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    Radagast the Brown 

Radagast the Brown
"A dark power has found its way back into the world."

Portrayed By: Sylvester McCoy

"Just give me a minute. Um...Oh! I had a thought and now I've lost it. It was right there, on the tip of my tongue! Oh! It's not a thought at all! It's a silly old... stick insect."

One of the five Istari sent to Middle-earth to aid the Free Peoples by the Valar. In addition to combating Sauron, Radagast was also given the additional task of watching over Middle-earth's flora and fauna by the Vala Yavanna (who he served as a Maia). By far the silliest-looking of their number, he is nonetheless a formidable foe of the evil infesting Mirkwood, and the first to realize the threat growing in Dol Guldur.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Apart from Gandalf he doesn't get that much respect from the rest of the Wise and is never part of the (onscreen) White Council (it's implied Saruman had something to with that). Indeed, when Gandalf is rescued from Dol Guldur he's in a non-combatant role. He gets Gandalf out and that's it.
  • Adaptational Badass: The books never show how capable he is, as he barely appears at all, but in the first film he fights off the Witch-King himself with ease!
  • Adaptational Comic Relief: His book counterpart was more of a mysterious character than a funny one.
  • Badass Adorable: To an extent. His rabbits, on the other hand, are definitely this.
  • Badass Boast: When Gandalf warns him that trying to draw the wargs away from the Company might not be such a good idea:
    Gandalf: These are Gungabad wargs! They will outrun you!
    Radagast: These are Rhosgobel rabbits. I'd like to see them try.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He may seem silly, but he's still a Wizard, which puts him on equal footing with Gandalf and Saruman.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Shows up to rescue Gandalf from Dol Gurdur in the third movie, and again with the eagles in the climax.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: The movies invented the idea that he travels on a sled pulled by giant rabbits, who can outrun wargs and bats.
    • Animals Not to Scale: Actually an aversion. At first, Jackson and his production team thought they'd have to design larger than real life rabbits, designing them from scratch so they'd have to spend extra time figuring out their musculature and movement. There was also some slight worry that rabbits large enough to pull the sled would seem a bit too fantastic (granted, in a movie with a dragon in it). Then they did some research and found out that the largest rabbit breed, the Flemish Giant rabbit, actually does grow as big as sled-dogs. So Radagast's rabbits actually are based on real-life animals.
  • Canon Immigrant: From The Lord of the Rings; in the book of The Hobbit he is only mentioned in passing. However, he was cut out of The Movie of The Lord of the Rings, so perhaps it's only fair.
  • The Cavalry: Arrives at the Battle of the Five Armies with the Eagles and Beorn. As Gandalf told him to gather the birds and beasts it's likely he was responsible for this.
  • Character Exaggeration: He wasn't described much in Tolkien's writings other than being more interested in the forests than the people of Middle-earth. In the film, he's clearly more absent-minded and even rides a sled pulled by rabbits.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Word of God says that his staff is the second one used by Gandalf in LOTR, the first having been taken from him by Saruman. See here.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: He lets birds nest under his hat, for starters.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: People like Elrond and Saruman don't take him seriously at all, but he banishes a herd of marauding spiders from his home with arcane power-word incantations (and brings an adorable hedgehog named Sebastian back from the dead — well, mostly dead), faces off against an uncloaked Nazgûl without blinking and leads a warband of orcs on a merry chase with his rabbit sled without a care in the world.
    • And apparently, it wasn't just any old wraith in a dark cloak. Evidence points out it was the Witch-King himself.
    • Is the most powerful wizard in Middle-earth besides Saruman and Gandalf, and won't clean the bird poop from his hair.
    • Which might be a reference to a previous eccentric hidden badass Sylvester played.
  • Druid: The basis of his design and character, albeit a highly eccentric variation.
  • Foil: To Saruman. They both live in isolation as opposed to wandering around Middle-earth like Gandalf. But while Saruman lives in the regal tower of Orthanc, Radagast lives in a humble ramshackle cottage called Rhosgobel. Radagast cares for the trees and animals as his friends, while Saruman with his mind of "metal and wheels" sees trees as only fuel for his war engines, including the ones inside Isengard's park.
  • Freudian Trio: The Id to Saruman's Superego and Gandalf's Ego. He's also played by Sylvester McCoy.
  • Friend to All Living Things: His hair is a bird's nest, so you know it. He also uses his powers to bring back a hedgehog from near death.
  • G-Rated Drug: Mushrooms, according to Saruman.
  • The Hermit: Lives alone except for his animal friends
  • Horse of a Different Color: In the movie, he drives a sled pulled by rabbits.
  • Nature Lover: He spends most of his time in the Greenwood looking after the plants and animals (in addition to defeating Sauron, he was also tasked by Yavanna to look after the wildlife of Middle-earth). When the Necromancer's Shadow turns it into Mirkwood he freaks out, because not even he can stop it.
    • His home Rhosgobel has a tree growing through it — it wasn't built around the tree, a sapling sprouted up in his house and over many years grew into a huge tree and deformed the walls of his home, which he just modified and repaired to fit around it. As Jackson explained in a behind-the-scenes video, it's not that Radagast didn't notice that the sapling was getting too big, but he is firmly against taking any life if he doesn't have to, he doesn't destroy, so he just adapted to make space and let nature be. A complete contrast with Saruman's future views about nature, that forests as just fuel to burn.
  • Nice Hat: An ushanka, specifically.
  • The Needs of the Many: In The Desolation of Smaug he persuades Gandalf that helping the Company is less important than saving the world.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: He gets this in The Desolation of Smaug. His silly aspects are mostly gone, and he becomes more grim and serious as he says "the world is in grave danger" when he realizes the full extent of the threat.
  • The Pig Pen: He's got a bird's nest in his hair, so it's natural that he's got a huge trail of accumulated and dried-up bird dung down the side of his head.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: His only mentioned power. Most characters seem to think it's a bit useless.
    • As McCoy explained in his behind-the-scenes video on Radagast, this is sort of in real life, too: McCoy already knew how to make very accurate bird-calls and has been doing so for years. So when Radagast whistles and chirps at birds, that isn't an added sound effect, that's the actor actually "speaking fluent Bird".
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: When Gandalf is investigating the tomb of the Nazgûl, Radagast suddenly appears behind him, very effectively startling him.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: No explanation is ever given why he never appears in The Lord of the Rings. The last we see of him is leading the Eagles into battle against the Orcs in The Battle of Five Armies.
  • The Wonka: He certainly doesn't look like an angelic emissary of the gods, but...
  • Trap Is the Only Option: To Gandalf:
    Radagast: What if it's a trap?
    Gandalf: It's undoubtedly a trap.
  • The Worf Effect: He's a very powerful Wizard, but that fact he's unable to stop the Necromancer from corrupting the Greenwood into Mirkwood save for his home in Rhosgobel shows just how deadly that threat to Middle-earth is.
  • Willfully Weak: Like the rest of the Wizards, Radagast is actually operating at only a fraction of his full power. This is deliberate as the Valar decided to clothe the Wizards in the bodies of old men as they are meant to combat Sauron by wisdom and persuasion not brute strength or force.
  • Wizard Beard: Not of the cleanest kind.

