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    Gollum 

Gollum (Formerly Sméagol)

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"Oh! We knows! We knows safe paths for hobbitses! Safe paths in the dark... '''Shut up'''!"

Species: Hobbit

Portrayed by: Andy Serkis

Voiced by: Ricardo Tejedo (Latin American Spanish dub), Rubén Trujillo (Latin American Spanish dub, Fellowship of the Ring)

Appears in: An Unexpected Journey | The Fellowship of the Ring | The Two Towers | The Return of the King


"They cursed us. Murderer they called us. They cursed us, and drove us away. And we wept, Precious, we wept to be so alone. And we only wish to catch fish so juicy sweet. And we forgot the taste of bread... the sound of trees... the softness of the wind. We even forgot our own name. My Precious."

Once a Stoor hobbit named Sméagol living in the hobbits' original home along the Great River Anduin, he murdered his cousin Déagol on his birthday after Déagol found the One Ring and refused to give to Sméagol as a present. Sméagol was then exiled. To deal with the stresses of exile, Sméagol's personality fractured, creating the creature known as Gollum, for the hacking cough he developed. Gollum, unlike Sméagol, was cruel, ruthless, twisted and manipulative, but allowed them to survive in the goblin-infested Misty Mountains. Eventually, Bilbo Baggins encountered Gollum as he trekked eastwards on the Quest of Erebor. Bilbo stole the One Ring, and beat Gollum in a game of riddles. Many years later, Gollum, hoping to reclaim the Ring, followed the Fellowship on their journey, starting in Moria. After the breaking of the Fellowship, he ambushed Frodo and Sam as they continued alone, but was captured and eventually served as their guide to Mount Doom. Despite the reemergence of the more decent Sméagol personality, he could not resist the lure of the Ring, and eventually attempted to lead Frodo and Sam into Shelob's clutches, so he could take the Ring from their bodies, but was killed when he attempted to take the Ring one last time at the Crack of Doom.
  • Accidental Hero: He did not mean to destroy the Ring, but if he hadn't tried to seize it from Frodo, it would never have fallen into the fire and either Frodo will turn into Gollum-Frodo or Sauron will reclaim the Ring.
  • Adaptational Comic Relief: Surprisingly enough, though is mostly applies to his Sméagol side. His wallowing in misery can sometimes be over-the-top.
  • Affably Evil: The Smeagol side is generally friendly and helpful.
  • Anti-Hero: Becomes one in The Two Towers, aiding Frodo and Sam on their quest after the two spare his life, before slipping back to his old ways.
  • Ax-Crazy: The Gollum side of him is unhinged, depraved and murderous.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Of Return of the King. He's the main threat for Frodo and Sam, while Sauron is the main threat for the entire Free People of Middle-earth.
  • Breakout Character: Was essentially a One-Scene Wonder in The Hobbit. In The Lord of the Rings, he's a big attraction.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to his cousin Déagol's Abel; Sméagol murdered him for the Ring.
  • Catchphrase: "My Precioussss", "Gollum, Gollum!"
  • Chronic Villainy: He struggles between his loyalty to Frodo who spared his life and was kind to him, and his temptation by the Ring. In the end, the temptation wins, and he becomes a full-on villain by the third movie.
  • The Corruption: Gollum is the result of long-term possession and use of the Ring.
  • The Determinator: A rather dark version. He survives starvation, the dead lands, the marshes, torture, and falling off a cliff, all powered by his lust for his precious. Possession of the One Ring extends its bearers lifespan indefinitely. However, once they lose possession of it, all that age catches up with them very quickly, as it did to Bilbo, after living 111 years but barely seeming to age until he gave up the ring. In comparison, the Ring extended Gollum's lifespan until he was approaching 600 years old. Several years after losing the ring, he's still going strong.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The relationship between Smeagol and Gollum resembles several real-life psychological scenarios:
