog at the end of the Battle of the Five Armies, but is fatally wounded during the fight and dies shortly afterwords.
- Celibate Hero: Never married or had kids. Richard Armitage imagines that he might have lost a loved one or a betrothed during Erebor's fall.
- Character Development: It kicks in much earlier in the film than in the book. The Character Development in the first movie actually sets up more of Thorin's backstory than the book ever talks about (it's mostly in later Tolkien writings). We can still expect the same arc of development that Thorin undergoes at the end of the book to be portrayed in the third film, however.
- Cool Sword: Orcrist, an elven sword of Gondolin, in addition to his dwarven blade, Deathless. He loses both when the Company is imprisoned by Thranduil and gets a new sword from the armory of Laketown. He gets Orcrist back when fighting Azog at the end.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He was on the receiving end of one when attempting to defend Erebor against Smaug. And Azog inflicts him one in the climax of An Unexpected Journey, attacking when on top his warg.
- Dark and Troubled Past: 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; and then, when his people finally tried to retake Moria, Thorin not only witnessed the mass slaughter of his fellow dwarves in battle, but also the beheading of his grandfather at the hands of an orc, the death of his younger brother Frerin, and the disappearance of his father whom he never sees again. Very little seems to ever go right or come easy to the poor guy.
- Deadpan Snarker: Around Elrond in Rivendell.Elrond: You have your grandfather's bearing. I knew Thrór, when he ruled under the mountain.Thorin: Indeed, he made no mention of you.
- Determinator: Despite his many flaws, Thorin's unwavering determination to return his people to their homeland is nothing short of admirable.
- Deuteragonist: Although Bilbo is the viewpoint character, within the scope of the movie itself, Thorin is the most important member of the party, because he's the reason they were gathered in the first place.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Thorin does this constantly to Smaug while being chased by him. He uses it to his advantage to keep Smaug off guard and make use of his fire breath in an Indy Ploy.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Dies in Bilbo's.
- Disappeared Dad: His father, Thráin, disappeared shortly after the Battle of Azanulbizar, leaving Thorin to care for and guide the exiled dwarves of Erebor alone.
- Doomed by Canon: He, Fíli, and Kíli will be killed in the Battle of the Five Armies.
- Doomed Hometown: The Lonely Mountain.
- The Exile: Of the Noble Fugitive variety, until he made his temporary home in the Blue Mountains.
- Fantastic Racism: Thorin really doesn't like elves or anything made by elvish hands.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Bilbo, after Bilbo rescues him from being beheaded by one of Azog's mooks. They become even closer as the films progress, with Bilbo repeatedly saving Thorin and the Company as they near and finally reclaim the Lonely Mountain.
- Fighting for a Homeland:Gandalf: Destroy the dragon. Take back your homeland.
- Frontline General: Just like his father and grandfather.
- Genre Savvy: Has so far showed himself to be more competent then in the book, such as learning to trust Bilbo enough to rescue the company from the elves while also managed to pull off a Batman Gambit on Smaug.
- Gold Fever: Like his father and grandfather, Thorin develops this the closer he gets back to Erebor. Elrond even predicts this.
- Good Is Not Nice: Thorin, while unmistakably one of the protagonists, can be incredibly stubborn, proud, and quick to criticize, as well as discriminating against all things elvish (this last the elves probably earned, for not honoring their alliance with the dwarves when Smaug attacked).
- Go Out with a Smile: He dies in Bilbo's arms, smiling over being forgiven for his past actions and with the knowledge that Bilbo will be able to return to the Shire and live a long, peaceful life there.Thorin: Farewell, Master Burglar. Go back to your books, your fireplace. Plant your trees, watch them grow. If more of us valued home above gold, the world would be a merrier place.
- He's Back: When he throws away the crown and snaps from the Dragon-sickness back to his old honorable self. Not even his grand-father was able to do that.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Dwalin. They are said to have an especially close relationship, growing up together and sharing the bitter air of exile while fighting their way through numerous hordes of goblins and orcs. It's to the point that Thorin realizes the extent of his own Sanity Slippage when he finds himself willing to kill Dwalin.
- Eventually becomes this with Bilbo, to the point that the Hobbit was the only one he trusted during his period of Sanity Slippage.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Fortunately, Thorin's got Balin looking out for him.Balin: I fear for you.
- Honor Before Reason: Balin points out that Thorin doesn't need to put his life on the line to reclaim Erebor, since he's done well by his people, building them a new life in the Blue Mountains. Thorin replies that he has no choice in the matter because it is the will of his forefathers. He looks rather sad when he says this, showing what a burden carrying the honour of his line has become.Thorin: If this is to end in fire, then we shall all burn together.
- Bard, in particular, is very unhappy with this attitude, for fear of the life he's built with his family in Laketown:Bard: You awaken that beast, and you'll destroy us all... You have no right. No right to enter that mountain.Thorin: I have the only right.
- Bard, in particular, is very unhappy with this attitude, for fear of the life he's built with his family in Laketown:
- Improvised Armour: How he got his name — by grabbing an oak branch as a replacement when his shield was lost.
- I Was Quite a Looker: He doesn't look radically different from his days as Prince of Erebor, but tragedy and hardship have certainly taken their toll. The gorgeous, youthful, and smiling Thorin who appears in the prologue leaves no doubt where his nephews get their good looks from.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Azog's sword hand at the end of the Battle of the Five Armies. Even though he returns the favor, the injury still kills him.
- Jerkass Has a Point: It wasn't exactly smart of Thorin to turn down Thranduil's deal without a second thought, considering said deal was pretty much their only way out of the Wood Elf Kingdom, but he has a very valid reason not to trust the king. He rightly points out that Thranduil didn't aid them against Smaug when he attacked them — which is understandable, if cold — but he also turned his back on the refugees and refused to help them. Thranduil betrayed their trust; why should Thorin trust him now?
- He refuses to honor his deal with people of Laketown while Thranduil's army is present, while Bilbo tries to get him to help out of compassion. Thorin points out that it wasn't compassion that motivated the people of Laketown to help the dwarves, it was a selfish desire for wealth.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Is initially resentful of Bilbo, until he thanks the hobbit for saving his life.
- Kubrick Stare: Kind of inevitable when one is a dwarf.
- The Leader: Of the dwarves; a Type IV, according to Balin, though with some shades of a Type I.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's a lot faster, agile, and more durable than you'd expect a dwarf to be, and doesn't seem to have sacrificed any strength for it.
- Man Hug: Gives one to Bilbo, after the latter rescues him from one of Azog's mooks.
- Meaningful Name: Oakenshield, which is both a direct reference to the oak branch that Thorin used to defeat Azog at Azanulbizar and an indirect one to the acorn that Bilbo takes home and plants after Thorin's death in BOFA.
- Mr. Fanservice: He was designed with a "heroic" figure in mind, which amongst other things means broad shoulders and lots of muscles. The prosthetics department also admittedly wanted him to be "sexy". In early drafts of An Unexpected Journey, he even got a Shirtless Scene.
- Mutual Kill: He takes out Azog, but receives a fatal wound doing so and passes away shortly after.
- Never My Fault: As Thorin sinks deeper and deeper into dragon sickness, he refuses to accept responsibility for the destruction of Laketown and the displacement of its people.
- Nice to the Waiter: At the beginning of The Desolation of Smaug, when the waitress at the Prancing Pony brings him his meal, he thanks her very politely, and with a kind smile. He probably made the girl's day...
- No Sense of Direction: He loses his way when trying to find Bilbo's house.
- Older Than He Looks: In terms of the timeline of events presented in the film, Thorin is a youthful 24 years old when Smaug attacks Erebor, 53 at the Battle of Azanulbizar, and an impressive 195 during the events of The Hobbit, but appears not to have aged much over the course of these events. Perhaps justified by the fact that Tolkien's dwarves live up to an average age of 250 years old, so he's late middle-age.
- Parental Substitute: Tries to be a father to his nephews, Fíli and Kíli, with varying degrees of success.
- The Patriarch: The dwarves are fiercely patriarchal, since they are 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.
- Perpetual Frowner: Considering Thorin's life and the immense burdens he bears on a daily basis, it shouldn't be too surprising that his default expression is a frown.
- When He Smiles: But it's worth it when he finally loses the frown.
- Pretty in Mink: Befitting his status, his robe has a big fur collar.
- Pride: Thorin's fatal flaw. Gandalf even warns him about it at several points in the film.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: When he can see past his Pride, which is mercifully quite often.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Bilbo's red.
- Riches to Rags: Smaug's attack came without warning, so they didn't have the chance to evacuate and salvage any of the gold.
- Rousing Speech: He gives a pretty good one in Laketown, exciting the crowd and convincing the Master and the town's citizens to support the dwarves over Bard's protests.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Taking back Erebor is no easy task, but Thorin firmly believes that it is his responsibility as the dwarven king to reclaim his people's homeland. And despite his sometimes arrogant behavior, Thorin is also willing to do the same work and menial jobs as his fellow dwarves in exile.
- Sanity Slippage: He becomes more callous, more obsessed with claiming Erebor, and more ruthless the closer they advance to their goal.
- The Stoic
- Not So Stoic: Thorin loses his cool a few times when people he cares about are in danger.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Aragorn in terms of appearance, leadership ability, fighting prowess, and determination to take his place as the rightful King. But the burden of his quest is more closer to Frodo's, both of them sharing bouts of Sanity Slippage (including turning their swords on a friend) as well as being carried by the eagle's talons after the rescue from the fire, and they both leave Middle-earth - though in Thorin's case, he dies. It also helps that they both have piercing blue eyes and dark hair.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: Tall for a dwarf, that is. The Dark and Snarky parts are well in evidence throughout the films.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Compared to the original incarnation in the book, at least. In the book, Thorin casually mentions that the younger dwarves, including his nephews, would probably not survive the quest. In the film, he's much more protective of the younger dwarves as well as Bilbo, even putting his life at risk to protect them.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Despite the above, the closer he gets to Erebor, the more he becomes obssessed with it. It gets to the point where Balin has to call him out on it when he refers to Bilbo as simply a burglar, and his initial refusal to help him when they realize Smaug woke up.
- Unflinching Walk: Thorin does one as he confronts Azog for the second time, while surrounded by flaming trees and attacking wargs.
- Warrior Prince: He's easily one of the most skilled warriors in the Company and charges into battle alongside his fellows without a second thought.
- Weapon of Choice:
- Master Swordsman: He was shown using a heavy, two-handed dwarven sword before he found the slimmer and more elegant Orcrist.
- An Axe to Grind: An axe is also in his arsenal.
- The Straight and Arrow Path: He is seen using a bow a couple of times; when he hallucinates shooting a stag and when he gives Thranduil a warning shot while on parley.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Thorin is known to be on the receiving end of this; first by Balin for planning to abandoning Bilbo to Smaug, by Bard for the fact that his actions caused the destruction of Laketown and the deaths of hundreds — or even thousands — of innocent people, by Bilbo for not keeping his word or being himself after the latter learns the former bargained the Arkenstone, by Dwalin for becoming ever more obsessed with reclaiming Erebor to the exclusion of everything else, including the well-being of everyone, and by Kíli for letting others fight their battles for them while they hide inside the safety of Erebor. Yikes.
- You Are King of Durin's Folk Now: Whereas in the books, Thorin succeeded Thráin after a long rule; in the movie, Thorin is thrust into the kingship at the Battle of Azanulbizar when Thrór is killed and Thráin disappears. Fortunately, in the eyes of Balin and the others, he was not found wanting.
Fíli (Dean O'Gorman)
"We may be few in number, but we're fighters! All of us! To the last Dwarf!"The elder of Thorin's nephews who sets out on the Quest of Erebor.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards Kíli.
- To the extent that he willingly abandons the quest in order to take care of an injured Kíli.
- Boisterous Bruiser: It's good to be a merry young dwarf heading off on his first grand adventure.
- Dies Wide Open: Poor Fíli.
- Doomed by Canon: He, Thorin, and Kíli will be killed in the Battle of the Five Armies.
- The Dutiful Son: Plays this role compared to his reckless little brother, since he mostly does what he's told/what needs to be done without Thorin having to yell at him during fights.
- However, he openly defies Thorin in The Desolation of Smaug by choosing to remain in Laketown with Kíli.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: With Kíli; he is the responsible and somewhat more levelheaded one, since he's the elder brother, and heir to the throne.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: And then dropped off a cliff.
- Jumped at the Call: He and his brother are very happy to get to be part of the Company.
- Modest Royalty: His official profile describes that "his nobility is portrayed in bearing rather than any proud raiment".
- Mr. Fanservice: Albeit to a lesser degree than his brother (depending on your preference for facial hair).
- Nephewism: His uncle Thorin has no children of his own, but took both nephews under his wing and named Fíli his heir.
- Nice Guy: Compared to his surly and headstrong dwarven companions, Fíli comes across as pretty mellow and selfless. He's quick to befriend Bilbo, insists on staying with his injured brother in Laketown, and doesn't hesitate to protect Bard's children when their home is attacked by orcs.
- Pretty in Mink: Similar to Thorin, his outfit in the film has a fur collar and cuffs.
- Sacrificial Lion: He is captured during the assault on Azog's strategic encampment above the battlefield, and mercilessly stabbed and hurled from a ledge to land dead in front of both his uncle and brother. This inevitably triggers their Berserk Button, and spurs them on to one final charge.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Legolas in this adaptation. The latter also appears.
- Warrior Prince: As the eldest son of Thorin's sister, Fíli is his childless uncle's heir-apparent, and has obviously been trained in combat for the position.
- Weapon of Choice:
- Dual Wielding: He even has a cool back sheath where one sword is drawn from the top and the other from the bottom.
- Knife Nut: He's covered in them. Which leads to a humorous Extended Disarming sequence when he's captured by the Mirkwood elves.
- Cool Sword: He wields a two-handed sword in the third film.
- Drop the Hammer: An action figure of Fíli includes a warhammer.
- Walking Armory: See above. Dean O'Gorman describes him as being "like a hedgehog".
- Young Gun: He and Kíli are still youngsters who haven't travelled far from home before.
Kíli (Aidan Turner)
"I will not hide, when others fight our battles for us."The younger of Thorin's nephews who sets out on the Quest of Erebor.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: He's conspicuous amongst the rest of the dwarves for his lack of facial prosthetics, which from a creative point of view enhances his comparative youthfulness. The film explanation is that this allows him to be more effective at archery.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Blond in the book, dark in the movie.
- Ascended Extra / OC Stand-in: His most notable role in the book is dying in the Battle of the Five Armies, and is more of a Tagalong Kid with his brother. Even in the first film, he does little to stand out from the rest of the dwarves, but takes a central role in the second film.
- Determinator: The guy gets shot with an arrow tipped by poison. He keeps going for days afterwards and literally had to be ordered to stay in Laketown to recover; otherwise, he would have followed them to Erebor.
- Distressed Dude: In The Desolation of Smaug, Tauriel shows up to save his ass. Thrice.
- Doomed by Canon: He, Fíli, and Thorin will be killed in the Battle of the Five Armies.
- Fatal Flaw: His recklessness leads directly to his death.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: With Fíli; he's the young and foolish one. In An Unexpected Journey, Thorin even rebukes him, stating "you know nothing of the world".
- Heroic Sacrifice: When Tauriel is about to get killed by Bolg, he jumps on the Orc's back and gets a spear through the gut.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice
- Keet: Constantly cheerful and energetic.
- Leeroy Jenkins: He's usually the first to run into battle; at one point in the third movie Fíli even holds him back from doing so. It's also his Fatal Flaw, as rushing to avenge his brother is ultimately what gets him killed.
- Love at First Sight: He's clearly attracted to Tauriel from the moment he meets her.
- Mr. Fanservice: So much so that even the other actors nickname him "sexy dwarf" and "the hot one".
- Nephewism: Same as his bro, above. Richard Armitage claims Thorin has a soft spot for Kíli in particular.
- Nice Guy: He's one of the loudest protesters about Thorin's treatment of the Men and abandonment of his cousin in the Battle of the Five Armies.
- No, You: He shows the emotional range of a seven-year-old when Bilbo claims the dwarves all have parasites (fittingly enough, he's the youngest of the dwarves):Kíli: We don't have parasites! You have parasites!
- One-Man Army: Becomes one during his rampage against Bolg's forces in the third movie.
- Perma Stubble: He can't have a big, elaborately braided beard because he's an archer, so he has this instead.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Goes on one after Bolg kills his brother.
- Star-Crossed Lovers / Interspecies Romance: Regardless of how their relationship plays out, Kíli and Tauriel are already this, being a dwarf and an elf whose nations have hated each other for over a century, and whose races have been on bad terms since the First Age of Middle-Earth, thousands of years ago. Also, Kíli is going to die in the Battle of the Five Armies.Kíli: She is far away. Sh...She is far away from me. She walks in starlight in another world. Do you think she could have loved me?
- Indeed it doesn't end well. He dies and she's left banished from Mirkwood with a broken heart.
- Talking in Your Sleep: After Kíli is cured of the poison arrow and falls into an exhausted slumber, this is how Tauriel (and the audience) learns that he's crushing hard for her.
- Warrior Prince: Like his brother, Kíli has obviously been trained in combat and eagerly fights alongside the Company.
- Weapon of Choice:
- Bow and Sword, in Accord: The bow is his primary weapon but he also carries a sword for melees.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He's keen to impress his rather aloof uncle and gets embarrassed when Thorin scolds him.
- Young Gun: The second youngest and most energetic of the group, he's basically the dwarf equivalent of an 18-year-old human.
Balin (Ken Stott)
"Bilbo, if there is indeed a live dragon down there, don't waken it."One of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor, and second-in-command. He is the older brother of Dwalin.
- Badass Grandpa: He exhibits some pretty cool sword moves during the breakout from Goblin-town.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Bilbo.
- Of all the dwarves in the Company, Balin is the only one known (in the books) to have visited Bilbo at Bag End after their quest for the Lonely Mountain.
