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Smaug the Golden

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"I am King under the Mountain!"

Portrayed By: 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 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, eventually settling for destroying Dale first and then devouring him.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 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, and proceeds to cover him in itself until turned to solid gold.
  • One-Hit Kill: Bard's black arrow kills Smaug outright in the third film.
  • 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 bodyshape, at least, he's a wyvern (four limbs — a pair of bat like wings and hind legs). The art book Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon explains that this allowed the animators to use his wings as 'hands' and make him more expressive, as well as appearing more aerodynamic; it also makes him a more 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; recordings of alligators were used as reference.
  • 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.
  • Pyromaniac: Something of a given for a dragon, but Smaug really likes talking about burning things he hates.
    Smaug: I am fire! I am death!
  • 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: Smaug's glowing gold eyes emphasise both his manipulative personality and magical nature.
  • 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)

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

Portrayed By: Mark Hadlow (Bert), William Kircher (Tom), Peter Hambleton (William)

"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 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.
  • 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.
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    Azog the Defiler 

Azog the Defiler

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(Black Speech) "I don't want excuses. I want the head of the Dwarf-king!"

Portrayed By: 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: Azog has a deep, guttural voice, as befits an orc of his stature and combat skill.
  • 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: Combined with his pale white skin, they give Azog an unsettling, almost colorless appearance.
  • Creepy Souvenir: If you look carefully, you can see that his loincloth is made out of skinned dwarf faces.
  • 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.
    • Justified, in that Word of God states that Manu Bennett's portrayal of Azog in the film was partially modeled after the Trope Namer himself, more specifically his role in The Empire Strikes Back. Even the quote under his picture right now is paraphrasing one of Vader's lines.
  • 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.
  • For the Evulz: According to Beorn, Azog enslaved and tortured his family solely for his own amusement.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • Slasher Smile: His fangs and violent behavior make any of his smiles this by default.
  • Smug Smiler: Azog's smiles demonstrate his confidence as much as his bloodlust.
  • 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 just a months 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 

Bolg

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(Black Speech) "Send word to Dol Guldur, Oakenshield has reached the Mountain!"

Portrayed By: 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 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, possibly from Dwalin, since he was shown fighting Bolg at Azanulbizar. 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.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Bolg is huge, even for an orc. He even seems to have a few inches on his father.
  • 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.

    Azog's Hunters 

Azog's Hunters

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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.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Yazneg is subjected to one at the hands of Azog; choked with Azog's prosthesis before being thrown to a pack of wargs, who proceed to tear Yazneg apart and eat him.
  • 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

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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-Tooooown!"

Portrayed By: 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.
  • 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 edition:
    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

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"Dwarves, your Malevolence. We found them on the front porch."

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


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    Gollum 

Gollum

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"Oh! We knows! We knows safe paths for hobbitses! Safe paths in the dark... SHUT UP!"

Portrayed By: Andy Serkis

See his character sheet in The Lord of the Rings.


























    The Necromancer 

The Necromancer

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"Death will come to all."

Portrayed By: 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.
  • 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. The Necromancer's constant use of Black Speech makes Cumberbatch's voice sound even deeper.
  • Fisher King: While he rules Dol Guldur, Mirkwood becomes a twisted shadow of its former self.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: 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.
  • 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: 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

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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 Mirkwood

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 Master of Laketown 

The Master of Laketown

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"Bard. You mark my words, that trouble making bargeman is behind all this."

Portrayed By: 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.
  • Asshole Victim: He loads his getaway boat with as much gold as he can possibly carry. He even tosses his subordinate Alfrid out the boat when he's warned that they have too much weight on board. He then gets crushed by Smaug's dead body as it crashes down from the sky. No one mourns his loss.
  • 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.
  • Evil Redhead: Red hair, and about as sleazy as sleazy gets.
  • 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.
  • It's All About Me: Does not like hearing about the people's complaints about his way of ruling. Later he offers to help Thorin and his company only because he feels he'll benefit from it later on, and to avoid a mutiny from his people if he chose to have them arrested instead.
  • 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.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Subverted. He actually didn't want anything to do with the dwarves, but after Thorin promises them riches and prosperity once he reclaimed his city, the master is only more than happy to lend them a helping hand, and wins approval from his people. After Smaug attacks, he only thinks of himself and tries to escape with as much gold as his boat can carry, while claiming he wished he could save more people.
  • 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: A greedy, self-serving snake who has no business being in power at all.
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    Alfrid 

Alfrid

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"You're registered as bargeman, not a fisherman."

Portrayed By: 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.


  • Asshole Victim: In the extended edition of Battle of the Five Armies, he gets launched off the trebuchet of a fallen troll and into the mouth of another troll that Gandalf is fighting, causing it to fall down and chomp on Alfrid in the process, killing them both. Given the atrocities he has done, fans cheered at his death.
  • 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.
    • In the extended edition, we find Alfrid hiding in the mounted trebuchet of a fallen troll. As he tries to escape, he sees Gandalf fighting a larger troll and panics. However, a single coin falls from his dress, landing right on the trigger mechanism and catapulting him into the troll's mouth, killing them both. Karmic Death indeed.
  • 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. He tries to set himself up as one for Bard after the Master's death, but Bard isn't interested.

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