    • Gollum's obsession with the Ring is reminiscent of methamphetamine addiction. It turns his body thin and haggard, destroys his identity and willpower, drives him to kill in order to possess it, and generally consumes his life.
    • Gollum, as an Enemy Within born from guilt, is a Split Personality and acts like depression, anxiety and self-hatred do for many people.
    • Many elements of the Smeagol/Gollum dialogue resemble a real-life abusive relationship: one side is constantly goaded into crime by the other one who appears loving, comforting and guiding. When the meek Smeagol tries to break free, Gollum switches to threatening and reminding Smeagol that Gollum is the reason they survive. Smeagol banishes Gollum and can barely believe it, but comes back crying at the first sign of betrayal and this is just what Gollum is waiting for to welcome him back into the fold.
    • And of course, Smeagol "loves and hates the Ring as he loves and hates himself", which sounds awfully like Stockholm syndrome.
  • Driven to Madness: By the Ring.
  • Evil Is Petty: The Gollum side takes gleeful delight in tormenting others and inflicting harm.
  • Famous Last Words: "Precious!"
  • Faux Affably Evil: When Smeagol finally sides with Gollum, the end result is this - a false front of good cheer that hides a scheming, devious trickster who's bent on killing Frodo and Sam to get the One Ring.
  • Foil: To Bilbo. Bilbo's life as a Ring-bearer began with an act of Mercy while Smeagol began his with murder.
  • Freudian Trio: With Frodo and Sam; represents the Id.
  • Gollum Made Me Do It: Trope Namer.
  • Hobbits: At one time he was not unlike Frodo and Sam. This is part of why he's so damn tough.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: He keeps wavering between "Gollum", the murderous sneaky bastard who wants to kill the thieves, and "Sméagol", the last vestige of his former self who yearns for friendship. Eventually Sméagol sides with Gollum outright.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Sméagol gets the upper hand in the second film and puts his trust fully in Frodo... and then Frodo has to trick him into getting captured by the Rangers of Ithilien, who are none too gentle. He feels betrayed by Frodo because of this and starts plotting to murder him and Sam.
    • While his tragic near-repentence from the books doesn't happen in the movies, there is a scene in Shelob's lair that drives home the same point. When Frodo fights Gollum in Shelob's lair, his Smeagol-persona returns causing Frodo to feel pity towards him and spare him. However, Frodo then admits the purpose of the quest to Gollum, at which he snaps and attacks Frodo again. This is the last time his Smeagol-persona appears in the movies...
      Gollum: It wasn't us! It wasn't us! Smeagol wouldn't hurt master! We promised! You must believe us! It was The Precious! The Precious made us do it!
      Frodo: I have to destroy it, Smeagol... I have to destroy for the both of our sakes...
      Gollum: Noooooo!
  • I'm Melting!: Falls into the magma in Mount Doom.
  • It's All About Me: The Gollum side of his personality is profoundly solipsistic, greedy and vain.
  • Lack of Empathy: Again, the Gollum side has zero compassion.
  • Loincloth: His only clothing is a small loincloth - presumably what's left of his pants from the time he was a hobbit. He still has a pocket on it he can put the ring into.
  • Manchild: Sméagol is very childlike and even playful, speaking in singsong and capering around. Sometimes he does this when he's happy that Frodo is being nice, sometimes he's happy because he's feeding Frodo to Shelob. And he's both at once during the riddle game with Bilbo.