    Saruman the White 

Saruman the White
"What enemy? Gandalf, the Enemy is defeated. Sauron is vanquished. He can never regain his full strength."

Portrayed By: Christopher Lee

See his character sheet in The Lord of the Rings.


    Elrond Half-elven 

Elrond Half-elven
"Gandalf, for four hundred years, we have lived in peace - a hard-won, watchful peace."

Portrayed By: Hugo Weaving

See his character sheet in The Lord of the Rings.


"Why the Halfling?"

Portrayed By: Cate Blanchett

See her character sheet in The Lord of the Rings.


"My lord Elrond, the dwarves — they've gone."

Portrayed By: Bret McKenzie

An Elf of Rivendell ("Imladris" in Elvish), and one of Elrond's counselors. Later becomes Bilbo's closest elven friend when Bilbo returns to Rivendell after his eleventy-first birthday.

  • Ascended Extra: Literally.
  • Ascended Meme: Probably wouldn't have got a role at all if it wasn't for the fandom's fondness for Figwit.
  • Canon Immigrant: From The Lord of the Rings. Originally McKenzie's character was not identified as the character Lindir from the book, but was just an extra.
  • Composite Character: Of two minor characters from The Fellowship of the Ring: Lindir (a young elf who heckles Bilbo) and Erestor (Elrond's chief counselor).


Thranduil the Elvenking
"In time all foul things come forth."

Portrayed By: Lee Pace

"Some may imagine that a noble quest is at hand. A quest to reclaim a homeland, and slay a dragon!... I, myself, suspect a more prosaic motive. Attempted burglary, or something of that ilk."

King of the Woodland Realm in northern Mirkwood, and father of Legolas. Very skeptical of Thorin, his quest, and dwarves generally.