- Blatant Lies: When asked about the Dwarves' purpose, Balin responds "We are simple dwarven merchants," while they're standing ten feet away from barrels splintered by a fight with elves and orcs and hauling around absolutely nothing in the way of merchandise. Bard doesn't buy it for a second.
- Brave Scot: Is portrayed with a Scottish accent.
- Commander Contrarian: While his loyalty to Thorin has been unquestioned since Azanulbizar, during the Unexpected Party, Balin makes it clear he doesn't put much faith in the quest's success and tries to talk Thorin out of leading the Company to Erebor. When it's clear Thorin won't back down, he declares he's with him, and doesn't raise another question.
- This tendency can occasionally veer into What the Hell, Hero?, as explained below.
- The Consigliere: Ken Stott even called him Thorin's consigliere outright in an interview.
- Cool Old Guy: The oldest and most good-natured dwarf of the party, still a capable fighter, and the voice of reason for Thorin.
- Saved by Canon/Doomed by Canon: He can't die in this trilogy... because he gets slain by orcs when he attempts to retake Khazad-dûm in between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. It was in his tomb that the Fellowship of the Ring fought the troll.
- Doomed Home Town: The Lonely Mountain.
- Headbutt of Love: He and his brother Dwalin affectionately smash heads when they meet up at Bag End.
- The Heart: By The Desolation Of Smaug, he's moved on to being this. He's the one who openly shows concern and care for the group and tries his hardest to keep everyone going.
- He Had a Name: To Thorin:Thorin: I will not risk this quest for the life of one burglar.
Balin: His name is Bilbo.
- The Lancer: He's Thorin's second-in-command.
- Literal-Minded: A bit. When Bilbo greeted him with "Good evening," Balin agreed, though he predicted it would rain later. Later, when Bilbo interrupts Balin and Dwalin going through his larder with an irritable "I'm sorry," Balin mildly accepts his apology.
- Man Hug: He and Dwalin share a couple.
- Manly Tears: Sheds some after the Battle of Azanulbizar. He also gets quite misty when the dwarves finally step into the old halls of Erebor.
- Oh, Crap: When Smaug awakens:Dori: Was that an earthquake?Balin: That, my lad, was a dragon.
- Old Soldier: He was already fairly old at the Battle of Azanulbizar, and is elderly by the time of The Hobbit.
- Parental Substitute: To Thorin in the films since Thráin's disappearance.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Dwalin's red.
- Team Mom: A male example in order to contrast Thorin's Team Dad; he's very kindly and supportive. As the eldest and wisest dwarf, he's also the de facto leader when Thorin isn't around.
- Title Drop: As the Company overlooks the destroyed city of Dale:Bilbo: What is this place?Balin: This was once the city of Dale. Now it is but a ruin. The Desolation of Smaug.
- Weapon of Choice
- What the Hell, Hero?: Balin calls out Thorin's decision to leave Bilbo at the mercy of the awakened Smaug (meaning almost certain death for him) on the grounds that he cannot risk his life and the quest for the sake of a burglar.
Dwalin (Graham McTavish)
"Bilbo was right. You cannot see what you have become. The Dwarf I knew would never come to suspect his own kin of betrayal."One of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. He is the younger brother of Balin.
- Adult Fear: Along with Bilbo and Thorin, he's Forced to Watch Fíli's death at the hands of Azog.
- Amusing Injuries: Dwalin's right ear looks like someone or something took a large bite out of it◊.
- Bald of Awesome: Aside from the beard. In the flashback scenes, he has a mohawk, though.
- The Big Guy: Big for a dwarf, at least, and is the most battle-ready.
- Character Tics: Folding his arms over his war-hammer, which he does literally every time he's resting.
- Every One Has Standards: He's the most loyal member of the company, but even he found Thorin's greed too much after they reclaimed Erebor.
- Hates Being Touched: Shows shades of this in The Desolation of Smaug. On two separate occasions, he threatens someone about to touch him. However, since the two potential offenders were Bard and Bard's son, one might surmise that Dwalin only objects to being touched by humans. Of course, in both situations he was in a rather embarrassing position (being in a fish barrel at one point, and a toilet the next), and was possibly trying to save face.
- Headbutt of Love: He and his brother Balin affectionately smash heads when they meet up at Bag End.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Thorin. They are said to have an especially close relationship, growing up together and sharing the bitter air of exile while fighting their way through numerous hordes of goblins and orcs. He even remains "Thorin's staunchest supporter" with a fierce and unbending loyalty and has been more like a brother than a distant kin.
- I Call It "Vera": According to Graham McTavish, Dwalin's the kind of guy who'd name his weapons.
- Knuckle Tattoos: Written in Khuzdul. He also has head tattoos.
- Man Hug: He and Balin share a couple.
- Manly Tears: Sheds some after the Battle of Azanulbizar.
- Multi-Melee Master: He is seen wielding twin axes, a warhammer, a pair of knuckle dusters, and a knife.
- Old Soldier: One of the oldest in the Company, and also one of the most aggressive fighters.
- OOC Is Serious Business: When even he is calling Thorin out, you know things are bad.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Balin's blue.
- Saved by Canon: He is mentioned by Gimli to be alive and well in the boof of The Fellowship of the Ring.
- Undying Loyalty: Out of all the dwarves, Dwalin is the most loyal to Thorin; he saves his life twice in An Unexpected Journey (once during the first Warg attack, once during the thunder battle), gets highly offended when the Master of Laketown fails to show Thorin the proper respect, and they are seen fighting or planning together multiple times throughout both movies.
- Violent Glaswegian: Has a Scottish accent, and is always up for a fight.
- Weapon of Choice:
- An Axe to Grind: Notably carries two large axes named Ukhlat and Umraz ("Grasper" and "Keeper") on his back in the movie.
- Drop the Hammer: Besides the axes, he also carries a large warhammer.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Along with a pair of knuckle dusters.
- Knife Nut: And a knife. Talk about Crazy-Prepared.
- Walking Armory: Carries lots of weapons with him.
- Carry a Big Stick: After being stripped of his entire arsenal by the Wood Elves, Dwalin later receives a two handed mace from the armory of Laketown.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's never stated in the Lord of the Rings if he died or not. In the books, Dwalin's noted to have lived to 340, making him the longest lived member of the Company.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In The Battle of the Five Armies, he calls Thorin out on his greed and refusing to help those outside. He even appears to start crying as he tried to tell Thorin what he's doing.
Óin (John Callen)
"You're going to have to speak up. Your boy's flattened my trumpet."One of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. He is the older brother of Glóin and the uncle of Gimli.
- Astrologer: Glóin makes reference to Óin "reading portents" pertaining to their quest.
- Combat Medic: He's a chemist, a DIY surgeon, and Word of God claims that he serves as a midwife during dwarven births. He even oversaw the birth of his own nephew, Gimli.
- Óin is shown to take this role very seriously, and he willingly stays behind with an injured Kíli while the rest of the Company marches on the Lonely Mountain. He states that his place is always with his patient.
- Badass Bookworm: See Astrology, Combat Medic, and Weapon of Choice entrees for more info.
- Ear Trumpet: Sadly, it ends up getting smashed by some goblins in the first film. He's fixed it by the end of the second, though.
- Handicapped Badass: He may be deaf, but that doesn't make him any less badass.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: The filmmakers have theorised (either as a result of their casting him as a medic or as inspiration for giving him that role) that he coined the word 'ointment.'
- Saved by Canon/Doomed by Canon: He can't die in this trilogy... because he is killed by the Watcher in the Water during Balin's attempt to retake Khazad-dûm.
- Weapon of Choice A steel staff with a strap attached so that he can swing it around his head.
Glóin (Peter Hambleton)
"Herein lies the seventh kingdom of Durin's folk. May the Heart of the Mountain unite all Dwarves in defense of this home."One of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. He is the brother of Óin and the father of Gimli.
- Ancestral Weapon: He wields the same axes as Gimli, apparently passing them down to his son. It's revealed that Glóin's father, Gróin, had these in his possession as well.
- Call Forward: During the Battle of The Five Armies, he starts wearing an identical helmet to the one his son will wear.
- Fatal Family Photo: One of the rare aversions, actually.
- Fiery Red Head: In The Hobbit films, much like his son, Gimli. However, Glóin's later portrayed as having gone completely white/grey at the Council of Elrond in The Fellowship of the Ring.
- A Friend in Need: It's Glóin who represents the Erebor dwarves at the Council of Elrond, which revolves around the One Ring and the Baggins who have carried it. While Glóin himself was a companion and friend to Bilbo, Gimli also becomes the same to Bilbo's nephew, Frodo.
- Miser Advisor: Not willing to part with his money unless there's a very good reason. Glóin initially did not want to contribute his share to paying Bard for supplies and safe passage, but then he saw the Lonely Mountain...Glóin: I have been bled DRY!
- My Girl Back Home: He's one of the few married dwarves, and carries a miniature of his wife with him at all times.
- Only in It for the Money: Ultimately subverted in the second movie. He grumbles at the thought of parting with more of his money to pay Bard for safe passage, complaining that the adventure has bled him dry already, but when he finally sees the mountain he does a complete 180 and all but throws all his remaining gold away to get there faster.
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same: He's the most prototypical Dwarf in the Company: a stout, truculent, gold-loving guy with an axe and an impressive beard.
- Strong Family Resemblance: To his son, Gimli.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: According to dwarven standards, his wife is a renowned beauty, with a particularly impressive and fine beard. We actually see a picture of her in the second film. However, you could also hardly tell her apart from their son, Gimli.
- Weapon of Choice: An Axe to Grind, see Ancestral Weapon above.
Dori (Mark Hadlow)
"Come away from there! It's not natural, none of it. It's obvious, he's under some dark spell."One of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. He is the older brother of Ori and Nori.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Dori in the book was one of the dwarves to have a distinct personality; being a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who grouched and complained a lot but was helpful and reliable in a pinch. In the movie, he's much more positive, a bit of a dandy and a tremendous mother hen, especially towards Ori.
- Big Brother Instinct/My Beloved Smother: Dori has shades of this, particularly towards Ori.
- Camp Straight/Real Dwarves Wear Pink: He and Ori have rather "effeminate" mannerisms. Of course, this is by dwarven standards, so it can be taken with a grain of salt. Also, he's trying hard to come off as a Cultured Warrior (see below).
- Cultured Warrior: He enjoys a pot of camomile tea, and is apparently something of a wine connoisseur, advising Gandalf of a "fruity bouquet" before passing him a glass of red. According to the costume team, he was deliberately given the most elaborately braided hair to reflect his rather more fastidious, cultured nature. The root cause of this is his Nouveau Riche status (see below).
- Genius Bruiser: Word of God states that despite being a persnickety dandy by dwarven standards, Dori is actually the strongest in terms of strength in the Company.
- Lethal Chef: The other dwarves apparently dread his cooking.
- Nouveau Riche: The production team settled on this as one of the major characteristics of Dori and his brothers. The higher-ranking dwarves are close relatives of Thorin and the royal line of Durin (Balin, Dwalin, Glóin, and Óin are his third cousins). Dori and his brothers are of the line of Durin but from a minor branch only distantly related to Thorin (so distant that they do not appear on the short family tree that Tolkien provided). They are the proverbial poor country cousins compared to Thorin's close relatives who were princes, lords, and captains — though they are still prosperous merchants. So, as they explain in the behind-the-scenes videos, the idea they came up with is that Dori is overcompensating, trying to show off how cultured he is (displaying knowledge of wine and camomile tea) in an attempt to appear more equal to their more highly ranking relatives like Thorin and Balin.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: He's much more responsible and law-abiding than his middle brother.
- Team Mom: A male example, at least as far as Ori is concerned.
- Weapon of Choice: His bolas and swords, and later a mace and shield.
Nori (Jed Brophy)
"Be quiet! I can't hear when you're thumping! It should be right..."One of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. He is the middle brother of Dori and Ori.
- Artful Dodger: Many of the Erebor dwarves who were young at the time of Smaug's attack probably fell into this category, but Nori still lives up to it during the first film.
- Casting Gag: Brophy and Jackson go way back, and he had played several orcs, an elf, and a man in The Lord of the Rings. His young son, Sadwyn Brophy, also played Eldarion, the yet-unborn son of Aragorn and Arwen.
- Improbable Hairstyle: In the film, Nori sports a striking tri-lobed bouffant with his long eyebrows braided into it.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: He's noted as being the polar opposite of Dori and Ori and rarely sees eye-to-eye with them.
- Sticky Fingers: In keeping with his shady persona, Nori can be seen stealing silverware, candles, and various other fancy things while in Rivendell. He's later busted when the goblins rip apart their packs, both Dori and Dwalin giving him withering glares of disbelief.
- Weapon of Choice:
- Wild Card: He's the most elusive member of the Company, but he genuinely cares for his brothers and can generally be trusted to do the right thing in the end. What Nori does leading up to that, though, can be quite dodgy or outright illegal at times.
Ori (Adam Brown)
"Excuse me, I'm sorry to interrupt. But what should do with my plate?"One of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. He is the younger brother of Dori and Nori.
- Adorkable: Like Bilbo, he's well-mannered, nerdy, and prefers books over adventure in his daily life.
- Apocalyptic Log: The Fellowship finds it years later.
- Badass Bookworm: Becomes one later, during Balin's expedition to Khazad-dûm, where he serves as the expedition's chief chronicler and one of Balin's captains.
- Camp Straight/Real Dwarves Wear Pink: He and Dori have rather "effeminate" mannerisms.
- Doomed by Canon/Saved by Canon: He can't die in this trilogy... because he's killed by orcs during the attempt to retake Khazad-dûm in between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He and some of the other colonists live long enough to bury Balin properly, and his corpse is the one in Balin's tomb that Gandalf takes the book from.
- Drop the Hammer: When he uses Dwalin's hammer in the Misty Mountains.
- Geek Physique: He's quite skinny for a dwarf.
- Early-Bird Cameo: As a skeleton in Moria in Fellowship.
- Future Badass: Is one of the last surviving dwarves of Balin's expedition to Khazad-dûm, which automatically makes him a badass. In one of the flashback missions in The Lord of the Rings Online, you play as Ori, who wields a massive two-handed axe, is nearly unkillable, and can destroy hordes of orcs single-handed (literally, because he wields the two-hander in one hand).
- Man Child: Dori even treats him as such.
- Oh, Crap: His expression when the Great Goblin orders his cronies to kill the dwarves "starting with the youngest".
- And when a warg shrugs off a hit from his slingshot.
- One-Handed Zweihänder: In LOTRO, Ori uses a giant two-headed battleaxe in one hand.
- Picky Eater: He doesn't like green food.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With his two brothers.
- The Smart Guy: Ori is a talented artist, and can often be found drawing and writing in his journal. It is Ori who chronicles much of the journey through The Wild to the shores of the Long Lake and the slopes of The Lonely Mountain.
- Weapon of Choice: He wields a slingshot and a knife at first, but will later grow to wield a hug axe.
Bifur (William Kircher)
One of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. He is the older cousin of Bofur and Bombur.
- Amusing Injuries: He has a chunk of axe sticking out of his head.
- Best Served Cold: While not explicitly canon, Kircher's personal theory is that he's searching for the Orc who put the ax in his head so he can Return to Sender.
- Big, Thin, Short Trio: He's the short one.
- Handicapped Badass: In spite of his brain damage, he is still an equally capable fighter, and is mentioned to face down charging boars.Óin: He's got an injury.
Bilbo: You mean the axe in his head?
[Óin picks up ear-trumpet, mishearing Bilbo's last word]
Óin: Dead? No, only between his ears. His legs work fine.
- Hidden Depths: Kircher said that one of the things he's most interested in with playing Bifur is that his head injury has made him a bit erratic and at times he can have bursts of angry behavior, but he is also a toymaker, and hand-makes beautiful, delicate creations. Bifur is seen in one video with an intricate hand-carved bird whose wings actually flap when you pull on strings.
- The Unintelligible: Possibly due to his head injury, Bifur only speaks in Ancient Khuzdul (Dwarvish). Only Gandalf can understand exactly what he says since the other dwarves only understand a more modern form of the language.
- Bifur also appears to communicate through Iglishmêk, which is the dwarven version of sign language that all dwarves learn simultaneously with Khuzdul in early childhood.
- Weapon of Choice
- Working Class Hero: Like his cousins, he's not descended from Durin or any other noble line. His actual occupation is a toy-maker.
Bofur (James Nesbitt)
"Oh, did you hear that, lads? He says we'll blunt the knives!"One of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. He is the brother of Bombur and the younger cousin of Bifur.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: He is noticeably thin and has well-groomed facial hair for a dwarf, probably due to his larger role requiring more human facial expressions.
- Ascended Extra: In the novel, most of the dwarves were pretty generic and Bofur was no exception. In the first movie, his actor is billed ahead of Ken Stott's Balin (the best characterized dwarf in the novel after Thorin).
- Big Brother Instinct: He's very upset when Bilbo tries to leave the Company and can be seen pushing Bilbo towards the center of the group during dangerous situations.
- Big, Thin, Short Trio: He's the thin one.
- Expy: Visually, at least, he and Bombur owe a lot to Asterix and Obelix.
- Deadpan Snarker: At times, he matches Bilbo's Deadpan Snarker with rather witty comments.
- Fun Personified: As the movies' Plucky Comic Relief, he not only gets a huge number of funny lines but is also quite the party lion.
- Gallows Humor: Bofur's stock in trade (though whether he means it to be humorous, or is simply incredibly blunt, is still unclear).
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Bofur's comment about croquet being a fun game "if you've got the balls for it."
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When Bilbo is ready to leave, he sympathizes with Bilbo on his desire to return home.
- Missed the Call: He drinks himself into a coma at Laketown, and oversleeps past the other dwarves leaving for Erebor.
- Nice Hat: Its floppy ears match Bofur's own braided pigtails.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Suffers from this from time to time; he's pretty good at saying the exact wrong thing at the exact wrong time.
- Tempting Fate: After the harrowing descent in Goblin-town:Bofur: Well, that could have been worse.