  • Monster Sob Story: He was a regular hobbit once, but the Ring drove him into killing his cousin. If it hadn't been for that, he probably would have had a normal life.
  • Not So Different: From a hobbit once, or from Frodo under the power of the Ring.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Uses this to terrifying effect during his scene in An Unexpected Journey, using it to vanish from sight and pop up behind Bilbo multiple times during their encounter. Even without the Ring's invisibility, he's plenty stealthy on his own.
  • Pre-Insanity Reveal: Gollum is a prime example. Originally a hobbit named Sméagol, he was corrupted mentally and physically by the Ring by the time Bilbo meets him in The Hobbit.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Five hundred something.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: In the Jackson films, Sam never completely trusts him even when he's loyal to Frodo. When he begins plotting in earnest, though... In the extended edition, there's a scene toward the end of The Two Towers where Sam does apparently start to trust Gollum in earnest, saying that he's being "very decent". And it's just before Gollum decides to go back to plotting Frodo and Sam's deaths, making this a case of Dramatic Irony, and making Sam's fury upon overhearing Gollum's scheming later even more understandable.
  • Sanity Slippage: All thanks to the One Ring, and being away from it for so long.
  • Serkis Folk: Trope Codifier in the Jackson films. Gollum is a CGI character, but played on the set by Andy Serkis in a motion capture suit.
  • Shadow Archetype: Gollum is a shadow to both Bilbo and Frodo. He is to some extent a shadow to Sam.
  • Spanner in the Works: "Even Gollum may have something yet to do..."
  • Split Personality: He lost his sanity from spending too much time by himself, with the Ring as his only company, and developed two distinct personalities: the curious, loyal and often playful Sméagol, and the hateful, murderous Gollum. The two selves often engage in arguments with each other.
  • Starring Special Effects: He is one of the main characters of The Two Towers and The Return of the King, and he's created by motion capture.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Even if he did kill his own cousin for the possession of the Ring, you cannot help but feel sorry for the guy. The fact that the Ring has long consumed his soul does not help one bit. Also, Deagol himself was trying to kill him (granted, under the Ring's corruption) after denying Smeagol his birthday party.
  • Talking to Themself: Usually represented by having him talk to his reflection, with the camera focusing on himself for Sméagol and the reflection for Gollum.
  • That Man Is Dead: By the time he resurfaces in Mordor to confront Frodo and Sam, there's no Smeagol anymore, only Gollum.
    Frodo: You swore! Smeagol swore to the Precious!
    Gollum: Smeagol lied.
  • This Is Your Brain on Evil: Courtesy of the One Ring.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Fisssh. During the hundreds of years he spent in his cave, his primary food source was raw fish, which he grew really fond of.
  • Tragic Villain: In Gandalf's words, his life's story is "tragic".
  • Verbal Tic: "My Precioussss", "Gollum, Gollum!" He also has a tendency to call random things, usually people "precious" as well and punctuate his sentences with it, as though no matter what he were paying attention to his mind was constantly on the Ring.
  • Verbal Tic Name: He is only known as "Gollum" from the gurgling sound he makes in his throat.
  • Was Once a Man: The prologue of Return of the King shows us his gradual corruption by the Ring from a normal Hobbit into the creature Gollum. This was done at the insistence of Andy Serkis, who wanted viewers to see there really was an actor behind Gollum.
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    Smaug 