  • Adaptation Personality Change: Notably frostier than his novel counterpart. In particular, book-Thranduil was quite warm towards Bilbo, and named him "elf-friend". In the film, he pays very little attention to him.
  • Adult Fear: He can't exactly keep his cool when his own son is somewhere on the battlefield, fighting against almost impossible odds, and may be dead or dying already, when the last words they've exchanged were hostile.
  • Animal Motifs: The Marvelous Deer. He rides a giant stag, his throne is adorned a massive pair of antlers, and his crown is antler-like as well. The extended version of Desolation of Smaug also shows Thorin shoot an arrow at a white stag, which Bilbo notes is a bad omen, shortly before running afoul of Thranduil.
  • The Anticipator: He plays with this trope: Bilbo uses the Ring to disappear, and he stumbles onto the chambers of Legolas's father, Thranduil. He subverts this trope, asking why he is hiding in the shadows, and stating that he can come out now. However, Bilbo finds out that Thranduil is not speaking to him after all, but to Tauriel who had been lingering in the shadows as well.
  • Anti-Hero: The most charitable interpretation of him. He has nothing but never-ending contempt for dwarves (though his contempt is somewhat justified when you consider that the dwarves have a precious memento of his late wife and have refused to return it to him). His attitude to humans is more ambiguous, and though he helps the people of Laketown, it is simply to serve his own purposes. He nonetheless is a fierce opponent of the forces of darkness.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The king is better warrior than most of his soldiers and it's quite easy to tell where Legolas got it from.
  • Badass Baritone: A rare example among Elves - as played by Lee Pace, he has a deep, imposing voice.
  • Berserk Button: He only really loses his temper after Thorin accuses him of callously abandoning the dwarves of Erebor out of jealousy and spite. Most of the time he's rather smug or annoyed or irritated. When Thorin calls him a coward who abandoned the dwarves out of pettiness and tells him to "burn in fire", it's pretty much the only time he's genuinely enraged.
    • When Tauriel calls him heartless, he is pissed and threatens to kill her, dismissing her romance as a crush compared to what he shared with his late wife.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: They're natural to Lee Pace, incidentally.
  • Broken Ace: He's a powerful Elven King. He has the looks you would expect, he's clever, it's very clear where Legolas got his fighting abilities from and ultimately, he is a good king. However, he's also The Stoic after what is hinted to have been a fairly epic Trauma Conga Line involving dragons (it's implied that his looks were marred by dragon fire, the scars hidden under a glamour and the death of his wife. The last seems to have caused him to close up and cut himself off, to the point where Tauriel says that there's no love in him.
  • Camp Straight: Even for elf sensibilities, his fashion sense is rather flamboyant. Justified, given that he's Sindarin, the second 'highest' Elf kindred in Middle-earth, between the Noldor, the High or Deep Elves, but who tend more towards science and industry than the other tribes, and the Nandor, the Silvan or Wood Elves, who tend to be rather more rustic and unsophisticated (but comprise the majority of the Elves still living in Middle-earth). There's also the Avari, but they don't live (according to conjecture) in Middle-earth.
  • Can't Take Criticism: He doesn't believe Thorin's grudge against him is truly justified, and brushes off Tauriel and Gandalf's warnings about the coming Darkness in Middle-earth.
  • Cool Crown: Featuring autumn leaves made of reddish gold and silver spikes.
  • Defrosting Ice King: A little bit near the end, when he stares in horror at the bodies of the elven warriors killed during the Battle of Five Armies and again when he produces some very restrained Manly Tears after coming across Tauriel weeping over Kíli's body. Finally, when Legolas tells him he's leaving and not coming back, he seems to realize he's been a shitty person and a shitty father and tells him, in what sounds like an apology, that Legolas' mother loved him. This is after Legolas mentioned to Tauriel that Thranduil never, ever mentioned her.
  • Dual Wielding: During the fight inside Dale, he wields two elven blades against the horde of orcs.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While not exactly evil he can be counted as an Anti-Hero at best and is very good at making life difficult for the dwarves. He does genuinely love Legolas and his late wife though, even if he does his utmost to not show it. One could go so far as to say that Legolas is the only person he cares about.
  • Exact Words: When he kills the orc his son had captured.
    Legolas: [visibly disturbed] Why did you do that? You promised to set him free.
    Thranduil: And I did. I freed his wretched head from his miserable shoulders.
  • Expy: Of both Oberon and the Fisher King, according to Pace. His coldness, aloofness and uncanny behaviour seem also inspired by Goethe's "Erlkönig" poem.