[The Great Goblin's corpse falls on the Dwarves]
Dwalin: You've got to be joking!
- Troll: If someone's going to screw with the other members of the Company, it's probably going to be Bofur.Bofur: Think furnace...with wings. Flash of light, searing pain, then poof, you're nothing more than a pile of ash.
- Weapon of Choice: He wields a mattock that has a hammer on one side and an adze on the other.
- Working Class Hero: Like his brother and cousin, he's not descended from Durin or any other noble line. Although originally a miner in Erebor, Bofur now works as a toy-maker alongside his older cousin.
Bombur (Stephen Hunter)
One of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. He is the brother of Bofur and the younger cousin of Bifur.
- Acrofatic: Bombur may be grossly overweight, but he uses it to good effect when fighting and can keep up with the other dwarves when it's time to run.
- When chased by Beorn, he's shown to outrun most of the Dwarves despite starting at the rear.
- Big Eater: When Bilbo sees him taking three cheeses from his pantry, we get this line from Bofur.Bofur: Cheese knife? He eats it by the block!
- Big, Thin, Short Trio: He's the big one out of his relatives.
- Butt Monkey: Tends to be the butt of the other dwarves' jokes, though he is by no means the Chew Toy that his book counterpart is.
- Fat Comic Relief: His main role in the films.
- Expy: He looks and acts a lot like Obelix, which fits since his brother Bofur bears more than a passig resemblance to Asterix.
- The Casanova: All There in the Manual. He's surprisingly successful with the ladies and has fourteen children.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite his role as the comic relief, Bombur is seen to be an incredibly improvising fighter and frequently hurls himself into the fray with reckless abandon, using his weight to his advantage. See the Acrofatic and Stout Strength entries for more info.
- Meaningful Name: His name means "fat" in Old Norse.
- Stout Strength:
- During the escape from the goblins, Bombur can be seen barely slowing down as several goblins climb on him. He then power-bombs them all by using his weight to smash down to a lower gantry. He may not be very fast, but clearly it takes a lot to stop him once he gets moving.
- In the second film, while escaping from the Wood Elves, Bombur's barrel gets knocked out of the river and bounces all the way down the bank before coming to a stop in the middle of an orc group. Bombur's response? Burst his arms and legs out of the barrel's sides, grab an orc weapon in each hand, and fight his way out like a tornado, all the while wearing the barrel as a makeshift suit of armor.
- Team Chef: The studio released the following statement about him: "Brother to Bofur and cousin to Bifur, Bombur is the chief cook amongst The Company".
- The Voiceless: He speaks only one word in entirety of there trilogy. The closest he gets otherwise is noises made while exerting himself (and some muffled screams when about to be eaten by spiders). This is apparently due to shyness and constantly having food in his mouth.
- Weapon of Choice
- Frying Pan of Doom: A soup ladle. It looks about as heavy as a frying pan, too.
- Knife Nut: A meat cleaver, specifically.
- Fork Fencing: He also has a large skewer.
- Chain Pain: It's been revealed that he can use his beard as a garrote to draw enemies in against his stomach to dispatch them.
- Epic Flail: In the third film, he is seen wielding a huge flail that he flings around like a wrecking ball he himself already is.
- Working Class Hero: Like his brother and cousin, he's not descended from Durin or any other noble line. Hunter says he's an architect and engineer by trade.
Friends and relatives
Radagast the Brown
Radagast the Brown (Sylvester McCoy)
"Just give me a minute. Um...Oh! I had a thought and now I've lost it. It was...it was right there, on the tip of my tongue! Oh! It's not a thought at all! It's a silly old... stick insect."One of the five Istari sent to Middle-earth to aid the Free Peoples by the Valar. In addition to combating Sauron, Radagast was also given the additional task of watching over Middle-earth's flora and fauna by the Vala Yavanna (who he served as a Maia). By far the silliest-looking of their number, he is nonetheless a formidable foe of the evil infesting Mirkwood, and the first to realize the threat growing in Dol Guldur.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Apart from Gandalf he doesn't get that much respect from the rest of the Wise and is never part of the (onscreen) White Council (it's implied Saruman had something to with that). Indeed, when Gandalf is rescued from Dol Guldur he's in a non-combatant role. He gets Gandalf out and that's it.
- Adaptational Badass: The books never show how capable he is, as he barely appears at all, but in the first film he fights off the Witch-King himself with ease!
- Adaptational Comic Relief: His book counterpart was more of a mysterious character than a funny one.
- Badass Adorable: To an extent. His rabbits, on the other hand, are definitely this.
- Badass Grandpa: Much like Gandalf and Saruman.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He may seem silly, but he's still a Wizard, which puts him on equal footing with Gandalf and Saruman.
- Big Damn Heroes: Shows up to rescue Gandalf from Dol Gurdur in the third movie, and again with the eagles in the climax.
- Bunnies for Cuteness: The movies invented the idea that he travels on a sled pulled by giant rabbits, who can outrun wargs and bats.
- Animals Not to Scale: Actually an aversion. At first, Jackson and his production team thought they'd have to design larger than real life rabbits, designing them from scratch so they'd have to spend extra time figuring out their musculature and movement. There was also some slight worry that rabbits large enough to pull the sled would seem a bit too fantastic (granted, in a movie with a dragon in it). Then they did some research and found out that the largest rabbit breed, the Flemish Giant rabbit, actually does grow as big as sled-dogs. So Radagast's rabbits actually are based on real-life animals.
- Canon Immigrant: From The Lord of the Rings; in the book of The Hobbit he is only mentioned in passing. However, he was cut out of The Movie of The Lord of the Rings, so perhaps it's only fair.
- The Cavalry: Arrives at the Battle of the Five Armies with the Eagles and Beorn. As Gandalf told him to gather the birds and beasts it's likely he was responsible for this.
- Character Exaggeration: He wasn't described much in Tolkien's writings other than being more interested in the forests than the people of Middle-earth. In the film, he's clearly more absent-minded and even rides a sled pulled by rabbits.
- Chekhov's Gun: Word of God says that his staff is the second one used by Gandalf in LOTR, the first having been taken from him by Saruman. See here◊.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: He lets birds nest under his hat, for starters.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: People like Elrond and Saruman don't take him seriously at all, but he banishes a herd of marauding spiders from his home with arcane power-word incantations (and brings an adorable hedgehog named Sebastian back from the dead — well, mostly dead), faces off against an uncloaked Nazgûl without blinking and leads a warband of orcs on a merry chase with his rabbit sled without a care in the world.
- And apparently, it wasn't just any old wraith in a dark cloak. Evidence points out it was the Witch-King himself.
- Is the most powerful wizard in Middle-earth besides Saruman and Gandalf, and won't clean the bird poop from his hair.
- Which might be a reference to a previous eccentric hidden badass Sylvester played.
- Druid: The basis of his design and character, albeit a highly eccentric variation.
- Foil: To Saruman. They both live in isolation as opposed to wandering around Middle-earth like Gandalf. But while Saruman lives in the regal tower of Orthanc, Radagast lives in a humble ramshackle cottage called Rhosgobel. Radagast cares for the trees and animals as his friends, while Saruman with his mind of "metal and wheels" sees trees as only fuel for his war engines, including the ones inside Isengard's park.
- Freudian Trio: The Id to Saruman's Superego and Gandalf's Ego. He's also played by Sylvester McCoy.
- Friend to All Living Things: His hair is a bird's nest, so you know it. He also uses his powers to bring back a hedgehog from near death.
- G-Rated Drug: Mushrooms, according to Saruman.
- The Hermit: Lives alone except for his animal friends
- Horse of a Different Color: In the movie, he drives a sled pulled by rabbits.
- Nature Lover: He spends most of his time in the Greenwood looking after the plants and animals (in addition to defeating Sauron, he was also tasked by Yavanna to look after the wildlife of Middle-earth). When the Necromancer's Shadow turns it into Mirkwood he freaks out, because not even he can stop it.
- His home Rhosgobel has a tree growing through it — it wasn't built around the tree, a sapling sprouted up in his house and over many years grew into a huge tree and deformed the walls of his home, which he just modified and repaired to fit around it. As Jackson explained in a behind-the-scenes video, it's not that Radagast didn't notice that the sapling was getting too big, but he is firmly against taking any life if he doesn't have to, he doesn't destroy, so he just adapted to make space and let nature be. A complete contrast with Saruman's future views about nature, that forests as just fuel to burn.
- Nice Hat: An ushanka, specifically.
- The Needs of the Many: In The Desolation of Smaug he persuades Gandalf that helping the Company is less important than saving the world.
- OOC Is Serious Business: He gets this in The Desolation of Smaug. His silly aspects are mostly gone, and he becomes more grim and serious as he says "the world is in grave danger" when he realizes the full extent of the threat.
- The Pig Pen: He's got a bird's nest in his hair, so it's natural that he's got a huge trail of accumulated and dried-up bird dung down the side of his head.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: His only mentioned power. Most characters seem to think it's a bit useless.
- As McCoy explained in his behind-the-scenes video on Radagast, this is sort of in real life, too: McCoy already knew how to make very accurate bird-calls and has been doing so for years. So when Radagast whistles and chirps at birds, that isn't an added sound effect, that's the actor actually "speaking fluent Bird".
- Stealth Hi/Bye: When Gandalf is investigating the tomb of the Nazgûl, Radagast suddenly appears behind him, very effectively startling him.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: No explanation is ever given why he never appears in The Lord of the Rings. The last we see of him is leading the Eagles into battle against the Orcs in The Battle of Five Armies.
- The Wonka: He certainly doesn't look like an angelic emissary of the gods, but...
- Trap Is the Only Option: To Gandalf:Radagast: What if it's a trap?Gandalf: It's undoubtedly a trap.
- The Worf Effect: He's a very powerful Wizard, but that fact he's unable to stop the Necromancer from corrupting the Greenwood into Mirkwood save for his home in Rhosgobel shows just how deadly that threat to Middle-earth is.
- Willfully Weak: Like the rest of the Wizards, Radagast is actually operating at only a fraction of his full power. This is deliberate as the Valar decided to clothe the Wizards in the bodies of old men as they are meant to combat Sauron by wisdom and persuasion not brute strength or force.
- Wizard Beard: Not of the cleanest kind.
Saruman the White
Lindir (Bret McKenzie)
An Elf of Rivendell ("Imladris" in Elvish), and one of Elrond's counselors. Later becomes Bilbo's closest elven friend when Bilbo returns to Rivendell after his eleventy-first birthday.
- Ascended Extra: Literally.
- Ascended Meme: Probably wouldn't have got a role at all if it wasn't for the fandom's fondness for Figwit.
- Canon Immigrant: From The Lord of the Rings. Originally McKenzie's character was not identified as the character Lindir from the book, but was just an extra.
- Composite Character: Of two minor characters from The Fellowship of the Ring: Lindir (a young elf who heckles Bilbo) and Erestor (Elrond's chief counselor).
Thranduil the Elvenking (Lee Pace)
- "Some may imagine that a noble quest is at hand. A quest to reclaim a homeland, and slay a dragon!... I, myself, suspect a more prosaic motive. Attempted burglary, or something of that ilk."
- Absurdly Youthful Father: To Legolas. Justified since he's an elf and Lee Pace is younger than Orlando Bloom.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Notably frostier than his novel counterpart. In particular, book-Thranduil was quite warm towards Bilbo, and named him 'elf-friend'. In the film, he pays very little attention to him.
- Adult Fear: He can't exactly keep his cool when his own son is somewhere on the battlefield, fighting against almost impossible odds, and may be dead or dying already, when the last words they've exchanged were hostile.
- Animal Motifs: The Marvelous Deer. He rides a giant stag, his throne is adorned a massive pair of antlers, and his crown is antler-like as well. The extended version of Desolation of Smaug also shows Thorin shoot an arrow at a white stag, which Bilbo notes is a bad omen, shortly before running afoul of Thranduil.
- The Anticipator: He plays with this trope: Bilbo uses the Ring to disappear, and he stumbles onto the chambers of Legolas's father, Thranduil. He subverts this trope, asking why he is hiding in the shadows, and stating that he can come out now. However, Bilbo finds out that Thranduil is not speaking to him after all, but to Tauriel who had been lingering in the shadows as well.
- Anti-Hero: The most charitable interpretation of him. He has nothing but never-ending contempt for dwarves (his attitude to humans is more ambiguous), and though he helps the people of Laketown, it is simply to serve his own purposes. He nonetheless is a fierce opponent of the forces of darkness.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The king is better warrior than most of his soldiers and it's quite easy to tell where Legolas got it from.
- Badass: When he finally fights, in the Battle of the Five Armies.
- Berserk Button: He only really loses his temper after Thorin accuses him of callously abandoning the dwarves of Erebor out of jealousy and spite. Most of the time he's rather smug or annoyed or irritated. When Thorin calls him a coward who abandoned the dwarves out of pettiness and tells him to "burn in fire", it's pretty much the only time he's genuinely enraged.
- When Tauriel calls him heartless he is pissed dismissing her romance as a crush compared to what he shared with his late wife. enough that he tries to kill her.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: They're natural to Lee Pace, incidentally.
- Broken Ace: He's a powerful Elven King. He has the looks you would expect, he's clever, it's very clear where Legolas got his fighting abilities from and ultimately, he is a good king. However, he's also The Stoic after what is hinted to have been a fairly epic Trauma Conga Line involving dragons (it's implied that his looks were marred by dragon fire, the scars hidden under a glamour and the death of his wife. The last seems to have caused him to close up and cut himself off, to the point where Tauriel says that there's no love in him.
- Camp Straight: Even for elf sensibilities, his fashion sense is rather flamboyant. Justified, given that he's Sindarin, the second 'highest' Elf kindred in Middle-earth, between the Noldor, the High or Deep Elves, but who tend more towards science and industry than the other tribes, and the Nandor, the Silvan or Wood Elves, who tend to be rather more rustic and unsophisticated (but comprise the majority of the Elves still living in Middle-earth). There's also the Avari, but they don't live (according to conjecture) in Middle-earth.
- Can't Take Criticism: He doesn't believe Thorin's grudge against him is truly justified, and brushes off Tauriel and Gandalf's warnings about the coming Darkness in Middle-earth.
- Cool Crown: Featuring autumn leaves made of reddish gold and silver spikes.
- Defrosting Ice King: A little bit near the end, when he stares in horror at the bodies of the elven warriors killed during the Battle of Five Armies and again when he produces some very restrained Manly Tears after coming across Tauriel weeping over Kíli's body. Finally, when Legolas tells him he's leaving and not coming back, he seems to realize he's been a shitty person and a shitty father and tells him, in what sounds like an apology, that Legolas' mother loved him. This is after Legolas mentioned to Tauriel that Thranduil never, ever mentioned her.
- Exact Words: When he kills the orc his son had captured.Legolas: [visibly disturbed] Why did you do that? You promised to set him free.
Thranduil: And I did. I freed his wretched head from his miserable shoulders.
- Expy: Of both Oberon and the Fisher King, according to Pace. His coldness, aloofness and uncanny behaviour seem also inspired by Goethe's "Erlkönig" poem.
- The Fair Folk: He probably fits this trope the most out of all the elf characters, being arrogant, greedy and caring very little about others aside from his people (at best).
- False Friend: Thorin views him as this when he refused to help the dwarves when Smaug invades Erebor. Still, when Thorin accused him of abandoning the Dwarves out of spite he seems genuinely stung by the accusation.
- Fantastic Racism: Against dwarves (which is something he seems to encourage amongst his own people), and even against his own people, somewhat, who are mostly Silvan elves while he himself is of a 'higher' kindred, the Sindar or Grey Elves.
- Freudian Excuse: Judging by the way he talks, his asshole-ish ways are rooted in his heavily scarring battles of the past. His severely isolationist policies came about after the death of his wife, who was killed by orcs.
- Freudian Trio: With Legolas and Tauriel; is the Super Ego of the group.
- Genre Savvy: He knows exactly what confronting a dragon entails.
- Glamour: It seems he's using some sort of magic to keep himself looking normal and whole.
- Glamour Failure: When he loses his cool and starts ranting at Thorin about dragon fire, the glamour slips for just a moment, and we see that underneath the illusion he's suffered severe burn damage to one side of his face, leaving a huge scar. If Tolkien's other writings are anything to go by, at that moment he might be physically manifesting soul pains. When Elves are angry or distressed, the scars on their souls can sometimes show up on their bodies.
- Good Is Not Nice: To the point that he hardly comes off as good. In the second film, he's a type four Anti-Villain at best. Still a bit of a jerk, though.
- Greed: For all his posturing to Thorin of how the Dwarves brought Smaug and their subsequent exile from Erebor upon themselves because of their greed, he himself refuses to grant aid to them (much less allow them to leave his kingdom) unless he received the gems in the hoard.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Arathorn, as he himself mentions in the ending of the third film. This somehow makes sense that their sons will become this as well by the time the original trilogy rolls around.
- Horse of a Different Color: He rides a huge stag.
- Interspecies Friendship: With Aragorn's father Arathorn, surprisingly. He is also directly responsible for getting their sons on the same path.
- I Shall Taunt You: At the receiving end of this in the extended edition of the first movie, when Thrór denies him a chest full of gems by closing said chest just when Thranduil was about to reach it.
- It's All About Me: He only seems to care for himself and, at most, his people. Though he has little enough respect for most of them, being a Sindarin elf himself, and most of his people being Silvan elves, who are the closest thing the elves have to a discriminated-against minority (though they're actually the majority, both in the Woodland Realm and in Lórien, which is itself ruled by the Noldorin Galadriel and the Sindarin Celeborn).
- Jerkass: Let's face it, what with his stern demeanor, arrogance, greed, general disinterest in anything but his own kingdom and xenophobia, Thranduil's not the nicest of beings by a long shot. Even his own people seem aware of this: one of the Elves in charge of returning the barrels makes a note that their king is "ill-tempered".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He has a...sort-of good heart underneath it all. Deep down. Very deep down. (There's gotta be some reason he's in the 'friends' section, after all.) He's genuinely sorry for Tauriel after Kíli dies, saying that it hurts so much because her love for him was real. And, though he might have had some ulterior motives, he gives the survivors of Laketown plenty of supplies to last through the winter.