Smaug the Golden

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"I AM FIRE! I AM DEATH!"

Species: Dragon

Portrayed by: Benedict Cumberbatch

Voiced by: Carlos Segundo (Latin American Spanish dub), Ryuzaburo Otomo (Japanese dub)

Appears in: An Unexpected Journey | The Desolation of Smaug | The Battle of the Five Armies


"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 an ego and greed to match. Destroyed the city of Dale and conquered the kingdom of Erebor for its massive hoard of gold, in which he 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.
  • Adaptational Villainy: While he was a seriously evil piece of work in the novel, this incarnation comes across as far more sadistic and driven by personal hatred for Thorin and his people.
  • 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.
  • Ax-Crazy: He enjoys killing people, a trait most emphasised in his initial reason for attacking Laketown, where he was going to slaughter everyone simply For the Evulz.
  • 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. He makes it clear that he knows Bilbo is only trying to butter him up to stall for time, yet goes along with it because he enjoys the praise anyway... for a while, at least.
  • 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.
    • Don't mention that missing scale...
    Bilbo: "So it is true... the black arrow found its mark."
    Smaug: (whips around to face him) "What did you say?"
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: The "chiefest and greatest calamity" of the age and a massive threat to Bilbo and his companions alongside Azog. 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.
    • Does this regarding Thorin's motivations, with the added bonus of being right about a lot of it.
  • Breath Weapon: He's a dragon, you kinda have to expect he can breathe fire.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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 in 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: Very deep. Not surprising, considering he's voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. He purposefully lowered his voice as much as he could, so that he ended up having to drink the same "Gollum Juice" that Andy Serkis drank for voicing Gollum, and they then digitally lowered his voice afterwards.
  • 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.
  • Foil: To Gollum. The Stoor hobbit murdered his cousin to get the One Ring, while the fire drake slaughtered dozens of men and dwarves to get King Thrór's vast treasure. Both characters then resided for centuries in isolation inside a mountain, with the turning point marked by the arrival of Bilbo Baggins with whom they play a game of riddles. They both are also hypocritical, reacting with outrage and vindictiveness when someone tries to take away the treasures they stole for themselves in the first place. Smaug even uses Gollum's trademark word "precious" about the One Ring at one point. Sméagol turned into Gollum under the One Ring's influence, while Smaug has infected Erebor's treasure with "dragon sickness". Sméagol is pitiable due to his tragic story and the inner conflict he undergoes due to his split personalities, while the shamelessly malignant Smaug hasn't such redeeming aspects.
  • 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. He possesses a literal mountain of gold, and isn't willing to part with one coin.
  • 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. Plus, he rather pejoratively refers to Bilbo as a "thief," when he himself plundered an entire mountain kingdom of all its riches.
  • I Am the Noun: "I am fire. I am... death."
  • I Will Show You X: After being injured by Bilbo and the dwarves, Smaug snaps, "I... will 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 is 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 will 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.
  • Lack of Empathy: For someone who treats everyone around him as insects and shows no remorse over ridding a whole nation of their home, it's pretty obvious that he has zero empathy.
  • 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.
    You have nice manners... for a thief, and a LIAR!
  • 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.
  • The Nose Knows: When Bilbo attempts to use the ring to sneak by Smaug, it fails because Smaug can smell him and hear his footsteps in the piles of gold. Bilbo eventually gives up and reveals himself, switching to stalling tactics. His sense of smell allows him to discern that Bilbo has been traveling in the company of dwarves, thereby alerting Smaug to his real motive for entering the mountain.
  • 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.
  • One-Man Army: 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. There's a very good reason why Gandalf wanted him taken out before he had a chance to join Sauron.
  • O.O.C. 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 body-shape, at least, he's a wyvern (four limbs — a pair of bat like wings and hind legs). 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: The shape of his mouth gives him a permanent example of this trope, though when he bares his teeth it looks like a Slasher Smile.
  • Smug Snake: 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", complete with serpentine tongue-flick.
  • Stealthy Colossus: He can be real quiet and stealthy when he is not shaking the earth with his rage. At one point he is even able to go unnoticed by the dwarves while climbing above them until a loose coin falls off his scales, drawing their notice.
  • The Sociopath: Smaug shows many sociopathic traits as the films go on: incredibly Ax-Crazy and sadistic as he shows to exhibit extreme amounts of glee at even the very thought of slaughtering people as well as delighting in rubbing in Bard's face how he's going to kill his son first, extraordinarily self-absorbed to the point of being easily distracted with basic flattery, a need for stimulation considering that after levelling Erebor, he easily grows bored and sleeps until he's finally awakened and an utter Lack of Empathy for his victims, recalling upon times of wanton slaughter with absolute fondness as if it was nothing but a favourite pastime.
  • 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 (and his house) doing it.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: His eyes are gold, reflecting his magical nature.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Which just gets worse and worse as the dwarves humiliate and insult him.
  • 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.
  • Visual Pun: Though not used in the film, one of Smaug's titles is "Smaug the Golden", named after his vast wealth. One of the dwarves' attempts to kill him is to drown him in molten gold. Smaug emerges out of the bath completely coated in liquid gold, thus truly making him Smaug the Golden.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 extended edition of The Desolation of Smaug reveals that he was allied with Sauron all along.