  • The Fair Folk: He probably fits this trope the most out of all the elf characters, being arrogant, greedy (or not - the gems he covets belonged to his late wife), and caring very little about others aside from his people (at best).
  • False Friend: Thorin views him as this when he refused to help the dwarves when Smaug invades Erebor. Still, when Thorin accused him of abandoning the Dwarves out of spite he seems genuinely stung by the accusation.
  • Fantastic Racism: Against dwarves (which is something he seems to encourage amongst his own people), and even against his own people, somewhat, who are mostly Silvan elves while he himself is of a 'higher' kindred, the Sindar or Grey Elves.
  • Freudian Excuse: Judging by the way he talks, his asshole-ish ways are rooted in his heavily scarring battles of the past. His severely isolationist policies came about after the death of his wife, who was killed by orcs, as well as the dwarves withholding the White Gems of Lasgalen from him, which were the last remaining memento of his late wife.
  • Freudian Trio: With Legolas and Tauriel; is the Super Ego of the group.
  • Glamour: It seems he's using some sort of magic to keep himself looking normal and whole.
  • Glamour Failure: When he loses his cool and starts ranting at Thorin about dragon fire, the glamour slips for just a moment, and we see that underneath the illusion he's suffered severe burn damage to one side of his face, leaving a huge scar. If Tolkien's other writings are anything to go by, at that moment he might be physically manifesting soul pains. When Elves are angry or distressed, the scars on their souls can sometimes show up on their bodies.
  • Good Is Not Nice: To the point that he hardly comes off as good. In the second film, he's a type four Anti-Villain at best. Still a bit of a jerk, though.
  • Greed: For all his posturing to Thorin of how the Dwarves brought Smaug and their subsequent exile from Erebor upon themselves because of their greed, he himself refuses to grant aid to them (much less allow them to leave his kingdom) unless he received the gems in the hoard. Though to be fair, it's heavily implied that said gems are in fact the only remaining memento of his late wife.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Arathorn, as he himself mentions in the ending of the third film. This somehow makes sense that their sons will become this as well by the time the original trilogy rolls around.
  • Horse of a Different Color: He rides a huge stag.
  • Interspecies Friendship: With Aragorn's father Arathorn, surprisingly. He is also directly responsible for getting their sons on the same path.
  • I Shall Taunt You: At the receiving end of this in the extended edition of the first movie, when Thrór denies him a chest full of gems by closing said chest just when Thranduil was about to reach it. Becomes a Kick the Dog moment if you believe the White Gems of Lasgalen were a memento of his late wife.
  • It's All About Me: He only seems to care for himself and, at most, his people. Though he has little enough respect for most of them, being a Sindarin elf himself, and most of his people being Silvan elves, who are the closest thing the elves have to a discriminated-against minority (though they're actually the majority, both in the Woodland Realm and in Lórien, which is itself ruled by the Noldorin Galadriel and the Sindarin Celeborn).
  • Jerkass: Let's face it, what with his stern demeanor, arrogance, greed, general disinterest in anything but his own kingdom and xenophobia, Thranduil's not the nicest of beings by a long shot. Even his own people seem aware of this: one of the Elves in charge of returning the barrels makes a note that their king is "ill-tempered".
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He has a...sort-of good heart underneath it all. Deep down. Very deep down. (There's gotta be some reason he's in the 'friends' section, after all.) He's genuinely sorry for Tauriel after Kíli dies, saying that it hurts so much because her love for him was real. And, though he might have had some ulterior motives, he gives the survivors of Laketown plenty of supplies to last through the winter.
      • Throughout the films, there are hints of how much his late wife meant to him. The biggest being that he started his war with the dwarves to recover the White Gems of Lasgalen, which were a memento of his late wife, after the dwarves withheld them from him. That's right: he started a war pretty much over a slight to his late wife.
      • He's also respectful of Bard, keeping him in the loop and listening to his ideas (even if he thinks some of them are pointless). While he feels trying to reason with Thorin is a lost cause, Bard doesn't, so Thranduil humors him and rolls with it. Bard is descended from the Lord of Dale, but he's spent his entire life as a bargeman and has no idea how to lead or rule anyone, and surprisingly, Thranduil neither calls him on it, nor dismisses him and his ideas.