- He's also respectful of Bard, keeping him in the loop and listening to his ideas (even if he thinks some of them are pointless). While he feels trying to reason with Thorin is a lost cause, Bard doesn't, so Thranduil humors him and rolls with it. Bard is descended from the Lord of Dale, but he's spent his entire life as a bargeman and has no idea how to lead or rule anyone, and surprisingly, Thranduil neither calls him on it, nor dismisses him and his ideas.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He, however, pretty much only does the latter for his own benefit; he doesn't really care about anyone but himself and his son. He's definitley more arrogant and condescending than the other elf lords like Galadriel and Elrond, whom are polite and courteous to others (including dwarves), while he's pretty much dismissive of everyone else. He even looks down on Gandalf (who keep in mind is actually an angelic spirit on Sauron's power level who is clothed in human flesh), and is dismissive of his advice.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He has a...sort-of good heart underneath it all. Deep down. Very deep down. (There's gotta be some reason he's in the 'friends' section, after all.) He's genuinely sorry for Tauriel after Kíli dies, saying that it hurts so much because her love for him was real. And, though he might have had some ulterior motives, he gives the survivors of Laketown plenty of supplies to last through the winter.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He is perfectly correct; Gandalf's decision to encourage Thorin into taking back Erebor and trying to kill Smaug ended up with who knows how many people getting killed or injured. He calls the Wizard out on such, and plans to fix it by finishing what he started.
- He derides Bard's attempts of reasoning with Thorin to be a waste of time. He proves to be right (and Thorin seemed more out of his mind than he anticipated, given his shock at Thorin almost throwing Bilbo to his death), it takes an army of orcs and the near death of Thorin's cousin Dáin for him to think about anything besides gold.
- Kick the Dog: Not only refuses to help fight Smaug (though it's unlikely he and his kin would have been able kill the dragon), but also refuses to help the refugee dwarves. Years later, as the Company of dwarves reaches his kingdom, he imprisons them for an unlimited time after Thorin's refusal of his deal.
- Knight Templar: Thranduil sees himself as always righteous, and won't change his mind no matter how seemingly heinous his actions become.
- Laser-Guided Karma: His cold and unfeeling behavior eventually alienates even Legolas, to the point where his son actually refuses to return home after the battle, meaning Thranduil essentially loses the only remaining person he really loves. And he has no one to blame but himself.
- Light Is Not Good: He is an elf, but in true Silmarillion style he is an arrogant, self-centered racist, dressed in fabulous silver robes.
- The Lost Lenore: His wife was killed by orcs long ago, and it turns out to be his justification for only caring about keeping his people safe and not fighting for or protecting non-elves.
- Nice to the Waiter: He's perfectly friendly to Bard, in a distant kind of way, treating him with genuine respect, even as an equal, despite his low standing.
- Though the fact that Bard just killed a dragon described as "the chiefest and greatest calamity of the age" all but single-handedly might have something do do with that.
- Noodle Incident: How the necklace of white gems (that used to belong to his wife) ended up with in Erebor is a mystery. In the extended edition of An Unexpected Journey Old Bilbo mentions that the elves claim the dwarves stole their treasure, while the dwarves claim that he didn't give them their proper pay.
- The Oathbreaker: How the Dwarves see him. From their point of view, Thranduil was Thrór's vassal (he did, after all, pay tribute), regardless of how chilly their relationship seems to have been. Due to that relationship, Thranduil was obligated to defend Thrór from all his enemies, including Smaug, and regardless of whether victory was likely or even possible. Which is why Thorin repeatedly insists that Thranduil betrayed both his father and grandfather.
- Playing Gertrude: A male example. Lee Pace is actually two years younger than Orlando Bloom. Although elves age differently to humans, Thranduil would still potentially be a few thousand years older than Legolas.
- Pride: Almost blinded by it.
- The Proud Elite: Embodies the trope to the T.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: While not obviously this at first, he actually gives Legolas a remarkable amount of latitude. He also seems to genuinely respect Bard, letting him try and talk Thorin round despite being certain that it would fail, and casually pouring him a glass of wine. Since Bard, though of noble lineage, is basically a fisherman, and Thranduil is an immortal king, this speaks volumes.
- The Resenter: Implied in the prologue when he shows deference to Thrór, there's a subtle expression of displeasure on his face. Likewise, when he turns away from aiding the dwarves after Smaug invades, his face shows a hint of satisfaction.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: When he eventually takes part in the Battle of the Five Armies.
- Sacred Hospitality: Averted. In a stark contrast to likes of Galadriel and Elrond. He has the dwarves locked up for extremely petty reasons instead of offering them food and shelter.
- Sadistic Choice: His actions in the first film can be seen as this, as he chooses to not lead his people into a hopeless battle against an enemy that they have no chance against rather than help the dwarves try and retake Erebor from Smaug.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: It turns out Thranduil had fought dragons from the north long before the fall of Erebor and has never really gotten over it, explaining his original reluctance to fight Smaug. We also know from canon that he fought in the War of the Last Alliance, where his father Oropher was killed, and in the movies it's said that he fought the orcs of Gundabad, who killed his wife. After all of it, his isolationism starts to look pretty reasonable.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: He beheads an orc after the latter mocks him about the coming war and the return of Sauron.
- Somebody Else's Problem: Aside from a (rejected) offer to help Thorin, Thranduil knows that dark forces are gathering, but doesn't do anything about it. When Tauriel questions him on not pursuing the source of the giant spiders outside their kingdom's boundaries, suggesting the spiders will attack other lands as well, he explicitly states that he doesn't care for anything but his own kingdom.
- He was even willing to abandon the dwarves and men and let them be killed by the orcs, until Tauriel and Legalos convnced him otherwise.
- Crazy Survivalist: He'd rather seal-up his kingdom and try to wait out the war he knows is coming. The fact that he and his people live underground in a cave carved and designed so as to look like the vast forest outside speaks volumes, too. Compare this existence to the leafy, outdoorsy environs of Rivendell or the tree-top palace of Lothlórien, and Thranduil exhibits the mentality of a modern-day recluse.
- The Stoic: His expression and air is always very aloof and if he shows any emotion, it's extremely subtle.
- Not So Stoic: He clearly loses his cool when talking about the dragon fire with Thorin. He also looks genuinely horrified when Thorin accuses him of callousness in abandoning the Dwarves.
- He loses his cool again when Thorin tries to kill Bilbo. While he was indifferent to the hobbit and he derided Thorin as a lunatic, he's genuinely shocked at the sight of Thorin trying to kill the person who, after all, rescued him from his dungeon.
- Also at the very end he is visibly shaken when Legolas tells him he would not be coming home with him. At this point it finally sinks in just how much of an ass he's been.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Aside from the various wigs and prosthetics, both Orlando Bloom and Lee Pace have strikingly similar facial features, so this is definitely the case in the films.
- Separated-at-Birth Casting: They could very easily pass as relatives.
- Two-Faced: Underneath some kind of glamour spell, half of his face is horribly burned, implicitly by a fire drake of the north.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In his eyes at least, all his Jerkass behavior is to ensure the safety and protection of his own kingdom.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gets called out by Tauriel during the Battle of the Five Armies for thinking about abandoning the dwarves and men of Laketown.
- Will Not Tell a Lie: consistently tells the truth, even when lying would be more to his advantage, which is possibly the reason he bridles at Thorin referring to him as The Oathbreaker.
Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly)
"You like killing things, Orc? You like death? Then let me give it to you!"An Elf of the Woodland Realm, and one of Thranduil's captains.
- Action Girl: Kicks just as much ass as Legolas, if not more so.
- Ascended Extra: She fills the role of captain of the elven guard, though their roles have nothing in common. In the film, the Keeper of the Keys is more representative of the book captain; both are unnamed characters whose only role was to get drunk and let the dwarves escape from captivity.
- Badass: Captain of the Guard of the only official Elf kingdom, and makes her debut rescuing the party from spiders alongside Legolas. Likely an especially effective fighter, being an army captain at such a tender age and being female (who usually aren't front line troops due to their healing abilities).
- Bow and Sword, in Accord: Wields her bow and dual combat knives together, just like Legolas.
- Braids of Action: They're woven into her hair rather than the typical single braid in the back, but they still count.
- Broken Bird: What little is seen of her at the end of the film suggests that Kíli's death has caused her to become this.
- Brutal Honesty: Bluntly tells Legolas that his father's policy of isolation can't end well, and calls Thranduil out hard when he considers leaving the dwarves and men of Laketown to die.
- Canon Foreigner: She doesn't exist in any of Tolkien's writings.
- The Determinator: The lengths she goes to help the dwarves are rather remarkable.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Legolas.
- The Exile: The third film reveals that Thranduil has exiled her from Mirkwood for abandoning her post. Though the ending could imply he won't hold her to that, given all they've both gone through during and after the battle.
- Fiery Redhead: She's fearless, decisive, and most at home on the battlefield.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Her counterpart in the book is unlikely to have had red hair, going by Tolkien's lore.
- Freudian Trio: With Legolas and Thranduil; is the Id of the group.
- Gender Flip: Her counterpart in the book is almost certainly male.
- Girls Need Role Models: Tauriel was created largely because in the original book, there were very few female characters. (Lobelia Sackville Baggins, pre Character Development makes a brief appearance in Chapter 18 of the Hobbit, titled "The Return Journey". She's disappointed to learn that Bilbo survived his adventure and she can't inherit Bag End as next of kin.)
- Honest Advisor: She recognizes that the king's isolationist policies blind them to larger problems affecting the world at large, and doesn't hesitate to bring it up to Thranduil.
- Improbable Age: Outside information gives her age as either 300 or 600, but with either number, she's the elven equivalent of a young adult, hardly the age you'd expect the captain of the king's military to be. (One quick line states that she has been "favored" by Thranduil, which could help explain it.)
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Par the course for an elf, but she displays to an even greater extent when she blocks an arrow by firing another one at it.
- Knife Nut: Like Legolas, she also uses a pair of combat knives that she dual wields.
- Love Hurts: Yes. See the spoilered tropes to find out how much.
- Meaningful Name: "Tauriel", applicably for a wood-elf, means "woodland daughter".
- Nice Girl: She's the least prejudiced amongst the elves shown, and basically the only one willing to treat the Dwarves like equals.
- Only Sane Woman: She comes across as the only elf who actually seems to realize the importance of Thorin's quest.
- Pietà Plagiarism: Her last scene has her cradling Kíli's dead body in her arms, refusing to let go as she cries her eyes out.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Legolas. Thranduil suggests that Legolas' feelings might go deeper than that, though.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her cascading locks of auburn hair reach to the back of her thighs.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Legolas and Thranduil's Blue.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Pretty much her response when Legolas question why she's disobeying the King.
- Star-Crossed Lovers/Interspecies Romance: Regardless of how their relationship plays out, Kíli and Tauriel are already this, being a dwarf and an elf whose nations have hated each other for over a century and who's races have been on bad terms since the First Age of Middle-Earth, thousands of years ago. Also because Kíli is going to die in the Battle of the Five Armies.
- Indeed it doesn't end well. He dies and she's left banished from Mirkwood and broken-hearted.
- The Stoic: Tauriel almost always keeps a cool head. Even during Smaug's attack on Laketown, she doesn't panic and her voice never rises except to yell orders.
- Not So Stoic: Kíli's death, however, causes her to break down in tears.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Sam. She's a commoner very closely linked with a character of higher status than herself, and her main traits are loyalty, bravery, and humility. She comes across as less intellectual (by Elf standards), but also as a voice of common sense. She's a Determinator who goes into intense danger to save one specific person. And then there's her hair colour...
- What Happened to the Mouse?: We get little closure on her, and given that she's a Canon Foreigner there's nothing in the original to go on.
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Seems unfamiliar with or unwilling to acknowledge romantic love. While cradling Kíli's body, she even tearfully asks Thranduil if this is love and if so, she doesn't want it.
- Working Class Heroine: Unlike most of the other characters, she's a commoner, at least by elf standards. Thranduil doesn't hesitate to remind her of her status.
Thráin II (Michael Mizrahi)
"Azog means to kill us all! One by one, he will destroy the line of Durin! But by my life, he shall not take my son! You will stay here!"Father of Thorin and previous King of Durin's Folk. Died in the dungeons of Dol Guldur, but not before encountering Gandalf and giving him the map and key needed to get into Erebor. Also lost Durin's Ring of Power to Azog.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Defending Erebor against Smaug.
- Disappeared Dad: To Thorin.
- Doomed Home Town: The Lonely Mountain.
- Drop the Hammer: In the film prologue, he wields a ginormous hammer.
- The Exile: Since Smaug is squatting in Erebor.
- Fingore: When Azog defeated Thráin, he saw he was wearing one of the Seven Dwarf rings and cut off the forefinger to get it.
- Frontline General: Leads the defense of Erebor from the front, alongside his son.
- Go Mad from the Isolation: After the years he has spent imprisoned in Dol Guldur, he attacks his old friend Gandalf and almost kills him. He has trouble remembering Thorin and what happened to him.
- Handicapped Badass: He is missing one eye, but still seems up for a fight.
- Riches to Rags: Smaug's attack came without warning, so they didn't have the chance to evacuate and salvage any of the gold.
- Scars Are Forever: Has what looks like an ugly burn scar over his left eye.
- Warrior Prince: He may be Thrór's son, but he's a Dwarf and Dwarves are always badass.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: As his scenes in the Extended Edition of Desolation show, he has been held captive in Dol Guldur for a very long time. When Gandalf finally finds him, he has been driven nearly completely mad, and is soon after killed by the Necromancer.
- You Killed My Father: Attacked Azog ahead of Thorin after his father Thrór was beheaded.
Thrór, King under the Mountain
Thrór (Jeffrey Thomas)
Father of Thráin and grandfather of Thorin. Previous King of Erebor, once the mightiest of the Dwarf Lords and the first owner of the Arkenstone. Unsuccessfully attempted to reclaim Moria, but was unable to do so in the face of heavy casualties and the presence of Durin's Bane, not to mention his own death in combat against Azog the Defiler.
- Big "NO!": When he drops the Arkenstone into a huge pile of gold, which is then swept away by Smaug.
- Cool Crown: He wears a thick, helmet-like crown as King Under the Mountain.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Smaug's attack on Erebor. Then the Battle of Azanulbizar after his death until Thorin managed to chop off Azog's hand and rally his troops to victory.
- Death by Materialism: Narrowly averted in his case; while Smaug's attacking, Thrór races to grab the Arkenstone, but conveniently loses it in the chaos and is dragged away by Thorin.
- Doomed Home Town: The Lonely Mountain.
- The Exile: Since Smaug is squatting in Erebor.
- Frontline General: Leads the combined forces of the seven dwarven clans at Azanulbizar, which leads to his death.
- Gold Fever: Described by Bilbo as a literal psychological sickness. Considering that Thrór was in possession of the greatest of the Seven Rings of Power given to dwarves, which did indeed make their holders both extremely rich and extremely greedy, Bilbo's uninformed diagnosis isn't too far off.
- Kick the Dog: Baiting Thranduil, then denying him the jewels that he clearly wants. Made worse by the fact that those jewels belonged to Thranduil's dead wife, and may be his last memento of her.
- Off with His Head!: Azog beheads him and holds it up for all to see, before throwing it at Thorin's feet.
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Even more than most other Dwarves, given his Gold Fever.
- Perilous Old Fool: His attempt to retake Moria from the orcs was almost bound to fail. It ended up failing anyway, because of the Pyrrhic Victory.
- Posthumous Character: He dies in the prologue, which is set decades before the events of the story.
- Riches to Rags: Smaug's attack came without warning, so he didn't have the chance to evacuate and salvage any of the gold.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: If he hadn't been so greedy and gathered so much gold, Smaug might not have been drawn to the mountain in the first place. Then again, as stated above, he was quite likely under the influence of one of the Rings of Power, so how much control he had over himself is debateable.
- Warrior Prince: Fought on the front lines against Azog's army.
Beorn (Mikael Persbrandt)
"What did you go near goblins for? Stupid thing to do!"Chieftain of the Beornings of Western Mirkwood. Also a shapeshifter with the ability to transform into a bear.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: The scenes at Beorn's house are some of the funniest in the book with Gandalf's elaborate scheme to gain the cranky-but-decent Beorn's hospitality and he's quite cheerful. There's no Last of His Kind, either — in fact, there may have been more like him, because his sons formed their own clan by the time of Lord of the Rings.
- The elaborate scheme made it into the Extended Edition. Beorn, however, still acts quite hostile rather than the Boisterous Bruiser he is in the book.
- Animorphism: Has the ability to transform into a giant, savage bear.
- Anti-Hero: He may be a decent guy with an affinity to animals, but he doesn't like Dwarves and only agrees to help the Company having heard of Azog's pursuit.
- An Axe to Grind: He is seen using one to chop some wood in the extended edition of DOS.
- Badass: He's the last living skinchanger in Middle-Earth. He didn't get that way by being easy to kill.
- Badass Baritone: As befitting a man of his stature.
- Badass Beard: A massive one, including a truly prodigious quantity of body hair, due to his alternate form.
- Bears Are Bad News: His bear form is "unpredictable" - read: liable to chase down and eat passersby.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He isn't evil by any means, but once he turns into his bear form he knows neither friend nor foe.
- The Big Guy: He's of immense size and strength for a man, and retains his size and strength in bear-form.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: His enormous, fluffy brows obscure most of his forehead.
- The Cavalry: Arrives at the Battle of the Five Armies riding one of the eagles. Then jumps off the eagles, turns into a bear mid-air and rampages through the Orc army.
- The Dreaded: Orcs refer to his bear form as "The Beast", and Azog was so afraid of him he wouldn't go after the company while he was nearby.