    Three Trolls 

The Trolls (Bert, Tom & William)

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"Nothing wrong with a bit of raw Dwarf! Nice and crunchy!"

Species: Troll

Portrayed by: Mark Hadlow, William Kircher, Peter Hambleton

Voiced by: Germán Fabregat, Ricardo Hill, Miguel Ángel Ghigliazza (Latin American Spanish dub)

Appear in: An Unexpected Journey | The Fellowship of the Ringnote 


Three trolls from the Ettenmoors that the Company encounter in the Trollshaws west of Rivendell. Extremely stupid, they attempted to eat the Company, but fail 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).
  • 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.
  • Comically Cross-Eyed: Tom, the Butt-Monkey of the trio, has uneasy eyes, indicating an Ambiguous Disorder.
  • Dumb Muscle: With a degree of variation. Tom seems way dim compared to the others, while the others, at least, are particularly savvy. Tom also has unfocused eyes, possibly implying other difficulties.
  • Evil Brit: The stupid kind, since they all speak with the stereotypically gruff Cockney accent.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Played straight with William and Bert, and inverted with Tom.
  • Exact Words: Kíli demands the trolls drop Bilbo. They oblige and toss Bilbo right on top of him.
  • Eye Scream: Bert's left eye is dead.
  • Genre Blind: The Trolls especially Bert the cook go along with Bilbo's ruse of explaining the secret to cooking Dwarf and then they believe him when he insists the dwarves are infected with parasites and are inedible. The only one who doesn't believe Bilbo is William, not that it does him any good
  • Groin Attack: Bert gets hit in the groin by Dori (which is pretty funny since they share an actor).
  • I Have Your Wife: They get the dwarves to surrender by capturing Bilbo.
  • Laughably Evil: They serve the role of "funny villains" for the earlier part of An Unexpected Journey.
  • The Leader: Bert 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 and requires Tom sneezing in it to make it better.
  • Mighty Glacier: The Trolls: Fili and Kili 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 Villain: They might be stupid and goofy, but once enraged they threaten to tear Bilbo limb from limb.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Unlike Bert who enthusiastically falls for Bilbo's ruse about knowing the secret to cooking Dwarf, and Tom who mindlessly follows along with what the others are doing, William tells the others to get a move on with cooking the dwarves, and states matter of factly that they shouldn't bother seasoning them because the sun is just about to come up and he doesn't want to be turned to stone when it does.
  • Roar Before Beating: They speak English perfectly well, but a vestige of their more primitive troll nature is seen when Dwalin smashes Bert on the foot with his axe, and he lets out an outraged, bestial roar.
  • Serkis Folk: Portrayed by Mark Hadlow, William Kircher and Peter Hambleton via motion capture.
  • Shout-Out: Specifically, a Three Stooges 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!"
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Bilbo keeps the trolls from killing the dwarves by promising to tell them the secret to cooking dwarf and then insisting the dwarves have parasites and are inedible. He keeps them busy until Gandalf and the Sun show up and kill them
  • Taken for Granite: When exposed to sunlight.
  • Tastes Like Chicken: William and Tom complain that all of Bert's cooking tastes like chicken. Except for his chicken, which tastes like fish.
  • Team Chef: Bert. And he's really pissed the others don't appreciate his cooking.
  • Teeth Flying: Bert gets some of his teeth knocked out by Dwalin.
  • 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.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Sunlight, which turns them into stone.

    The Great Goblin 

The Great Goblin

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"Bones will be shattered, necks will be wrung! You'll be beaten and battered, from racks you'll be hung! You will die down here and never be found, down in the deep of Goblin Town!"