      • While at first he only really seems to care about Legolas, he's visibly horrified by the sight of all the soldiers he's lost in the battle.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He, however, pretty much only does the latter for his own benefit; he doesn't really care about anyone but himself, his son, and his late wife. He's definitely more arrogant and condescending than the other elf lords like Galadriel and Elrond, whom are polite and courteous to others (including dwarves), while he's pretty much dismissive of everyone else. He even looks down on Gandalf (who keep in mind is actually an angelic spirit on Sauron's power level who is clothed in human flesh), and is dismissive of his advice.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He is perfectly correct; Gandalf's decision to encourage Thorin into taking back Erebor and trying to kill Smaug ended up with who knows how many people getting killed or injured. He calls the Wizard out on such, and plans to fix it by finishing what he started.
    • He derides Bard's attempts of reasoning with Thorin to be a waste of time. He proves to be right (and Thorin seemed more out of his mind than he anticipated, given his shock at Thorin almost throwing Bilbo to his death), it takes an army of orcs and the near death of Thorin's cousin Dáin for him to think about anything besides gold.
    • After Thorin insults him, he angrily says that he warned Thorin's grandfather Thror of what his greed would cause, and states that Thorin is just like him. Considering the way the gold sickness affects Thorin later, he's not wrong.
  • Kick the Dog: Not only refuses to help fight Smaug (though it's unlikely he and his kin would have been able kill the dragon), but also refuses to help the refugee dwarves. Years later, as the Company of dwarves reaches his kingdom, he imprisons them for an unlimited time after Thorin's refusal of his deal.
    • He is also on the receiving end of this in the Extended Edition of the first film: Thror holds out a box containing the White Gems of Lasgalen, a precious keepsake once belonging to Thranduil's beloved late wife. Just before Thranduil can touch the gems, the box snaps shut and he is denied them. That, combined with his unwillingness to fight an entrenched dragon for his allies, was what started the rift between him and the dwarves. It also might explain why he imprisoned Thorin's company later: Thorin, who had been present when Thror denied Thranduil the White Gems, still refused to even offer to return them to him when Thranduil asked for them again.
  • Knight Templar: Thranduil sees himself as always righteous, and won't change his mind no matter how seemingly heinous his actions become.
  • Large and in Charge: Being played by the 6'5" Lee Pace, this is something of a given. He towers over pretty much everyone.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: His cold and unfeeling behavior eventually alienates even Legolas, to the point where his son actually refuses to return home after the battle, meaning Thranduil essentially loses the only remaining person he really loves. And he has no one to blame but himself.
  • Light Is Not Good: He is an elf, but in true Silmarillion style he is an arrogant, self-centered racist, dressed in fabulous silver robes.
  • The Lost Lenore: His wife was killed by orcs long ago, and it turns out to be his justification for only caring about keeping his people safe and not fighting for or protecting non-elves. It's also the cause of his animosity toward the dwarves: the dwarves withheld a keepsake of his late wife from him, possibly the only remaining memento he has of her, and Thranduil would willingly start a war to get that keepsake back.
  • Nice to the Waiter: He's perfectly friendly to Bard, in a distant kind of way, treating him with genuine respect, even as an equal, despite his low standing.
    • Though the fact that Bard just killed a dragon described as "the chiefest and greatest calamity of the age" all but single-handedly might have something do do with that.
  • Noodle Incident: How the necklace of white gems (that used to belong to his wife) ended up with in Erebor is a mystery. In the extended edition of An Unexpected Journey Old Bilbo mentions that the elves claim the dwarves stole their treasure, while the dwarves claim that he didn't give them their proper pay.
  • The Oathbreaker: How the Dwarves see him. From their point of view, Thranduil was Thrór's vassal (he did, after all, pay tribute), regardless of how chilly their relationship seems to have been. Due to that relationship, Thranduil was obligated to defend Thrór from all his enemies, including Smaug, and regardless of whether victory was likely or even possible. Which is why Thorin repeatedly insists that Thranduil betrayed both his father and grandfather.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite the fact that he earlier scorned her feelings for Kili and threatened to kill her, he feels genuinely sorry for Tauriel after Kili dies, telling her it hurts so much because her love was real.
  • Playing Gertrude: A male example. Lee Pace is actually two years younger than Orlando Bloom. Although elves age differently to humans, Thranduil would still potentially be a few thousand years older than Legolas.
  • Pride: Almost blinded by it.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: While not obviously this at first, he actually gives Legolas a remarkable amount of latitude. He also seems to genuinely respect Bard, letting him try and talk Thorin round despite being certain that it would fail, and casually pouring him a glass of wine. Since Bard, though of noble lineage, is basically a fisherman, and Thranduil is an immortal king, this speaks volumes.