- Demoted to Extra: After a decent showing in Desolation, his appearance in Five Armies is sadly reduced to a mere cameo.
- Enemy Mine: With the Dwarves because of the Orcs.
- Gentle Giant: Zig-Zagged. His bear form is vicious, and he dislikes Dwarves and Orcs. On the other hand, he cares deeply for animals, and is seen cradling a tiny mouse in his huge hands. He's also genuinely intrigued by Bilbo and doesn't appear to harbor any hostility towards hobbits and other small, peace-loving creatures.
- Last of His Kind: He's the last skin-changer in Middle-Earth, as many of the others were slain by Azog.
- Lightning Bruiser: He turns into a giant bear so it's a given.
- Made a Slave: A former slave of Azog, like many others of his race. He still has cuffs on his wrists in human form.
- Meaningful Name: "Beorn" is an Anglicisation of bjørn, Danish/Norwegian for "bear". It also means 'warrior' in Old English.
- Morphic Resonance: The design team were keen that he didn't simply appear as a large, bearded man in his humanoid form. He was therefore given a mane-like hairstyle and facial prosthetics that suggested a bestial, Ambiguously Human quality to help distinguish him as a race apart.
- Nature Lover: Given his lines when he grabs a mouse.
- Production Foreshadowing: Some promotional material prior to the release of An Unexpected Journey featured Gandalf talking to Beorn in his bear form. The character first appears in The Desolation of Smaug. See here◊.
- Shape Shifter: Known as a "skin-changer" in-universe, Beorn can assume the form of a giant black bear.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: The orcs caged and tortured his people for sport, and he's now the only survivor.
- Trauma Inn: His giant-sized home provides a much needed respite for the Company, following their escape from the Goblin King's brood and Azog's wargs at the close of An Unexpected Journey.
- You Shall Not Pass: A variant, the orcs aren't foolhardy enough to tangle with him in bear form which allow the Company to reach the forest without resistance.
Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans)
"Listen to me! All of you! Do you not see what is coming?"Descendant of Girion, the last Lord of Dale before its destruction by Smaug. Extremely resentful of Thorin and the dwarves due to the threat they pose to his life and family in Laketown. One of the best archers in Middle-Earth and a captain of Laketown. Future King of Dale.
- Action Dad: We have to remember that he's the one who'll kill Smaug.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: He's often described in the book as somewhat scruffy and grim, but is played in the films by the dashing Luke Evans, though neither book quality is mutually exclusive of attractiveness.
- Adaptation Expansion: Gets introduced to the plot much earlier on than he did in the book — where he only shows up just as Smaug's about to attack Laketown — and his character and motivations are well established in preparation for the third film.
- Adult Fear: Bard fears for the safety of his three children and his town that something nearly unstoppable could come anytime and destroy them all. It's especially shown in the scene when he's trying to fight his way to the market and sees a gigantic troll coming towards them, ready to kill, and when he is using Bain as a makeshift bow in a last-ditch attempt to kill Smaug.
- Anti-Hero: He's a smuggler and very reluctant to help the Dwarves because of a prophecy that claims their arrival heralds Smaug burning the lake and everything on it.
- Badass: One of the best archers in Middle-Earth and also handy with a sword.
- Badass Beard: Runs in the family.
- Badass Boast: Upon asked by his terrified youngest daughter if the approaching Smaug will kill them all:Bard: Not if I kill him first.
- Badass in Distress: Bard is jailed by the Master and watches helplessly from there as Smaug flies toward Laketown.
- Badass Longcoat: Sports a worn, brown one.
- Badass Normal: Manages to match (or nearly) Legolas and Tauriel for archery, despite being a regular human.
- The Cassandra / Only Sane Man: He's this for the entire city of Laketown, reminding them what happened to Dale and that though the prophecy starts with promising wealth upon the return of Durin's heir, it ends with Laketown being destroyed — but he's ignored out of common greed.
- Continues the Only Sane Man rule when handling negotiations with Thorin. Between Thorin and Thranduil he's the only one who wants to avoid bloodshed.
- Cold Sniper: In his initial introduction, he makes a perfect shot out of a huge log Dwalin was holding and knocking a thrown weapon out of Kili's hand.Bard: "Do it again, and you're dead."
- The Chains of Commanding: Clearly carries the weight of his lineage, but can't reclaim the Lordship of Dale and protect his family at the same time (Smaug also wouldn't stand for it).
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Is portrayed as being almost as good an archer as Tauriel or Legolas, despite them having hundreds or thousands of years to hone their craft, and he only thirty or so.
- Crazy-Prepared: Is revealed to have the last black arrow hidden in the ceiling of his home without telling anyone — including his own family — about it.
- Establishing Character Moment: His introduction establishes his knack for assessing a situation, and his both highly accurate and steady aim with a bow. The first trait makes him realise Smaug will most likely attack Laketown if the dwarves get into the mountain, the second lets us know that if any human can kill Smaug, it's this guy.
- Expy: Of Robin Hood.
- Genre Savvy: He suspects that to go traipsing about in a treasure room where a dragon lies sleeping might not be the brightest of ideas.
- Good Parents: Bard's foremost concern is his three children and he couldn't care less about his claim to Dale, just so long as Sigrid, Bain, and Tilda are safe and provided for.
- Identical Grandson: Evans also plays Girion in a flashback, as the king tries — and fails — to kill Smaug while he's destroying Dale. (They're not that identical, though, since Evans was aged up and wore prosthetics for the role.)
- Impoverished Patrician: Bard is descended from the last Lord of Dale, ruler of one of the richest kingdoms in Middle-Earth. Bard, meanwhile, makes much of his living from smuggling — quite a step down in the world.
- Improbable Aiming Skills:
- Shown to be as quick and accurate with a bow as the best of Elves (managing to hit arrows out of the air mid-flight), despite being only a short-lived human.
- As in the novel, Bard hits Smaug's vulnerable spot dead-on with the black arrow.
- King of the Homeless: Alfrid calls him 'the people's champion,' which makes him a threat to The Master, though he's fairly middle-class himself.
- Noble Fugitive: Whose home city was destroyed by Smaug 170 years prior.
- Papa Wolf: Has little interest in claiming his birthright as Lord of Dale compared to his overwhelming need to protect Bain, Sigrid, and Tilda (especially after his wife's death).
- Properly Paranoid: Bard harshly warns Thorin he'll bring death upon the land; Smaug flies off to destroy Laketown at the end of the film.
- He also tries to stick the Black Arrow on a large crossbow in case Smaug comes a-calling, but the Master stops him.
- Protector Behind Bars: He begs the guards to release him when he realizes that Smaug is approaching Laketown (and therefore, his children).
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Is this in Battle of the Five Armies after becoming the de-facto leader of the Laketown survivors.
- Rebel Leader: The Master of Laketown and Alfrid suspect him to be one.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: It is Bard who ultimately kills Smaug. And just like the also-exiled Thorin, Bard is willing to do the same menial jobs as his fellow northmen, mostly working as a smuggler and bargeman to help feed the people of Laketown.
- Tap on the Head: He gets one from the Master of Laketown, via a wooden beam, and wakes up with no visible injury.
- Weapon of Choice: He mains a bow as this, but can wield a sword just as well.
Bain (John Bell)
Bard's son and second King of Dale.
- Big Brother Instinct: He valiantly tries to protect his sisters when their home is attacked by Bolg and his orcs.
- Canon Immigrant: Mentioned briefly in The Lord of the Rings to have become the new king of Dale after Bard, and Bain's son Brand led Dale during the time of the War of the Ring.
- The Dutiful Son: Bain obeys his father's orders without question, even when it's obvious that he doesn't agree with them. He also stays behind to watch over Sigrid and Tilda in Bard's absence.
- And then he runs through the burning Laketown, with a furious Smaug flying overhead and torching everything in sight, to bring the Black Arrow to his father. This also involves climbing up the belltower, which is also burning and within plain sight of a rampaging dragon.
- Equippable Ally: Becomes one in the third film, as his shoulder is used for Bard to aim his arrow on when the latter has to tie his bowstring to the remaining structure of the bell tower with his bow broken and a convenient dwarven windlance destroyed.
- Impoverished Patrician: Like his father, Bain is a direct descendent of the last King of Dale and heir to one of the wealthiest kingdoms in Middle-Earth. However, along with Sigrid and Tilda, he spent most of his childhood in poverty and only started living well several years after Thorin's Company reclaimed the Lonely Mountain.
- Missing Mom: Bain's mother died sometime prior to The Desolation of Smaug, leaving Bard to raise Bain and his sisters by himself.
- Nice Guy: Much more mellow than his father. And like his sisters, Bain is also much more welcoming to the dwarves and does everything he can to help an injured Kíli recover in their home. It's noted in the books that Bain sent many grand gifts from Dale to Bilbo's Farewell Birthday Party in the Shire. He also maintained peaceful ties with Erebor and Dáin Ironfoot, who died in the War of the Ring defending Bain's son, King Brand.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Despite being a young teenager, Bain helps his father whenever or however he can, including hiding the Black Arrow from the Master's mooks. He will also rebuild the Kingdom of Dale alongside his father and then rule the prosperous and peaceful city after Bard's passing.
- Bain also assists his father in felling Smaug, both by bringing the Black Arrow to him atop Laketown's tallest tower and then acting as a replacement mount and bow for the destroyed dwarven windlance. He takes part in the Battle of the Five Armies as well, actively protecting his sisters and the most defenseless and injured of Laketown's survivors.
Girion, Lord of Dale (Luke Evans)
The last Lord of Dale prior to its destruction by Smaug. Led a last-ditch defense of the city that claimed his life and those of most of his soldiers and citizens.
- Action Dad: His only appearance consists entirely of him being a Badass, and he's the progenitor of the future King of Dale, Bard.
- Adaptational Badass: Oh yeah. Girion gets a brief mention in the book as being Bard's ancestor, but he never fights Smaug.
- Anti-Air: The dwarven windlance he uses to fight Smaug seems to have been designed to have a high enough arc to fire on airborne targets. Justified in that Erebor and Dale had come under threat from other, lesser dragons periodically before Smaug arrived (though most were wingless wyrm-types).
- Authority Equals Asskicking: In the course of his brief appearance, we learn only two things: he's in charge, and that he's Badass.
- Badass: Stands up to Smaug without flinching.
- Badass Beard: Like his descendant, Bard.
- Badass Normal: Hurts Smaug more than anyone else with nothing more than the application of mechanical force, a particularly well-made projectile, and good aim.
- BFG: The windlance he uses to score the only substantial hits on Smaug in the series.
- Cold Sniper: Fires several Black Arrows at Smaug with mechanical efficiency as his city burns around him, and even manages a few hits.
- Canon Immigrant: Averted, unlike in Bain's case. He gets a brief mention in the book.
- Determinator: Dies loading one last Black Arrow.
- Died Standing Up: And shooting back.
- Do Not Go Gentle: Almost certainly knew that he was going to die as soon as Smaug showed up. His reaction? Start shooting.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Both Thorin and the Master of Laketown blame Girion for failing to kill the dragon, even though he did far more damage to him than anyone else had managed before or since.
- Flashback: Only appears in one.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He couldn't kill Smaug himself, but he made sure Bard would be able to.
- Identical Ancestor: Is played by Luke Evans, the same actor playing his descendant, Bard.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Scores several hits on Smaug, even as he's flying around the city destroying it.
- Infinity+1 Sword: The Black Arrows, the only thing capable of penetrating a dragon's hide.
- Last Stand: Went out firing Black Arrows at Smaug.
- Modest Royalty: Wears no crown or substantial jewelry, unlike his counterpart under the Mountain, Thrór.
- Nerves of Steel: Doesn't even flinch in the presence of ancient and nigh-invulnerable fire-breathing monster as it destroys everything he cares about.
- Rated M for Manly: Oh yeah.
- Small Role, Big Impact: The damage he did to Smaug's hide eventually allows Bard to kill him with the last Black Arrow.
- Weapon of Choice: A dwarven windlance, or ballista.
- Underestimating Badassery: Smaug wasn't counting on Girion when he attacked Erebor.
Dáin Ironfoot (Billy Connolly)
"Good mornin'! How are we all? I've a wee proposition if you wouldn't mind giving me a few moments of yer time. Would ye consider... just SODDING OFF!"Lord of the Iron Hills, to the east of Erebor, and kinsman of Thorin. Future King of Durin's Folk and King Under the Mountain.
- All There in the Manual: The movie leaves this unaddressed, but in the books he becomes King Under the Mountain after Thorin's death and his sons become Kings after him until the end of Durin's line.
- Ancestral Weapon: It's not outright stated, but he seems to be wielding Thráin's (Thorin's father) war-hammer.
- Animal Motifs: He wears spikes on his beard that resemble boar's horns, had a tendency to headbutt his foes (like a charging boar), and rides a boar to battle.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Continuing the trend of royalty being badass.
- Badass: Showcases supreme badassitude during the Battle of the Five Armies, headbutting a helmeted orc to unconsciousness with his bare forehead, smacking dozens of orcs with his enormous hammer and managing to ride a giant pig to war.
- Badass Family: Thorin's second cousin and very Badass.
- Badass Moustache: Grown into the shape of a pair of tusks.
- Battle Cry: "To battle, to battle, sons of Durin!"
- Big Damn Heroes: His arrival not only safes Thorin, but probably the elves from the Orcish armies as well.
- Blood Knight: Dáin's very excited at the prospect of splitting some elvish (and later Orcish) skulls.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He goes into battle practically roaring with glee. When the action focuses on him, he can always be heard bellowing.
- Braids of Action: He has braided hair and is a beast in the battlefield.
- The Cavalry: Arrives to help his cousin and the other Dwarves against the Elves and men.
- Cavalry Refusal: Off-screen. In the first film, Thorin states he asked for Dáin's help, but he refused to go up against Smaug. He makes up for it by arriving in the final battle, however.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: Dáin Ironfoot casually asks Thorin if he has a plan or if they should just keep murdering Orcs mid-battle.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Mentioned only in passing in the first movie, when Thorin says Dáin will not send him aid. He does make an appearance in the third film, however.
- Combination Attack: His Dwarves achieve a whole lot of these with the Elves. After the Dwarves form their double-shield height phalanx against Azog's initial force, Thranduil's blademasters vault over the phalanx and into the Orc army, occasionally jumping off shields the Dwarves held up as platforms at the last second.
- Demoted to Extra: In the "Appendices," Dáin played a major role in the Battle of Azanulbizar; the Iron Hills Dwarves turned the tide of the battle, and Dáin himself killed Azog to avenge his father. Presumably, Dáin's role was scaled back after the decision was made to keep Azog alive. Perhaps in an attempt to make up for it, Dáin has a lot more screentime during the Battle of the Five Armies than he ever had in the book.
- Determinator: Gandalf notes that Dáin is even more stubborn than Thorin when he's set on something.
- The Dreaded: A minor case, but when he arrives Gandalf's (and the elves's) reaction is something akin to "Oh God help us all."
- Drop the Hammer: Wields a war hammer in battle, and caves in many a skull.
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: Joins the Company to defend Erebor just as the situation is direst for them.
- Fiery Redhead: Goes along with his Violent Glaswegian status.
- Foe-Tossing Charge: In the beginning of the battle, he charges through Orc ranks mounted on his boar wielding the war-hammer without slowing down.
- Full Boar Action: Rides into battle on a boar.
- Hard Head: He headbutts helmet-wearing Orcs several times and comes out none worse for the wear.
- Heroic Second Wind: He and his Dwarves have this when Thorin emerges from the mountain to lead them, and manage to mount one last counterattack.Ironfoot: The King! To the King!
- Incoming Ham: The very first thing Dáin does is look at the elves and do a long-winded request for them to SOD OFF!
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Compared to his cousin, he's far more aggressive and unreasonable, but he still takes the time to hug Thorin in the middle of a battle.
- Leitmotif: He has a track called, fittingly enough, "Ironfoot" that plays in his finest moments, namely in his Big Damn Heroes arrival.
- Large Ham: The scenery is in shambles when he's through chewing on it.
- Leeroy Jenkins: A positive example. A massive Orc army appears, Elves and Men just stare in awe and horror, frozen in place. Ironfoot and his men, meanwhile, just fall in between them and start killing without second thought.
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Stands out from the rest of the Dwarves by taking on traits that Dwarves have developed since Tolkien's works, a heavy Glaswegian accent and the foulest mouth in Middle Earth.
- Red Baron: "Ironfoot" is his epithet, not his surname. One infers that he acquired the nickname for being extremely stubborn, as Gandalf has said, or because of his tendency to wear Iron boots to battle.Gandalf: It is Dáin, Lord of the Iron Hills. Thorin's cousin. I've always found Thorin the more reasonable of the two.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He rides in front of his army before joining a battle, showing how he isn't one to shy away from a fight.
- Screw You, Elves!: Ironfoot spends most of his speech calling the Elves pathetic and worthless.
- Signature Move: Dáin has his hammer, but when the fight gets too close-up for him to use it, he tends to resort to a headbutt, a.k.a. the "Glasgow Kiss" — possibly a nod to his actor's background (see Violent Glaswegian, below).
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: His swearing is all PG-13, but that still makes him the foulest mouth in Middle-earth by a huge margin.
- Undying Loyalty: In a way, to Thorin and Bilbo. Although it's kept way in the background of Lord of the Rings, it's Dáin who sent Glóin and Gimli to Rivendell as his representatives at the Council of Elrond, which was meant to determine what to do with the One Ring and the Baggins carrying it. If this parallels the books, then Dáin had also been confronted by a Ringwraith several months, promising riches and Rings of Power if he told them where to locate a certain hobbit. In typical fashion, Dáin told him to sod off and started preparing Erebor for war. This action effectively diverted half of Sauron's army to the north and gave both the southern kingdoms and Frodo a much needed reprieve.
- Quite literally. Dáin's death in the books, and likely the movies as well, came from him defending King Brand's body beneath Erebor's gates during the Battle of Dale. He refused to leave his friend's body to be desecrated and ultimately died in the process.