Species: Goblin

Portrayed by: Barry Humphries

Voiced by: Humberto Vélez (Latin American Spanish dub)

Appears in: An Unexpected Journey


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.
  • Curb-Stomp Cushion: He's about the only goblin that lands a good blow on Gandalf, swatting him off his feet. Before Gandalf gets back up and promptly kills him with three slashes.
  • Disgusting Public Toilet: According to the design team, his throne also acts as a commode, and was set-dressed accordingly...
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Has a deep, booming voice.
  • 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 knowledgeble, knowing Thorin's history and being able to correctly identify magic swords on sight.
  • 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!"
  • Laughably Evil: He's a dangerous sadist who has every intention of torturing and killing the dwarves, but he's portrayed a lot more silly and comical than the likes of Smaug and Azog.
  • 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.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Of the “died later than in the source material” type. The books’ version of the Great Goblin is killed when Gandalf makes his entrance in Goblin Town to rescue the dwarves. Here, he shows up at the very end of the chase to fight Gandalf.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": The Great Goblin.
  • Tempting Fate
    "You thought you could escape me? What are you going to do now, wizard?"
  • 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. Furthermore, he composes songs and makes the entire community perform them.

    The Goblins of Goblin-Town 

The Goblins of Goblin-Town

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Species: Goblin

Appear in: An Unexpected Journey


The countless inhabitants of Goblin-Town and the Great Goblin's minions.

    Shelob 

Shelob

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Species: Spider

Appears in: The Return of the King


Shelob was one of the countless brood of Ungoliant, a Great Spider and a relic from a time before Sauron's Shadow. She was the greatest of Ungoliant’s spawn, many times larger than even the largest of Mirkwood's spiders. A purely neutral character, she only served herself, and her hunger and bloodlust would be satisfied by any creature she could consume.
  • Achilles' Heel: Her underside is not as tough as the rest of her body; when she gives up trying to paralyze Sam with her venom and decides to crush him, he shoves Sting into her guts. The book emphasizes that unlike dragons, Shelob has no weak spots save for her eyes. Sam is only able to pierce her skin and tissue because she unwittingly slams on his blade with her own, massive strength.
  • Animalistic Abomination: Just like Mommy.
  • Casting a Shadow: Like her mother, she weaves webs of unlight that are perceptible to the Hobbits, although the "unlight" part is hard to convey on film so they look like regular (but giant) webs.
  • Dark Action Girl: Shelob is a force to be reckoned with and puts up a good match with Sam.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Sauron treats her as his pet—specifically a cat, in that he thinks he owns her and she does whatever she pleases.
  • Eye Scream: Sam stabs her in one eye with Sting during their fight.
  • Giant Spider: She's thought to be the daughter of Ungoliant, a spirit on the order of Sauron and Balrogs, who took spider form. She's also related to the giant spiders of Mirkwood, but she's bigger.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Of the "pure evil" variety. She was stated to be immune to the Ring's temptations because power holds no interest for something that just wants to eat everything.
  • Meaningful Name: "Lob" is an archaic word for "spider". She's female. "She-Lob".
  • Omnicidal Maniac: No, really - it's All There in the Manual. "She, who desired only death for all others, and for herself a glut of life, alone..."
  • Primal Fear: Spiders. Big spiders. Not surprising, since Tolkien was bitten by a highly venomous spider as a boy.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female villain in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
  • Spiders Are Scary: Both Tolkien and Jackson firmly believe in this trope. Shelob is a horrific menace even to the nasties that populate Mordor.
    • Jackson deliberately asked the WETA team to model Shelob primarily after the funnel-web spider, one of Australia's most toxic and least adorable residents.
  • Time Abyss: She is said to have been around when the earth was born. Although that is moreso her mother Ungoliant.
  • The Voiceless: The fact that she was able to work out a deal with Gollum implies she can speak, but she never does during her appearance in the text. Or just that she understands speech, and relented her attack when Gollum begged for his life and promised to bring her tasty things to eat. After she injures herself on Sting and Sam regains the vial, Shelob does screech "Nooooooo!" as she drags herself away, though.
  • Weakened by the Light: The thing that finally makes her flinch is the phial of starlight Galadriel gave Frodo.
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    The Spiders of Mirkwood 