  • The Resenter: Implied in the prologue when he shows deference to Thrór, there's a subtle expression of displeasure on his face which is explained in the Extended Edition: Thrór was in possession of the White Gems of Lasgalen, a keepsake of Thranduil's late wife, and Thrór taunted him with the gems rather than returning them to him. Likewise, when he turns away from aiding the dwarves after Smaug invades, his face shows a hint of satisfaction.
  • Reverse Grip: He holds both his elven blades this way while Dual Wielding.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: When he eventually takes part in the Battle of the Five Armies.
  • Sacred Hospitality: Averted. In a stark contrast to likes of Galadriel and Elrond. He has the dwarves locked up for extremely petty reasons instead of offering them food and shelter.
  • Sadistic Choice: His actions in the first film can be seen as this, as he chooses to not lead his people into a hopeless battle against an enemy that they have no chance against rather than help the dwarves try and retake Erebor from Smaug.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: It turns out Thranduil had fought dragons from the north long before the fall of Erebor and has never really gotten over it, explaining his original reluctance to fight Smaug. We also know from canon that he fought in the War of the Last Alliance, where his father Oropher was killed, and in the movies it's said that he fought the orcs of Gundabad, who killed his wife. After all of it, his isolationism starts to look pretty reasonable.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: He beheads an orc after the latter mocks him about the coming war and the return of Sauron.
  • Smug Super: As an Elvenking, he's the closest thing in Middle-Earth to a super-human, and he knows it. He's smirking throughout the parley with Thorin and Dain, and only really loses his smugness when the Orcs arrive and the battle begins in earnest.
  • Somebody Else's Problem: Aside from a (rejected) offer to help Thorin, Thranduil knows that dark forces are gathering, but doesn't do anything about it. When Tauriel questions him on not pursuing the source of the giant spiders outside their kingdom's boundaries, suggesting the spiders will attack other lands as well, he explicitly states that he doesn't care for anything but his own kingdom.
    • He was even willing to abandon the dwarves and men and let them be killed by the orcs, until Tauriel and Legolas convnced him otherwise.
    • Crazy Survivalist: He'd rather seal-up his kingdom and try to wait out the war he knows is coming. The fact that he and his people live underground in a cave carved and designed so as to look like the vast forest outside speaks volumes, too. Compare this existence to the leafy, outdoorsy environs of Rivendell or the tree-top palace of Lothlórien, and Thranduil exhibits the mentality of a modern-day recluse.
  • The Stoic: His expression and air is always very aloof and if he shows any emotion, it's extremely subtle.
    • Not So Stoic: He clearly loses his cool when talking about the dragon fire with Thorin. He also looks genuinely horrified when Thorin accuses him of callousness in abandoning the Dwarves.
    • He loses his cool again when Thorin tries to kill Bilbo. While he was indifferent to the hobbit and he derided Thorin as a lunatic, he's genuinely shocked at the sight of Thorin trying to kill the person who, after all, rescued him from his dungeon.
    • He is quickly enraged when Tauriel unwittingly insults his love for his late wife by saying he has no heart.
    • Also at the very end he is visibly shaken when Legolas tells him he would not be coming home with him. At this point it finally sinks in just how much of an ass he's been.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Aside from the various wigs and prosthetics, both Orlando Bloom and Lee Pace have strikingly similar facial features, so this is definitely the case in the films.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: To Legolas, since he's an elf. Lee Pace is actually younger than Orlando Bloom.
  • Tragic Keepsake: The necklace Thranduil wants back from Thorin was his late wife's, and the only keepsake he has left of her. In an extended scene, it is revealed that Thorin's grandfather Thror all but waved the necklace in Thranduil's face before denying him it.
  • Two-Faced: Underneath some kind of glamour spell, half of his face is horribly burned, implicitly by a fire drake of the north.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In his eyes at least, all his Jerkass behavior is to ensure the safety and protection of his own kingdom.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gets called out by Tauriel during the Battle of the Five Armies for thinking about abandoning the dwarves and men of Laketown.
  • Will Not Tell a Lie: consistently tells the truth, even when lying would be more to his advantage, which is possibly the reason he bridles at Thorin referring to him as The Oathbreaker.