- Use Your Head: His preferred melee attack. Even without a helmet, he can still knock armored orcs out.
- Violent Glaswegian: Connolly keeps his accent for the role, and Dáin is amazingly violent and aggressive.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He's never seen after the end of the Battle of the Five Armies. In the books he became King Under the Mountain after Thorin.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Is implied to have been on the receiving end of this from Thorin when he refused to commit any forces to help retake Erebor.
- Though Smaug is basically a Godzilla Threshold that no sane person would ever think to cross, and universally considered a fool's errand. As soon as word reaches Dáin that Smaug is dead, however, he quickly comes riding with his army to Thorin's aid. Everything up to but not including a dragon, he's up for - be it a large Elf army (supplemented by a couple hundred angry Men of Laketown), or charging head-first into a larger army of Orcs.
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: "Aw, COME ON!" is his only reaction when he notices that the biggest Orc army of recent times has just arrived in Erebor without any warning.
Smaug the Golden
Smaug the Golden (Benedict Cumberbatch)
"My teeth are swords! My claws are spears! My wings are a HURRICANE!"A massive, ancient, and powerful fire drake from the far north of Middle-Earth, with ego and greed to match. Destroyed the city of Dale and conquered the kingdom of Erebor for its massive hoard of gold, in which Smaug slept for some sixty years.
- Achilles' Heel: There's a gap in Smaug's scales, made when Bard's ancestor tried to shoot him down when he first attacked Erebor. He missed his target but broke off one of the scales, exposing the flesh underneath.
- Advertised Extra: A downplayed example for both films he appears in. For Desolation, while he was purposely mostly kept out of the advertising to save his full appearance for the film's release itself, he's nevertheless one of the two eponymous characters but doesn't even appear until relatively late into the film. And for Battle of the Five Armies, he's once again for the most part kept out of the advertising, but his appearance on the film's theatrical poster counts, considering he only has a handful of scenes before dying.
- And Your Little Dog Too: Smaug takes some pleasure in barbecuing literally everything that opposes him. Or vaguely related to those who oppose him.
- Attention Whore: Quite a few shades of this, which makes him easy to stall. Bilbo exploits this by heaping him with flattery and overblown titles (and makes up some for himself, to satisfy Smaug's curiosity), which both saves his life and gives Thorin and the rest of the company time to get over their fear of the dragon and come up with a plan to kill Smaug.
- Badass: Described as "the chiefest and greatest calamity of the age", Smaug proves he's a monster and a badass in one stroke, by wiping out a prosperous human town and its armed forces and then destroying Erebor, in spite of the hundreds of dwarven warriors that opposed him.
- Badass Baritone: Terrible enough to make your hair stand on end and briefly paralyse Bilbo with fear.
- Badass Boast: About 80% of his dialogue. This one probably stands out:"I am King Under the Mountain."
- Berserk Button:
- Don't insult his greatness.
- Don't try to steal from him either.
- Don't mention Black Arrows, the one thing he fears that can pierce through his hide and possibly kill him either.
- And don't mention that missing scale...
- Big Bad: The "chiefest and greatest calamity" of the age. At least until his death early in The Battle of the Five Armies. However, even after his destruction, his influence is still felt throughout the rest of the movie, particularly on Thorin.
- Break Them by Talking: Tries very hard to do this with Bilbo and while Smaug doesn't completely manage, he does get under the hobbit's skin.
- Breath Weapon / Kill It with Fire: Obviously.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Completely immoral, incredibly greedy (he literally has mountains worth of coins in his lair, and he will not part with even one of them) utterly malicious and has an ego bigger than his stature, such so that he seems to enjoy being called "Greatest of all Calamities" or "The Tyrannical", amongst other evil nicknames. Justified because Smaug happens to be an Attention Whore of the highest calibre, so being reminded of his power is delicious to him.
- And there's his boast "I am fire. I am death."
- Can't Take Criticism: Virtually the mirror image of his Attention Whoring, and overlaps with his biggest Berserk Button. In short, he simply won't tolerate any disrespect, no matter how slight. Thorin exploits this to maneuver Smaug into position for the dwarves' plan to kill him, quite easily manipulating him with some rather feeble taunts.
- Circling Monologue: Does this to Bilbo about his role; impressive given his massive size.
- The Corruption: In the third film, it's mentioned that the fact that Smaug has brooded over the treasure so long has had an actual effect on the gold, making it cursed and that is partly the reason for Thorin falling to "Dragon Sickness."
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Gets impaled with a Black Arrow just as he was about to unleash another burst of fire. It's heavily implied the interrupted plume backfired and messily burned up his insides.
- Cruel Mercy:
- His declaration that he's going to destroy Laketown actually gets Bilbo to come out of hiding, and Bilbo's vain attempt to talk him out of it actually prompts Smaug to not kill him so he can watch the town burn.
- He also contemplates allowing Bilbo to take the Arkenstone, just so he can watch it destroy Thorin as it did Thrór. He ultimately decides against it, though.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Hmm, let's have a look:
- He knew the smell of dwarves on Bilbo the instant the latter came within range of him and correctly deduced it was Thorin in the same instant.
- He decides against letting Bilbo take the Arkenstone because he deems it too big a gamble and attempts to kill Bilbo right there.
- While he was first playing with the dwarves when he was hunting them, he ultimately goes straight for Thorin. Without Thorin, the rest of the Companionship will fail.
- When he is burning down Laketown, the Dwarvin ballista is nowhere to be seen, implying that Smaug knew that the weapon was the only way to stop him and burned it down. Too bad Bard found another solution to taking him down.
- Disc One Final Boss: In The Battle of the Five Armies He is truly gone when Thorin finally rids himself from Smaug's shadow and corrupting influence towards the end of the movie.
- The Dreaded: There's a reason nobody ever tried to kill him after he invaded Erebor...
- Distracted By The Shiny: Not only is Smaug greedy, but he seems borderline mesmerized if introduced to a large golden object, especially when he sees a gold statue as big as he is.
- Evil Is Bigger: He's by far the largest character in the films.
- Evil Is Hammy: He's the "chiefest and greatest calamity" and obviously takes it stride.
- Evil Is Petty: His ego means that anyone who transgresses him, however slightly, must suffer Disproportionate Retribution.
- Evil Gloating: Most of his dialogue with Bilbo.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Not surprising, considering he's voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.
- Eye Awaken: At the end of An Unexpected Journey.
- Eye Lights Out: When Smaug dies.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's almost civil towards Bilbo before he explodes into rage-mode.
- Fangs Are Evil: He even likens them to swords.
- For the Evulz: His initial motive for attacking Laketown, compared to the book, is less about revenge for being robbed and more so because he likes killing, given that trying to talk him out of it actually makes him MORE eager to do it.
- Genius Bruiser: A unstoppable machine of war, but also cunning enough to deduce pretty much everything about Bilbo on the spot.
- Giant Flyer: He's a dragon twice the size of a Boeing 747, according to this video.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: The Desolation of Smaug shows that not only do his eyes glow, they also seem to emit beams of light, much like in the Rankin-Bass animation, albeit with a more subtle effect.
- Go Mad from the Isolation: Downplayed. According to Word of God, Smaug does have an element of loneliness in him after sitting in all that gold alone for so many years, furthering his need for stimulation and entertainment. It explains why he was willing to play Bilbo's game without destroying the hobbit then and there.
- Greed: The reason he drove the dwarves out of their home.
- Hannibal Lecture: Gives a good one about Thorin's motivations, with the added bonus of being right about a lot of it.
- Hypocrite: A lot of the things he says about Thorin and the dwarves could easily be used to describe him. Such as them being drawn to treasure like flies or calling Thorin an usurper with a foul purpose. Naturally, he seems oblivious to this.
- I Am the Noun: "I am fire. I am... death."
- I Will Show You X: "REVENGE?! REVENGE?! I'LL SHOW YOU REVENGE!"
- Ironic Echo: This is what nearly breaks Bilbo — Smaug refers to the One Ring as "made of gold...but far more precious." Precious is, of course, what Gollum calls the Ring, as does Bilbo himself in Lord of the Rings.
- I Shall Taunt You: Calls himself "King Under The Mountain" (the title given to the Dwarven King of Erebor) to press Thorin's Berserk Button.
- It's All About Me: When pretty much your entire personality falls under the heading of Pride and Greed, this is a given. He makes it very clear that he considers the Mountain and its treasure to be his property, and doesn't even bother justifying his actions or cruelty.
- It Amused Me: A combination of enjoying flattery and this trope makes him talk with Bilbo rather than killing him immediately. As soon as he gets bored with the "little game", however...
- Jerkass: Aside from the obvious with his murdering hundreds of innocent lives if they stand between him and treasure, or to make somebody else watch, given the chance he takes time to rub in his victims' helplessness. This highlighted when he sees Bard's son with him in the tower he's trying to shoot him from and taunts Bard about how he won't be able to save his son and he burn with the rest of the town.
- The Juggernaut: The most that Thorin's Company manage to do to Smaug is slow him down and severely piss him off.
- Kaiju: According to this video from the creators, he's twice as big as a Boeing 747. He's also powerful enough to be considered Middle Earth's answer to Godzilla.
- Large Ham: What did you expect from a giant talking dragon who's a narcissist and loves Evil Gloating and Badass Boasts?
- Lightning Bruiser: He's huge, and not only can he fly fast, but he can move fast on foot and can easily smash rock pillars as big as he is.
- Light Is Not Good: Less so than in the book (largely due to the dim lighting of his cave in the movie), but he still radiates a fiery glow and is eyes are subtle searchlights, as a reference to the animated movie.
- Logical Weakness: During the climax of the movie in the giant gold-smelting furnace room, when he's about to roast Thorin, Bilbo unleashes a reservoir worth of water on him, temporarily neutralizing his fire-breath... though this only works for a short time.
- MacGuffin Guardian: Guards the treasure of Erebor, and by extension the Arkenstone.
- The Magnificent: "The Golden", "The Chiefest and Greatest of Calamities", "Chiefest and greatest calamity of our age"...
- Manipulative Bastard: Excels at this. He's perfectly happy to talk to Bilbo for a while and turn all his fears and doubts against him. He refrains from killing Bilbo because he wants him to watch Laketown burn. He even briefly considers letting Bilbo take the Arkenstone to Thorin, just for the pleasure of watching it drive Thorin mad with greed. He ultimately decides that doing so isn't worth the risk.
- Meaningful Name:
- His means "to squeeze through a hole" in Old Germanic.
- Then of course there's the fact he produces smog. And is smug.
- In Polish, the word for "dragon" is "smok".
- Might Makes Right: His claim to the treasure of Erebor is based on the simple logic that he flew in and took it, and (then or now) there is no one that can stop him.
- Mood-Swinger: He seems to frequently zig-zag between a nearly Faux Affably Evil politeness and rampaging wrath.
- Money Fetish: One the size of Erebor.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Smaug the Terrible.
- Narcissist: He clearly enjoys Bilbo's feigned flattery, despite being well-aware of who sent him and why. He doesn't think for a second it's true, but gives Bilbo an indefinite stay of incineration as long as he keeps it up.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Dwarven black arrows are said to be able to kill a dragon. It took three just to knock off one of his scales. During the battle within Erebor, he's bathed in molten gold and just shakes it off like it's merely really hot water.
- Oh, Crap: He has one once he realizes the giant golden statue he has been staring slack jawed at is still molten.
- One-Hit Kill: Bard's black arrow kills Smaug outright in the third film.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Played With in that he does not go through with it. Dragons will never part with their treasure once they claim it, not even a single coin. So when Smaug tells Bilbo that he's almost tempted to let him take the Arkenstone, it really puts in perspective of just how bad and corruptible the King's Jewel is to Thorin.
- Our Dragons Are Different: In bodyshape, at least, he's a wyvern (four limbs — a pair of bat like wings and hind legs). This is probably due to the design team's desire to present an anatomically "correct" (albeit fantastic) creature — no reptilian species has 6 limbs. This attention to detail was present during the creation of Smaug's precursors, the Fell Beasts, and the WETA team were keen to present a creature that could believably become airborne. Concept artist John Howe was even asked to remove the "elbow spikes" he had drawn in as these don't appear in nature. Smaug's body proportion and quadrupedal walking gait seem to have been designed with the giant ornithocheiroid pterosaurs of the late Cretaceous period in mind, with disproportionately gigantic, winged forelimbs coupled with a relatively small body and hind-legs. His head resembles that of a monitor lizard.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Very lizard like in appearance, utterly heartless and destructive.
- Power Echoes: His voice is underscored with a deep reverberating growl.
- Pride: His ego's bigger than he is.
- Since he doesn't actually do anything with his unimaginable wealth, this seems as likely a motivation for his hoarding as pure Greed, and his reaction to theft is that of one who's been insulted rather than inconvenienced in any way.
- Psychological Combat: As is typical for Middle-Earth dragons, Smaug loves this as much as causing physical destruction.
- Required Secondary Powers: As a fire-breathing dragon that can generate heat comparable to that of Mount Doom, by necessity Smaug must have a hide that is extremely heat resistant. When the Dwarves try to kill him with molten gold, he of course is only mildly inconvenienced by it.
- The Scrooge: Taken Up to Eleven; he literally hoards mountains of coins in his lair, and he makes it very clear that he won't part with even one of them.
- Serkis Folk: In the movie, to match his and Benedict's facial expressions. The motion capture was actually revealed to cover far more than just Benedict's face: he wore a full-body suit, having studied the movements of reptiles in zoos to move in a more reptilian way.
- Sloth: If left alone, he doesn't seem to do much beyond sleep. Not that anyone's complaining; most people are very glad that he lacks the motivation to do more than sleep on his treasure, and the thought of him joining with Sauron unsurprisingly has everyone worried.
- Smug Smiler / Slasher Smile: The shape of his mouth gives him a permanent example of the former, though when he bares his teeth it looks like the latter.
- Smug Snake: Pardon the pun. Powerful and unstoppable as he might be, it's very clear his ego is way too big for his own good.
- Smug Super: But with his size and power, he has a lot to back up his claim.
- Snake Talk: Briefly, as he assures Bilbo that "I will not part with a sssingle coin".
- Even before that: "Hmmm...there is ssssomething about you."
- Strong as They Need to Be: His Breath Weapon is shown to be strong enough blast apart stone towers in flashbacks, but in all present-day scenes acts as pure flame with no concussive force. Justified since he's fighting inside Erebor; as much as he wants the dwarves dead, he doesn't want to destroy his treasure doing it.
- Tempting Fate: Boasting about how nothing can even damage him makes his death at the hands of a Black Arrow less than a minute later all the more satisfying.
- Totally Radical: He talks quit a bit like this in his interview with Stephen Colbert.I am an old-school wyrm! Keeping it real, yo! Doing what dragons do!
- Trailers Always Spoil: The trailers for Battle of the Five Armies make it pretty clear he won't have a lengthy role in the film, given he's killed as the Disc One Final Boss, but he has a VERY lasting influence on Thorin.
- Treasure Guarding Dragon: All dragons are said to covet gold. Smaug probably more than the average dragon.
- Villainous Breakdown: He's a calm, confident, arrogant bastard, up until he's actually injured by the dwarves. Then he goes berserk.
- Villain Has a Point: His comments about Thorin's greed and that he judged Bilbo's life "worth nothing" prove right on the money given that not only did it take a What the Hell, Hero? for Thorin to even enter the mountain, but when he entered he actually held a sword to him when he didn't have the Arkenstone.
- Volcanic Veins: The gaps between the scales on his throat and belly glow red when he's about to breathe flame.
- Would Hurt a Child: He couldn't care less that he is about to burn a village full of women and children. In fact, he even taunts Bard about the fact that his son is going to burn in the flames.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Does this to Bilbo when he noticing him going after the Arkenstone by keeping it out of his reach.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness / Supernatural Gold Eyes
- You Are Too Late: Gandalf organized the dwarves in the hopes of stopping Smaug from joining Sauron's forces. Smaug's dialogue to Bilbo reveals that he's well aware that Sauron has returned and that if he does come, he would gladly join the dark lord just For the Evulz.
The three Trolls
The Trolls: Bert, Tom, and William (Mark Hadlow, William Kircher, Peter Hambleton)
"Mutton yesterday, mutton today. And blimey, if it don't look like mutton again tomorrow."Three trolls from the Ettenmoors the Company encounters in the Trollshaws west of Rivendell. Extremely stupid, they attempted to eat the Company, but failed due to Bilbo's stalling, a smidge of Gandalf's magic, and sunlight.
- Aerith and Bob: They're the only characters in the story with modern English names.
- All Trolls Are Different: They have a pale, fleshy skin-tone, and are more humanoid-looking and intelligent than the trolls of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, speaking in perfect English (albeit in suitably thuggish tones).
- Roar Before Beating: However, a vestige of their more primitive troll nature is seen when Dwalin smashes Bert on the foot, and he lets out an outraged, bestial roar.
- As You Know: William tells the other to hurry because he doesn't want to turn into stone when the sun comes up. Guess what happens.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: They try to cook the dwarves without killing them first.
- Butt Monkey: Tom gets hit and smacked around the most by the others and by the Dwarves during the fight. Even getting hit in the eye and the groin as well.
- The Cameo: Their petrified forms are stumbled upon by Frodo and company in the extended cut of The Lord of the Rings. Effectively an Early-Bird Cameo, since Lord of the Rings was adapted before The Hobbit.
- Dumb Muscle: With a degree of variation. Tom seems way dim compared to the others, while the others, at least, are particularly Genre Savvy. Tom also has unfocused eyes, possibly implying other difficulties.
- Evil Brit: The stupid kind.
- Exact Words: Kíli demands the trolls drop Bilbo. They oblige and toss Bilbo right on top of him.
- Genre Savvy: William reminds the others to hurry up because dawn is approaching and he doesn't fancy being turned to stone. Also Bert figures out what Bilbo is up to, when Bilbo is trying to stall for time by Talking the Monster to Death. He rhetorically asks if Bilbo thought that he didn't know what he was up to? And bluntly states that Bilbo was playing them for fools. Unfortunately for him and the other two, by then it is too late, dawn had arrived, and Gandalf appears to proclaim that "The Dawn shall take you all!"