The Spiders of Mirkwood

Species: Spider

Appear in: An Unexpected Journey | The Desolation of Smaug


Some 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 Watcher in the Water 

The Watcher in the Water

Species: Unknown

Appears in: The Fellowship of the Ring


An aquatic monster which guards the western gates of Moria. It encounters the Fellowship upon their arrival to the walls of the dwarven realm, possibly awakening from a stone thrown to the water, and tries to abduct Frodo with its tentacles before being shot away by Legolas. It then crushes the doors of Moria behind them, leaving them trapped in Moria.
  • Angels, Devils and Squid: Considering the Fellowship is traveling with the equivalent of an angel and they encounter a devil shortly afterwards, definitely qualifies, though it is not exactly a squid.
  • Attack of the Monster Appendage: Unlike the book, the film monster emerges fully and even completely leaves the water at one point.
  • Cephalothorax: Aside from a series of sacks or quills behind it, the monster is composed of a tentacled body whose eyes and mouth configuration casually forms a human-like face.
  • Combat Tentacles: The Watcher has a multitude of tentacles, each ending in a grasping three fingered claw.
  • Composite Character: According to Peter Jackson, the Watcher in the Water is part of the race of nameless creatures which gnaw the world mentioned by Gandalf, and actually there was planned a scene in which Gandalf and the balrog scared away some of its kind upon splashing on the underground lake.
  • Eldritch Abomination: A tentacled monster with a humanoid face.
  • Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: A big, ugly, mean one.
  • Giant Squid: Distinctively subverted. Though its shape is very like a squid or octopus like, its body resembles more a bizarre mollusk spider, or rather a completely fictitious creature.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Has two jaws with some creepy teeth.
  • Kraken and Leviathan: It certainly evokes the kraken imagery.
  • No Name Given: It is not called by its name in the film.
  • Tentacle Rope: It catches Frodo with its tentacles and swings him before Sam and Legolas free him. Afterwards, it still tries to catch them and drags them down into the water.
  • Uncertain Doom: Unlike the books where the creature clearly survived, the movie leaves it ambiguous whether the Watcher was killed by the falling rocks or merely trapped the fellowship.

    The Balrog 

Balrog of Morgoth, "Durin's Bane"

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Species: Maia (Balrog)

Appears in: The Fellowship of the Ring | The Two Towers


"You fear to go into those mines. The dwarves delved too greedily and too deep. You know what they awoke in the depths of Khazad-dûm; shadow and flame."
— Saruman

A Balrog of Morgoth, a monster of the First Age, awoken by the dwarves in their delvings beneath Khazad-dûm, who killed Durin VI and drove the dwarves from their oldest and greatest realm. Encountered by the Fellowship as they leave Khazad-dûm. Slain by Gandalf in a titanic battle that began at the lowest abyss of Moria and ended on Durin's Tower, its highest point.
  • Big Red Devil: He's effectively this on fire.
  • Dark Is Evil: The parts of him that aren't on fire are black and shadowy and he lives in one of the deepest, darkest places of Middle-Earth.
  • The Dreaded: When the Balrog rumbles, a hundred goblins who were willing to try their luck with the fellowship panic and flee. Gimli laughs, the hobbits look relieved; Gandalf's face fills with dread and regret.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: Balrogs are some of the most feared creatures in Middle-Earth for good reason. They served Sauron's old boss before the Third Age and are all Hero Killers. Even the goblins are terrified of it.
  • Fallen Angel: Is a Maia, the same order of being as Gandalf and Sauron. Originally a benevolent fire spirit, it and the other Balrogs were corrupted into demons by Sauron's former master millennia ago.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The story was already serious, but he upped the ante and paved the way for the Fellowship's breaking by bringing down Gandalf. (Of course, Gandalf got better.) It also introduced the epic one-on-one fights that would occur later in the story.
  • Large and in Charge: At least twenty feet tall, and much larger than the orcs and trolls in Moria,. They seem to be almost as afraid of him as the Fellowship is.
  • Playing with Fire: The movie makes it looks like he's literally a demon of flame. And shadow.
  • Plot-Irrelevant Villain: Has nothing to do with Sauron or the Ring. His presence is primarily to be a believable force that can defeat Gandalf.
  • Rasputinian Death: Falls down a deep pit along with Gandalf, as they try to stab one another as they plummet down to the bottom. Once they land, they are immediately submerged, carried down the stream presumably, until they reached the base of a mountain, climb the Endless Stair to the peak of Celebdil, where they fought until Gandalf manages to pierce its heart, causing it to fall down to its death.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: A giant demon that is black as magmatic rock, but perpetually wreathed in flame.
  • The Leader: Although the goblins are afraid of it, the Balrog seems to see them as guards, given that he tolerated them when they arrived in Moria.
  • Whip It Good: He uses a flaming whip in conjunction with a Flaming Sword.