Legolas Greenleaf
"There is no King Under the Mountain, nor will there ever be!"

Portrayed By: Orlando Bloom

See his character sheet in The Lord of the Rings.



"Are we are not part of this world?"

Portrayed By: Evangeline Lilly

"You like killing things, Orc? You like death? Then let me give it to you!"

An Elf of the Woodland Realm, and one of Thranduil's captains.

  • Action Girl: Kicks just as much ass as Legolas, if not more so.
  • Ascended Extra: She fills the role of captain of the elven guard, though their roles have nothing in common. In the film, the Keeper of the Keys is more representative of the book captain; both are unnamed characters whose only role was to get drunk and let the dwarves escape from captivity.
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: Wields her bow and dual combat knives together, just like Legolas.
  • Braids of Action: They're woven into her hair rather than the typical single braid in the back, but they still count.
  • Broken Bird: What little is seen of her at the end of the film suggests that Kíli's death has caused her to become this.
  • Brutal Honesty: Bluntly tells Legolas that his father's policy of isolation can't end well, and calls Thranduil out hard when he considers leaving the dwarves and men of Laketown to die.
  • Canon Foreigner: She doesn't exist in any of Tolkien's writings.
  • The Determinator: The lengths she goes to help the dwarves are rather remarkable.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Legolas.
  • The Exile: The third film reveals that Thranduil has exiled her from Mirkwood for abandoning her post. Though the ending could imply he won't hold her to that, given all they've both gone through during and after the battle.
  • Fiery Redhead: She's fearless, decisive, and most at home on the battlefield.
    • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her counterpart in the book is unlikely to have had red hair, going by Tolkien's lore.
  • Freudian Trio: With Legolas and Thranduil; is the Id of the group.
  • Gender Flip: Her counterpart in the book is almost certainly male.
  • Honest Advisor: She recognizes that the king's isolationist policies blind them to larger problems affecting the world at large, and doesn't hesitate to bring it up to Thranduil.
  • Improbable Age: While her age isn't stated in the movies (Legolas mentions that she's lived with he and his father for six hundred years, but how old she was when she came to be there isn't said) Word of God places her somewhere around 1,000, which is still rather young for an Elf to have attained captain of the king's guards.(One quick line states that she has been "favored" by Thranduil, which could help explain it.)
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Par the course for an elf, but she displays to an even greater extent when she blocks an arrow by firing another one at it.
  • Knife Nut: Like Legolas, she also uses a pair of combat knives that she dual wields.
  • Love Hurts: Yes. See the spoilered tropes to find out how much.
  • Meaningful Name: "Tauriel", applicably for a wood-elf, means "woodland daughter".
  • Nice Girl: She's the least prejudiced amongst the elves shown, and basically the only one willing to treat the Dwarves like equals.
  • Only Sane Woman: She comes across as the only elf who actually seems to realize the importance of Thorin's quest.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: Her last scene has her cradling Kíli's dead body in her arms, refusing to let go as she cries her eyes out.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Legolas. Thranduil suggests that Legolas' feelings might go deeper than that, though.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her cascading locks of auburn hair reach to the back of her thighs.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Legolas and Thranduil's Blue.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Pretty much her response when Legolas question why she's disobeying the King.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers/Interspecies Romance: Regardless of how their relationship plays out, Kíli and Tauriel are already this, being a dwarf and an elf whose nations have hated each other for over a century and who's races have been on bad terms since the First Age of Middle-Earth, thousands of years ago. Also because Kíli is going to die in the Battle of the Five Armies.
    • Indeed it doesn't end well. He dies and she's left banished from Mirkwood and broken-hearted (though her last interaction with Thranduil might suggest the banishment, at least, didn't stick).
  • The Stoic: Tauriel almost always keeps a cool head. Even during Smaug's attack on Laketown, she doesn't panic and her voice never rises except to yell orders.
    • Not So Stoic: Kíli's death, however, causes her to break down in tears.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Sam. She's a commoner very closely linked with a character of higher status than herself, and her main traits are loyalty, bravery, and humility. She comes across as less intellectual (by Elf standards), but also as a voice of common sense. She's a Determinator who goes into intense danger to save one specific person. And then there's her hair colour...
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We get little closure on her, and given that she's a Canon Foreigner there's nothing in the original to go on.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Seems unfamiliar with or unwilling to acknowledge romantic love. While cradling Kíli's body, she even tearfully asks Thranduil if this is love and if so, she doesn't want it.
  • Working Class Heroine: Unlike most of the other characters, she's a commoner, at least by elf standards. Thranduil doesn't hesitate to remind her of her status.


Thráin II
"Tell Thorin that I love him! Will you do that? Will you tell my son that I loved him?"

Portrayed By: Michael Mizrahi

"Azog means to kill us all! One by one, he will destroy the line of Durin! But by my life, he shall not take my son! You will stay here!"

Father of Thorin and previous King of Durin's Folk. Died in the dungeons of Dol Guldur, but not before encountering Gandalf and giving him the map and key needed to get into Erebor. Also lost Durin's Ring of Power to Azog.

  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Defending Erebor against Smaug.
  • Disappeared Dad: To Thorin.
  • Doomed Home Town: The Lonely Mountain.
  • Drop the Hammer: In the film prologue, he wields a ginormous hammer.
  • The Exile: Since Smaug is squatting in Erebor.
  • Fingore: When Azog defeated Thráin, he saw he was wearing one of the Seven Dwarf rings and cut off the forefinger to get it.
  • Frontline General: Leads the defense of Erebor from the front, alongside his son.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: After the years he has spent imprisoned in Dol Guldur, he attacks his old friend Gandalf and almost kills him. He has trouble remembering Thorin and what happened to him.
  • Handicapped Badass: He is missing one eye, but still seems up for a fight.
  • Riches to Rags: Smaug's attack came without warning, so they didn't have the chance to evacuate and salvage any of the gold.
  • Scars Are Forever: Has what looks like an ugly burn scar over his left eye.
  • Unexplained Recovery: His scarred left eye is open and fine in his scenes in the Extended edition of Desolation of Smaug.
  • Warrior Prince: He may be Thrór's son, but he's a Dwarf and Dwarves are always badass.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: As his scenes in the Extended Edition of Desolation show, he has been held captive in Dol Guldur for a very long time. When Gandalf finally finds him, he has been driven nearly completely mad, and is soon after killed by the Necromancer.
  • You Killed My Father: Attacked Azog ahead of Thorin after his father Thrór was beheaded.

    Thrór, King under the Mountain 


Portrayed By: Jeffrey Thomas

Father of Thráin and grandfather of Thorin. Previous King of Erebor, once the mightiest of the Dwarf Lords and the first owner of the Arkenstone. Unsuccessfully attempted to reclaim Moria, but was unable to do so in the face of heavy casualties and the presence of Durin's Bane, not to mention his own death in combat against Azog the Defiler.