- I Have Your Wife: They get the dwarves to surrender by capturing Bilbo.
- The Leader: William seems to be the leader of the trio, giving them orders. Or at least, ordering around Tom.
- Lean and Mean: Tom, compared to William and Bert.
- Lethal Chef: Bert is implied to be a terrible cook. His stew certainly looks disgusting.
- Mighty Glacier: Fíli and Kíli convince Bilbo that he's the best to deal with the trolls, since he's smart and fast while they're slow and stupid (but doubtlessly strong and dangerous).
- Not So Harmless: Which they remind everyone of when they threaten to tear Bilbo limb from limb.
- Serkis Folk: Portrayed by Mark Hadlow, William Kircher and Peter Hambleton via motion capture.
- Shout-Out: You can't help but feel that somehow Larry, Curly, and Moe made their way to Middle-earth and became trolls, what with how they act and the way Bert smacks Tom around like Moe did Curly.
- Stealth Pun: "Lay down your arms! Or we'll rip his off!"
- Taken for Granite: When exposed to sunlight.
- Team Chef: Bert. And he's really pissed the others don't appreciate his cooking.
- To Serve Man: Dwarves anyway.
- Villainous Gluttons: They have an appetite matching their size.
- Wacky Wayside Tribe: They are the first villains the company encounter, but they are quickly defeated and their scene could easily be removed from the plot. However, that way we would miss one of the most iconic scenes of the story.
Azog the Defiler
Azog the Defiler (Manu Bennett)
"The fools! They have forgotten what lives beneath these lands. They have forgotten the great Earth-eaters."A powerful Gundabad Orc chieftain and Arch-Enemy of dwarves in general, and Durin's line in particular, which he has sworn to exterminate. Goblin King of Moria.
- Adaptational Badass: Azog's more of a hands-on villain in the films, surviving the battle where he originally died and chasing after Thorin for revenge. In the lore of the books he's a lesser example of Orcus on His Throne (after Sauron), as he moved into Moria after the Dwarves abandoned it and triggered war with the dwarves after he beheaded a wandering Thrór for "trespassing."
- Arch-Enemy: To Thorin.
- Ascended Extra: He's only briefly mentioned in the book, and was killed in battle years ago. In the film, he survives, and his rivalry with Thorin is set in motion.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He leads other orcs because he's strong enough to keep them in line.
- Badass Baritone
- Badass Family: With his son, Bolg.
- Badass In Charge: Of the orc warband he leads. And in The Desolation of Smaug, Sauron's whole army.
- Bad Boss: Executes one of his hunters for failing to capture Thorin and Company by throwing him against a wall, and setting a group of Wargs upon him.
- Bald of Evil: Much like most orcs.
- Big Bad: In Battle of Five Armies, Smaug dies early in the movie and Sauron retreats to Mordor, he's the highest ranking villain left and is the main threat for the rest of the movie.
- Black Speech: In contrast to the usage of Common Tongue by the other Orcs and Goblins featured in Jackson's films, Azog and his band of hunters instead speak a variation of Orkish that's modeled after the Trope Namer.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: In Battle of the Five Armies, he trades his claw in for a sword.
- Body Horror: The orc version of a prosthetic limb is apparently shoving a clawed spike through the stump of the severed arm.
- Carry a Big Stick: Wields a mace not unlike Sauron's at the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring.
- Combat Pragmatist: Since Thorin managed to cut off his arm in their first encounter, he doesn't hesitate to use every advantage he has the second time they meet, rather than just rush head on like an average orc.
- Hides in wait for the perfect chance to sneak attack Gandalf as he searches Dol Guldur.
- Commuting on a Bus: Is largely absent in the second film due to being called back to Dol Guldur by Sauron in order to lead the Orc army.
- Covered with Scars: They look vaguely tattoo-like.
- Creepy Blue Eyes
- Creepy Souvenir: If you look carefully, you can see that his loincloth is made out of skinned dwarf faces.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Rather than face Thorin in single combat a second time, he simply sets his Warg loose on him, and it almost worked, too.
- Attempts to kill Gandalf with a surprise attack from behind an illusion as opposed to facing a wizard directly. Also knows better than to attack the dwarves with Beorn present.
- In the third film, he averts Hollywood Tactics and uses an effective divide and conquer strategy, an elaborate signal system to direct his troops, specialized siege trolls and plenty of auxillaries including goblin mercenaries. And despite his violent nature he stays away back and directs it from afar rather than fighting on the front lines like the rest of the leaders are, so he doesn't risk getting killed like they do.
- He than proceeds to exploit him staying away from the battle this as the perfect bait for a trap when Thorin and three of his best warriors try to take him out and end the battle.
- Darth Vader Clone: Though he lacks the fully-armored body of his literary counterpart, he still manages to accommodate most of the traits that embody this trope, including a deep, sinister voice, scarred body with a large muscle-bound physique, a prosthetic limb, a high intellect, a bloodthirsty, warlike personality, a personal vendetta against one of the heroes, and a habit of executing incompetent Mook Lieutenants.
- The Dragon: To the Necromancer, evidently. One of many to hold this position.
- Epic Flail: In addition to his sword arm in The Battle of the Five Armies, he swings around a chunk of masonry attached to a chain. It winds up working against him - the sheer weight of the thing cracks open the ice sheet he's fighting on, eventually causing him to fall through it and into the river beneath.
- Evil Albino: Nicknamed the "Pale Orc". For bonus points, his warg is an albino as well.
- Evil Sounds Deep/Guttural Growler: He has a deep, growling, and quite intimidating voice.
- Fangs Are Evil: And he shows them off frequently.
- Four-Star Badass: He is this especially in The Battle of the Five Armies, directing entire battalions into combat against the Elves, Dwarves, and Men, and doing a pretty good job of it.
- Genius Bruiser: He's very strong, but he's also capable of coordinating his band of Orc and Warg hunters into an ambush when he has caught up with his enemies. The final film really plays up both halves of this trope.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: His scars are not only evil, they're symmetric. They look deliberately inflicted, possibly as a ritual of some kind.
- Handicapped Badass: Thorin cuts off his hand in the Battle of Azanulbizar. Later, he's seen with a metallic claw that has apparently been directly shoved into his stump with a spike.
- The Heavy: While Smaug is the Big Bad of the overall story, Azog is the most direct threat in the first film, and for all practical purposes can been seen as its main antagonist.
- Hero Killer: Was the one who beheaded Thrór at the Battle of Azanulbizar. He than kills Fíli and Thorin during the Battle of the Five Armies.
- The Hunter: Of the line of Durin.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Thorin, via Orcrist.
- Interspecies Friendship: According to Word of God, he shares a "Lone Ranger and Silver" kind of bond with the Warg Matriarch (the albino Warg that Azog uses as his personal mount).
- Kick the Dog: Taunting Thorin about his grandfather's death certainly qualifies.
- Knight of Cerebus: Most of An Unexpected Journey is pretty lighthearted, barring scenes involving him, and things related to the Necromancer.
- Large and In Charge: He's more than a head taller than the normal orcs...
- Lightning Bruiser: ...and much more agile.
- The Magnificent: "The Defiler".
- Mutual Kill: He manages to fatally wound Thorin, but leaves himself open for a killing strike in doing so.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Azog "The Defiler".
- Not Quite Dead: Believed to have died from his injuries during a failed attempt by the Dwarves to retake Moria. Turns out he didn't.
- And also in the third film when he is dragged under the ice while fighting Thorin.
- Our Orcs Are Different: He's notably the first orc character in the Jackson films to act on his own initiative instead of taking orders from Sauron or Saruman. In the second film it's revealed that he does in fact serve Sauron, but his pursuit of Thorin and his Company is a purely personal vendetta that Sauron considers completely irrelevant.
- Plot Irrelevant Villain: He has pretty much nothing to do with the dwarves' quest for Erebor, and even his personal connection to Thorin comes from an entirely separate incident. On the other hand, he's closely connected to the larger plot concerning the fate of Middle-Earth that the dwarves' quest only plays a small part in.
- Averted in Battle of Five Armies, where he plays a direct role.
- Psycho Prototype: Ever wonder why he looks so radically different from the other orcs? According to supplementary material Azog's look is supposed to Call Back to the orc origin given by Saruman: that of tortured elves corrupted into shoddy imitations. Thus his look holds more of an animalistic elvish look than his brethren, and his competence gains some explanation as well.
- Relative Button: Hits Thorin's when he taunts the dwarf about his grandfather's death.
- Screaming Warrior: He's constantly roaring in combat.
- Serkis Folk: He's a completely computer-generated character played and voiced by Manu Bennett.
- Smug Smiler
- Spared by the Adaptation / Schrödinger's Cast: It's mentioned in the previously mentioned appendix that he died in the Battle of Azanulbizar. Here, he's in much better shape.
- The Strategist: His clever generalship at the Battle of Five Armies is what allows the orcs to almost carry the day, and his death is what finally defeats them, since they cannot organize themselves.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Azog is notably bare-chested in the films, in contrast with his novel counterpart, who wore a full set of iron armor. As is explained in the documentary, the final design of Azog was subject to constant changes until one or two weeks prior to the deadline. Some of which ended up being used for his lieutenants, e.g. Yazneg and his son, Bolg. This gets subverted in the third movie, where he wears a cuirass and greaves, though still doesn't wear a helm or any other type of headgear.
- You Have Failed Me: When one of his minions comes back empty handed and says he barely escaped with his life, Azog says it would have been better if he had paid with it, then throws him to the Wargs.
Bolg (Conan Stevens, Lawrence Makoare)
"Woodland Elves! The King's son and a She-elf, they tracked us to Lake-town. They fled, squealing like cowards."Son of Azog and another powerful Orc chieftain.
- Ascended Extra: Although he was a major antagonist in the novel, he didn't actually enter the story until the final chapter, and he dies right after he's introduced. Here, he appears more frequently.
- Early on into the second part, he takes over hunting the dwarves from Azog, who has other business.
- Although his book role seems to have been usurped by his father, but this is subverted in the third movie, when he arrives leading a second army of Orcs from Gundabad.
- Badass: Fights Legolas evenly, even blocking off a stab from Orcrist, then actually manages to make him bleed. The elf's reaction is priceless. In the Battle of Five Armies, he fights Kíli and Tauriel, killing the former and knocking the tar out of Tauriel. And despite the injuries he sustained from that fight, he then nearly kills Legolas in their rematch before a lucky intervention on Thorin's part saves the elven prince.
- Badass Family: With his father, Azog the Defiler. Even acknowledged in the third movie, when Legolas recognizes him by name, and refers to him as "the spawn of Azog the Defiler". Considering that Azog actually entrusts him with a decades-old grudge against Thorin, he's probably the only one he respects.
- Bald of Evil: Much like his father, though unlike Azog, Bolg has at least a few strands of hair on his head.
- Black Speech: Speaks the same language as his father.
- Body Horror: Almost as much as his father. He's got strips of iron bolted to his skull holding it together after some unexplained injury. And if you look closely at his armor, you can see it's not armor. It's pieces of metal driven into his flesh.
- The Brute: He's big, tough, and fights well enough to put Legolas on the defensive.
- Carry a Big Stick: The films give him a large spiky mace modeled on a vertebral column.
- Choice of Two Weapons: Mace and bow with Morgul arrows.
- Combat Pragmatist: He's not above shooting Kíli with a poisoned arrow, siccing his mooks on Legolas in what seemed to be a one-on-one confrontation, or throwing Legolas at them to make a getaway.
- The Dragon: To his father, Azog. When the Pale Orc is recalled to Dol Guldur, Bolg takes up the hunt for Thorin and Company.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He's briefly seen in the first movie at the Battle of Azanulbizar.
- Evil Albino: How his final design ended up looking like.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a very ugly scar through half his face and across his scalp.
- Hero Killer: Kíli is slain by him in front of Tauriel's eyes.
- Implacable Man: He gets stabbed, slashed, falls off a cliff, gets buried in rocks in Battle of Five Armies, none of which slows him down. It takes Legolas stabbing him in the head to kill him.
- Interim Villain: Takes Azog's place hunting the Company in Desolation of Smaug, while Azog is busy leading Sauron's forces.
- Large and In Charge: Seems to be a few inches taller than even Azog.
- Made of Iron: He takes a lot of punishment before finally going down in the third film, it's also could count as being literal, since if you look closely his armor is actually pieces of metal driven into his flesh, which is one of the reason he is so tough. only dying when Legalos stabs him in the head.
- Our Orcs Are Different: Of the Tolkienian sort, naturally.
- Poisoned Weapons: Shoots Kíli in the leg with a poisoned arrow.
- Serkis Folk: Lawrence Makoare performed the motion capture.
- Rasputinian Death: He's impaled through the brain and his body falls several hundred feet off a cliff side. Then he gets crushed by falling debris.
- Red Right Hand: Has a damaged eye.
- The Rival: To Legolas. Bolg is the first character in the series to fight him to a stand still and make him bleed. The Desolation of Smaug ends with Legolas in hot pursuit of him.
- Spikes of Villainy: His armor is studded with spikes.
- Tin Tyrant: Wears a set of iron armor, and even has pieces of metal strapped to his head.
- Unflinching Walk: One of his noticeable traits is a steady, powerful stroll, most prominently in his introduction and after his fight with Legolas. Especially noticeable since most other Orcs limp, hop, waddle, slink, etc.
- You can see two orcs who are ordered to follow him imitating the same stride.
- Villain Exit Stage Left: Attempted at the end of Desolation of Smaug with Legolas in pursuit. Battle of Five Armies reveals he got away when he got up to his warg pack, which forced Legolas to break off.
The combined group of Orcs, Goblins, and Wargs that assist Azog in his hunt for Thorin and Company. See also the descriptions of the general species in the character pages of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Here are tropes that represent notable individuals in the group, and the group in general.
- Composite Character: The Warg Matriarch appears to be a gender-swapped version of the wolf-chieftain mentioned in the original novel, but her role also fulfills a unique one created for the films.
- Likewise, the group in general combines the elite guard of Azog from the Appendices of The Lord of the Rings with the Goblins and Wargs present in the "Out of the Frying Pan" chapter of The Hobbit.
- Also in a more literal sense, as is explained in the commentary. The designs for Yazneg and Narzug were early versions of Azog that the crew didn't feel would make the character justice, but also apparently were too good to be forsaken entirely.
- Defiant to the End: When captured by the Silvan elves during the attack on their realm, Narzug mocks the Elves in the clear knowledge he'll never escape their halls alive.
- Elite Mooks: Are notably much more competent than the Goblins residing in Goblin-town.
- Evil Albino: The Warg Matriarch, mirroring the appearance of her rider, Azog.
- Evil Counterpart: Are more or less this to the Company.
- Horse Of A Different Colour: Wargs serve as mounts to the orcs and goblins.
- Large and In Charge: All of Azog's lieutenants are noticeably taller than regular orcs.
- Monster Is a Mommy: The albino warg that Azog uses as his personal mount is identified as the Warg Matriach, and she happens to be the mother of most of the Wargs in Azog's hunting party.
- Mook Lieutenant: Yazneg, later followed by Fimbul.
- Never Mess with Granny: The Warg Matriarch is considerably older than the rest of the Wargs in the group, but she's still extremely fierce in combat all the same.
- Praetorian Guard: In a manner, the Hunters also serve Azog in this sort of manner.
- Spikes of Villainy: Yazneg's armor.
- Would Hurt a Child: Being Orcs, they had no issue attacking Bard's children during their assault upon Bard's home.
- You Have Failed Me: Yazneg is subjected to this by Azog himself for failing to hunt down Thorin and Company, and getting most of his hunting party killed by the Elves of Rivendell.
The Great Goblin
The Great Goblin (Barry Humphries)
"Who would be so bold as to come armed into my kingdom? Spies? Thieves? Assassins?"A powerful Goblin chieftain of Goblin-town. Surprisingly personable and snarky for a goblin.
- Acrofatic: Despite being about twenty times their size, he doesn't seem to be any less agile than his smaller kin.
- Adaptational Villainy: Although his book counterpart was also a villain, the first film makes him willing to answer Azog's bounty on Thorin's head. In the book, the goblins wanted them destroyed simply because they considered them spies and a threat (even though the dwarves never wanted any trouble with the goblins).
- Adipose Rex: Big and fat and the king. Self explanatory really.
- Bad Boss: While this is essentially the norm for orcs and goblins, he's shown sitting on some and crushing others with his feet. In the extended edition, he kills one of his own minions during his Villain Song just for kicks.
- Berserk Button: The sight of Orcrist causes him to lose his cool completely, making him opt to forgo torture in favor of killing the dwarves immediately:"I know that sword! It is the Goblin Cleaver! The Biter, the blade that sliced a thousand necks! Slash them! Beat them! Kill them, kill them all! Cut off his head!"
- Body Horror: His "beard" isn't made of hair.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Lesser goblins address him as "Your Malevolence".
- Cool Crown: Which may be made of claws or teeth.
- Disgusting Public Toilet: According to the design team, his throne also acts as a commode, and was set-dressed accordingly...
- Fat Bastard: Extremely so on both counts.
- Faux Affably Evil: He acts very jolly and cordial for a sadist. The extended edition takes this further, having him lead his goblins in a merry Villain Song about how he plans on torturing and killing the dwarves for trespassing into his kingdom.
- Freak Out: When he sees the dwarves' elven swords.
- Genius Bruiser: Enormously strong (he effortlessly smashes his way through a bridge) and he comes across as pretty knowledgeable, knowing Thorin's history and being able to correctly identify magic swords on sight.
- Genre Savvy: When he sees the elven swords, he orders the dwarves killed pretty much immediately. Unfortunately, he's not quite quick enough.
- Graceful Loser: He handles Gandalf eviscerating him with surprising nonchalance. See Major Injury Underreaction for his exact words before getting his throat slit.