    The Goblins of Moria 

The Goblins of Moria

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Species: Goblin

Appear in: The Fellowship of the Ring


"They have taken the bridge and the second hall. We have barred the gates but cannot hold them for long. The ground shakes, drums...drums in the deep. We cannot get out. A shadow moves in the dark. We cannot get out.... They are coming."
— The last entry in Ori's Book of Mazarbul

The countless inhabitants of Moria and minions of Durin's Bane.
  • Battlecry: They continuously howl like madmen while chasing and fighting the Fellowship.
  • Determinator: After Durin's Bane and Gandalf fell, the goblins archers are back and start shooting the Fellowship.
  • Evil Minions: For Durin's Bane.
  • Hero Killer: They're responsible for the deaths of Balin, Ori, and the rest of their colony (except Oin, who was killed by the Watcher in the Water).
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: They bring a lot of trouble to the Fellowship with their massive numbers. They also killed Balin, Ori, and their colony (except Oin, who was killed by the Watcher in the Water).
  • Mooks: Numerous of them.
  • Our Goblins Are Different: They are green-skinned with large eyes, wear heavy armor, and are very adept climbers. Word of God is that they have a cult worshiping the Balrog as their god, with their armor and weapons modeled after its appearance.
  • Radial Ass Kicking: An absurd number of them completely surround the Fellowship, but they run away when the Balrog is awakened before the fight actually happens.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: They run away when Durin's Bane is awakened.
  • Zerg Rush: Their main tactic.

    The Cave-Troll of Moria 

The Cave-Troll of Moria

Species: Troll

Appear in: The Fellowship of the Ring


"They have a cave-troll!"
— Boromir

A cave-troll employed by the goblins of Moria to attack the Fellowship.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the book, it was driven off by Frodo stabbing its hand. In the movie, it takes the combined efforts of the Fellowship to kill it, and Frodo slashing its hand just makes it angry.
  • All Trolls Are Different: It's about 12 feet tall, with thick, doughy physiques and brutish faces with widely set eyes and nostril slits for noses.
  • Blade on a Stick: Briefly wields a spear that impaled him and uses it to stab Frodo.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Legolas finished it off with an arrow through the upper palate.
  • Carry a Big Stick: It has a club chained to a collar around its neck.
  • Chain Pain: It tries to lash Legolas by using the chain attached to its neck.
  • Composite Character: Takes the role of an Orc chieftain who stabs Frodo with a spear.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: How the Fellowship finally killed it.
  • Giant Mook: The only one in Moria.
  • Hero Killer: Narrowly averted. It impaled Frodo with large spear, but thankfully he is protected by his Mithril Vest.
  • Implacable Man: It shrugs everything thrown at it, sword swings, arrows to the back of its head, rocks thrown at its head, and getting impaled with a spear, until Legolas shoots through the neck.
  • Lodged-Blade Recycling: After Aragorn stabs the troll with a spear and is knocked out, the troll pulls the spear out of its flesh and uses it to stab Frodo.
  • Unfriendly Fire: Kills a few Orcs during its rampage in Balin’s tomb.
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