- I Will Show You X: In the extended addition:Óin: You're going to have to speak up. Your boys flattened my trumpet!
Great Goblin: I'll flatten more than your TRUMPET!
- Jerkass: Takes a moment to rub in how Thorin, the King Under the Mountain, "[doesn't] have a mountain. And [he's] not a king. Which makes [him]... nobody, really".
- King Mook: The biggest, and also most important goblin seen in Peter Jackson's movies.
- Large and In Charge: He's almost the size of a troll.
- Large Ham: Special mention goes to his breaking out in song while describing how he intends to torture and kill the Dwarves.
- "He wields the foe-hammer! The Beater, brrright as daylight!"
- Major Injury Underreaction: In the film after Gandalf fatally injures him."...that'll do it."
- Mythology Gag: Bears a resemblance to his counterpart from the animated film.
- Our Goblins Are Different: Even more different than other Goblins as he's much larger than a man and grotesquely fat.
- Serkis Folk: By the one and only Barry Humphries.
- Slashed Throat: What Gandalf does to finally do him in. Turns out he was right to freak out about seeing Glamdring.
- Spell My Name with a "The": The Great Goblin.
- Villainous Glutton: Presumably, given how bloated he is compared to all other goblins and orcs.
- Villain Song: Gets a brief one (quoted above) that sounds somewhat reminiscent of the "Goblin-Town" song from the book. The extended edition has him singing an altered version of the aforementioned song.
- Wicked Cultured: He seems quite well-spoken and knowledgeable for a goblin.
The Goblins of Goblin-Town
The Goblins of Goblin-Town
The countless inhabitants of Goblin-Town and the Great Goblin's minions.
- Bamboo Technology: Their city's bridges, platforms, and torture machines are all made of wood.
- Evil Minions: Naturally.
- Extended Disarming: They do this to the dwarves.
- Freak Out: When they recognize Thorin's weapon, Orcrist, the "goblin cleaver".
- Harmless Villain: The film makes them really bordering on this.
- Mooks: Numerous and ineffective.
- Our Goblins Are Different: Generally short (with some fat ones) and ugly. They set traps for travelers in the mountains.
- Quantity vs. Quality / Conservation of Ninjutsu: Their infinite number is nothing compared to the dwarves' weapons and combat skills, let alone Gandalf.
- Zerg Rush: Their only tactic.
The Necromancer (Benedict Cumberbatch)
"It has begun. The East will fall. So shall the Kingdom of Angmar rise. The time of the Elves is over. The Age of the Orc has come."Lord of Dol Guldur and the source of the evil infecting Mirkwood. Becomes the primary target of the White Council's efforts.Also see Sauron's character sheet in The Lord of the Rings.
- Ascended Extra: He's never actually seen in the book and prior to the added relevance he's given in The Lord Of The Rings, he's more of a plot device to keep Gandalf out of the story than an actual character, given how little is revealed about him. Here, he plays a much bigger role.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Azog working for him comes off more as a case of fear than loyalty especially given his fight with Gandalf.
- Bigger Bad: Azog and Smaug are the major antagonists in An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug, but Azog works for the Necromancer, and Gandalf's reason for helping Thorin is to prevent Smaug from allying with him.
- Black Knight: When he bursts into flames and becomes the Eye of Sauron, the Dark Lord's iconic helmet is visible for a few seconds.
- Black Speech: He invented the language.
- Casting a Shadow: How he fights Gandalf in The Desolation of Smaug.
- The Corruption: Spreads one over the Greenwood. The once healthy forest becomes sick and decayed, and overrun with Shelob's children becoming Mirkwood. Radagast is the first to notice its nasty effects on the wildlife.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Dishes one out to Gandalf in The Desolation of Smaug, overwhelming his light with waves of darkness before incinerating the wizard's staff and telekinetically slamming him into a wall. Later, Galadriel turns the tables on him and sends him flying over the horizon with a shockwave of light.
- Dark Is Evil: He manifests as a giant shadow and makes card carrying statements like "There is no light that can defeat the darkness" and so forth.
- The Dreaded: Azog breaks off his pursuit of Thorin because his fear of the Necromancer outweighs his hate of Thorin.
- Evil Sounds Deep: As one would expect from Benedict Cumberbatch.
- Fisher King: While he rules Dol Guldur, Mirkwood becomes a twisted shadow of its former self.
- Humanoid Abomination: Takes a humanoid form when confronting Radagast and pulverizing Gandalf.
- Knight of Cerebus: His mere presence results in Foreshadowing to darker events on the horizon and 'Desolation of Smaug is much darker because there's more emphasis on his presence, and his reappearance towards the climax of the film marks the Darkest Hour with Gandalf being captured, him sending out his army, and Smaug appearing then going to destroy Laketown.
- Living Shadow: Since he doesn't have a physical body, he manifests as a shadowy figure.
- Necromancer: Obviously. It's what he calls himself.
- The Necrocracy: Dol Guldur, his domain.
- Spell My Name with a "The": The Necromancer.
- Walking Spoiler: Though those familiar with the books will know who he really is from the beginning.
- Wreathed in Flames: When utterly crushing Gandalf in The Desolation of Smaug, he appears as the Eye of Sauron with his humanoid form as the pupil, itself with a single flaming eye, repeating itself infinitely.
The Witch-King of Angmar
The Witch-King of Angmar
The Necromancer's greatest servant and holder of one of the greatest of the nine rings of power given to Men. Formerly king of the evil realm of Angmar in northern Eriador, which was destroyed by a combined force of Elves and Men of Gondor and Arnor, but not before his forces destroyed Fornost, the last stronghold of Arnor.Also see his character sheet in The Lord of the Rings.
- Black Eyes of Evil: His eyes are jet black.
- Continuity Nod: He appears as the Pale King seen by Frodo in The Fellowship of the Ring.
- The Dragon: To the Necromancer.
- Early-Bird Cameo: At Dol Guldur, if taking into account that The Hobbit takes place years before The Lord of the Rings.
- Knife Nut: Once again wields a Morgul blade.
- Light Is Not Good: When attacking Radagast, he appears as a pearly white, glowing, undead king (much as he appeared in The Fellowship of the Ring, when Frodo saw his true face).
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Was once a mortal man corrupted by the Ring of Power he received.
- Our Liches Are Different: So long as the Nine Rings and the One Ring still exist he cannot be destroyed. There's also the prophecy, but that's another trope.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: According to Elrond and Saruman, he was imprisoned in an enchanted tomb following the fall of his kingdom.
- Teleport Spam: He and the other Nazgûl teleport rather liberally during the fight against the White Council.
- Tin Tyrant: He appears dressed in full armor in The Battle of the Five Armies, as do his fellow Ringwraiths.
- Was Once a Man: Used to be a king, but like mentioned above, he was corrupted by one of the Rings of Power he received.
- The Worf Effect: The fact that Radagast beats him with ease establishes how powerful the brown wizard really is, no matter how silly he appears. Elrond, Saruman, and Radagast make quick work of him and the other Nazgûl during their rescue of Gandalf.
The Spiders of Mirkwood
The Spiders of MirkwoodSome of the countless brood of Ungoliant who are nesting in Dol Guldur and spreading through Mirkwood.
- Achilles' Heel: Bilbo manages to kill several by stabbing them in the mouth or in the abdomen. The dwarves also coordinate to tear off the limbs of a spider.
- All Webbed Up: What they do to their victims before eating them.
- Animalistic Abominations: They're the offspring of Shelob, who in turn was the daughter of Ungoliant.
- Cobweb Jungle: They're transforming Mirkwood into this and set web traps everywhere. Bilbo inadvertently informs them of the presence of the Company when he plays with a web filament, not knowing what it really is.
- Giant Spiders: Not as big as Shelob in The Return of the King, but still very dangerous.
- Knockout Ambush: On Bilbo.
- Primal Fear: They are giant spiders.
- Spiders Are Scary: Especially if they're descended from a spider-shaped Eldritch Abomination.
- Talking Animal: The Ring somehow allows Bilbo to understand what they say when he puts it on. Considering who made the Ring and the place the spiders come from, it makes sense.
- Zerg Rush: How they try to take down the dwarves and elves.
The Master of Laketown
The Master of Laketown (Stephen Fry)
"And all this talk of a change must be suppressed. We can't afford to let the rabble band together, start making noises. The next you know, they'll start asking questions, forming committees."The elected leader of Laketown, a large town built entirely on the Long Lake, and an all-around Slimeball. He's not a foe to the Company in The Desolation of Smaug since he provides genuine help to them before they reach the Lonely Mountain, but he holds a serious grudge against Bard, whom he considers a threat to his authority on the town.
- Adaptational Villainy: While he is a greedy bastard, he doesn't directly oppose Bard in the book, in which him being the bad guy was mostly an Informed Attribute since he didn't actually do any evil.
- Adipose Rex: Notably not the 'Rex' part officially, but as ruler of Laketown, he's still the head honcho, and grossly overweight (to the point of gout).
- The Alcoholic: The Master gets several brandies down before breakfast.
- Bald of Evil: Or it would be if not for his Improbable Hairstyle.
- Beard of Evil: A greasy goatee.
- Death by Adaptation: The Master survives both Smaug's attack and the Battle of the Five Armies in book, and is only mentioned to have died alone in the wilderness after Bilbo returns home. In the films, he gets crushed by Smaug's falling corpse during the destruction of Lake-town.
- Dirty Coward: Flees Laketown during Smaug's attack with a barge filled with gold and leaving his citizens to die.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Died after being squished by Smaug's descending corpse.
- The Dung Ages: Laketown is living in one. Since the destruction of Erebor and Dale, the trade they depend on has diminished substantially, with the Woodland Realm as sole source of trade. As the Company enters Laketown, they pass stone ruins in the lake, indicating that Laketown was once much larger, wealthier, and cleaner. Thorin apparently remembers that Laketown.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: His actual name isn't given; he's just called "the Master".
- Evil Is Petty: Locks up Bard after Thorin and his company head to the mountain just because he can.
- Fat Bastard: He's both obese and incredibly corrupt.
- Greed: What motivates him to help Thorin and the Company afters listening to Thorin's speech.
- Improbable Hairstyle: The Master sports one of the most tragic comb-overs committed to celluloid.
- I Own This Town: Or at least has a truly fantastic number of spies.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Provides clothes, armor and viable weapons to Thorin and the Company, and offers them a feast the night before they reach the Lonely Mountain. Although he only does so because he thinks it will benefit him later.
- Karmic Death: Gets crushed by Smaug's corpse falling from the sky after Bard kills the dragon and after the Master left everyone including Alfrid behind to die.
- Knockout Ambush: Knocks Bard out with a piece of wood in the climax of The Desolation of Smaug.
- Large and In Charge: Both in terms of his girth and by virtue of being played by the extremely tall Stephen Fry.
- The Master: It's in his name.
- Slave to PR: It's made clear early on that the only reason he's able to maintain his power is by keeping his people happy. Bard is allowed to smuggle 14 barrels of fish into the city because of this. Later on, he allows the dwarves to continue their mission after they make it known that there will be money in it for the village.
- Sleazy Politician
Alfrid (Ryan Gage)
"In the absence of the Master the powers seethes to his deputy, which in this instance is my good self. Now give me that blanket!"The Master of Laketown's aide de camp and all-around slimy bureaucrat.
- Butt Monkey: In Battle of the Five Armies.
- Canon Foreigner: Doesn't appear in the book.
- Corrupt Bureaucrat: He's perfectly willing to abuse his power if it helps his boss keep his job.
- Dirty Coward: Is this especially in Battle of the Five Armies, down to disguising himself as an old woman. And then having to run for it when the real old women join the battle.
- Expy: Of Edmund Blackadder with the redeeming qualities scrubbed out.
- Hate Sink: He reminds you in every scene in which he appears how greedy, selfish, lazy, lying, misogynist, and cowardly he is — all the while taking up valuable screen-time!
- Jerkass: He wheedles Bard just to be a jerk. In Battle of the Five Armies, he's especially this to everyone, from upset survivors to Bilbo and Gandalf.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Every time he's given an opportunity to redeem himself, Bard ordering him to lead the women and children to safety during a battle, he manages to be an even bigger jerk by pushing them out of his way and refuse to partake in the battle after the womenfolk decide to take matters in their own hands.
- Karma Houdini: He survives Smaug's attack on Laketown after the Master pushes him out of the boat to lose weight, and despite a near-attempted hanging by the angry survivors and being in the middle of the battle he still avoids any karma, and escapes with a bodice stuffed full of gold. However, given that this is pretty close to the Master's fate in the original book which was followed by death in the wastelands, Alfrid's number may soon be up.
- Kick the Dog: When Fíli asks for help for his sick brother Kíli, after the Master refuses Alfrid acts more rudely towards the Dwarves, saying "Do I look like an apothecary?"
- The Millstone: Despite repeatedly proving himself to be the least capable, least trustworthy human being in all of Middle-Earth, Alfrid is repeatedly put in charge of important tasks or selected to perform important duties by characters who really should know better, bungling them each time with his laziness, selfishness, and greed and proving to be little better than an oxygen thief.
- Number Two: For the Master. Later tries to be this for Bard with varying success.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: He goes out of his way to make life harder for Bard, who threatens the Master's hegemony over Laketown.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: How else would a Mr. Lickspittle shine?
- Smug Snake: He's a lot like Wormtongue from The Lord of the Rings, but less creepy and more sleazy.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Despite his non-canonical status, in Battle of the Five Armies Alfrid's Aesop Amnesia comedy shtick is afforded the same if not more screen-time than Beorn, many of the thirteen dwarves and even Bilbo.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Gríma Wormtongue.
- Yes-Man: Alfrid does whatever the Master orders.
Lobelia Sackville-Baggins (Erin Banks)
A rather unpleasant but very wealthy hobbit whose family has a rocky history with the Bagginses of Bag End. Wife of Otho Sackville-Baggins.
- Feuding Families: Aggressively pushes her husband to usurp his cousin, Bilbo, for leadership of the Baggins clan.
- Floral Theme Naming: Like most female hobbits, she's named after a flower. Applicably, the lobelia symbolizes malevolence and ill will.
- Nosy Neighbor: She's known to constantly pry into Bilbo's affairs.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Costume designer Ann Maskrey describes her as being "decked out like an old traveller's caravan." She's on the right, here with Otho.◊
- Parasol of Prettiness: She carries a dainty parasol, similarly fussy as her dress.
- Preppy Name: The name Sackville was a familiar "aristocratic" name in Tolkien's day, especially in double-barreled names such as Sackville-West, and he presumably used it (and the contrast with the more mundane Baggins) to imply the somewhat snobbish nature of the Sackville-Bagginses.
- Rich Bitch: In An Unexpected Journey, she appears in a neat cameo, prissily tottering over Hobbiton Bridge in a Pimped-Out Dress, whilst making sure she shoots her cousin-in-law Bilbo a decidedly shitty look.
- Sticky Fingers: She's not above pinching silverware from relatives, as Bilbo explains, but probably justifies it as karmic theft, given that she also sees Bag-End as her rightful inheritance...
- In Battle of the Five Armies, she tries to steal Bilbo's silverware with him presumed dead.
- Timeshifted Actor: In Fellowship, her older self (aged around 83) is played by Peter Jackson regular Elizabeth Moody, AKA Lionel's mother from Braindead. In An Unexpected Journey, she's around 23.
Otho Sackville-Baggins (Brian Hotter)Another wealthy but rather unpleasant hobbit; husband of Lobelia Sackville-Baggins.
- Feuding Families: He's Bilbo's first-cousin and closest living heir, and therefore, his ambition was to succeed Bilbo as head of the Baggins family and be head of two families at once. Bilbo thwarts this by officially naming Frodo as the heir to Bag End.
- Henpecked Husband: Lobelia is quite obviously the one who rules the roost in the Sackville-Baggins family.
- Preppy Name: Though his father was a Baggins, he inherited headship of the Sackville family through his mother, Camellia. Thus, Otho effectively founded a new family.
- Timeshifted Actor: He appears in Fellowship at the venerable age of 91, but in An Unexpected Journey, he's around 30.
Characters from deleted scenes.
Gerontius "The Old" Took
Gerontius "The Old" Took (Dan Hennah)
Patriarch of one of the two greatest Hobbit families and Thain of the Shire, the last (ceremonial) representative of the fallen Kings of Arnor. Grandfather of Bilbo and great-grandfather of Frodo.
- Badass Family: Clan-leader of an uncharacteristically adventurous hobbit family, he's Bilbo's grandfather.
- The Clan: The head of it, in fact.
- Creator Cameo: Played by Weta's Dan Hennah.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: No one calls him Gerontius, just The Old Took.
- Gag Nose: Sports the most ridiculously extreme nose in the movie — the special features reveal Peter Jackson did this deliberately as a joke on Dan Hennah.
- Happy Flashback: He appears in a very sweet scene added to special edition of An Expected Journey, which depicts a typically merry hobbit gathering.
- Posthumous Character: He's deceased long before The Hobbit takes place, at least by several decades.
- Spell My Name with a "The": A non-malevolent example, used out of respect.
Belladonna Took (Sonia Forbes-Adam)
One of the Old Took's four daughters and Bilbo's mother.
- Floral Theme Naming: Like most female hobbits, she's named after a flower. Despite the negative connotations of "deadly nightshade", the name is derived from the Italian for "beautiful woman".
- Good Parents: By all accounts, Bungo and Belladonna were very loving and attentive parents who raised Bilbo to be a strong-minded and compassionate person. Her willingness to accept a little bit of adventure in life also contributed to Bilbo's curiosity and thirst for exploration, something that Belladonna actively nurtured in him.
- Happy Flashback: Appears in the above mentioned flashback, where we see her gently admonish a very young Bilbo after he whacks Gandalf with his wooden sword. It's a sweet cameo, and nice to see she and Bilbo together in less troubled times.
- Posthumous Character: Whilst she appears in the flashback, mentioned above, by the time of the events depicted in the main story, she has been dead for around ten years.
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