  • Big "NO!": When he drops the Arkenstone into a huge pile of gold, which is then swept away by Smaug.
  • Cool Crown: He wears a thick, helmet-like crown as King Under the Mountain.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Smaug's attack on Erebor. Then the Battle of Azanulbizar after his death until Thorin managed to chop off Azog's hand and rally his troops to victory.
  • Death by Materialism: Narrowly averted in his case; while Smaug's attacking, Thrór races to grab the Arkenstone, but conveniently loses it in the chaos and is dragged away by Thorin.
  • Doomed Hometown: The Lonely Mountain.
  • The Exile: Since Smaug is squatting in Erebor.
  • Frontline General: Leads the combined forces of the seven dwarven clans at Azanulbizar, which leads to his death.
  • Gold Fever: Described by Bilbo as a literal psychological sickness. Considering that Thrór was in possession of the greatest of the Seven Rings of Power given to dwarves, which did indeed make their holders both extremely rich and extremely greedy, Bilbo's uninformed diagnosis isn't too far off.
  • Kick the Dog: Baiting Thranduil, then denying him the jewels that he clearly wants. Made worse by the fact that those jewels belonged to Thranduil's dead wife, and may be his last memento of her.
  • Off with His Head!: Azog beheads him and holds it up for all to see, before throwing it at Thorin's feet.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Even more than most other Dwarves, given his Gold Fever.
  • Perilous Old Fool: His attempt to retake Moria from the orcs was almost bound to fail. It ended up failing anyway, because of the Pyrrhic Victory.
  • Posthumous Character: He dies in the prologue, which is set decades before the events of the story.
  • Riches to Rags: Smaug's attack came without warning, so he didn't have the chance to evacuate and salvage any of the gold.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: If he hadn't been so greedy and gathered so much gold, Smaug might not have been drawn to the mountain in the first place. Then again, as stated above, he was quite likely under the influence of one of the Rings of Power, so how much control he had over himself is debatable.
    • By taunting Thranduil with the White Gems of Lasgalen (which belonged to Thranduil's dead wife), he began or at least strongly deepened the rift between his folk and the elves in the Woodland Realm. The outcomes of several battles might have been different if the two had remained allies.
  • Warrior Prince: Fought on the front lines against Azog's army.


"I don't like dwarves, they're greedy, and care nothing about the lives of creatures they deem lesser than themselves. But I hate Orcs more. What do you need?"

Portrayed By: Mikael Persbrandt

"What did you go near goblins for? Stupid thing to do!"

Chieftain of the Beornings of Western Mirkwood. Also a shapeshifter with the ability to transform into a bear.

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: The scenes at Beorn's house are some of the funniest in the book with Gandalf's elaborate scheme to gain the cranky-but-decent Beorn's hospitality and he's quite cheerful. There's no Last of His Kind, either — in fact, there may have been more like him, because his sons formed their own clan by the time of Lord of the Rings.
    • The elaborate scheme made it into the Extended Edition. Beorn, however, still acts quite hostile rather than the Boisterous Bruiser he is in the book.
  • Animorphism: Has the ability to transform into a giant, savage bear.
  • Anti-Hero: He may be a decent guy with an affinity to animals, but he doesn't like Dwarves and only agrees to help the Company having heard of Azog's pursuit.
  • An Axe to Grind: He is seen using one to chop some wood in the extended edition of DOS.
  • Badass Baritone: As befitting a man of his stature.
  • Badass Beard: A massive one, including a truly prodigious quantity of body hair, due to his alternate form.
  • Bears Are Bad News: His bear form is "unpredictable" - read: liable to chase down and eat passersby.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He isn't evil by any means, but once he turns into his bear form he knows neither friend nor foe.
  • The Big Guy: He's of immense size and strength for a man, and retains his size and strength in bear-form.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: His enormous, fluffy brows obscure most of his forehead.
  • The Cavalry: Arrives at the Battle of the Five Armies riding one of the eagles. Then jumps off the eagles, turns into a bear mid-air and rampages through the Orc army.
  • The Dreaded: Orcs refer to his bear form as "The Beast", and Azog was so afraid of him he wouldn't go after the company while he was nearby.
  • Demoted to Extra: After a decent showing in Desolation, his appearance in Five Armies is sadly reduced to a mere cameo.
  • Enemy Mine: With the Dwarves because of the Orcs.
  • Gentle Giant: Zig-Zagged. His bear form is vicious, and he dislikes Dwarves and Orcs. On the other hand, he cares deeply for animals, and is seen cradling a tiny mouse in his huge hands. He's also genuinely intrigued by Bilbo and doesn't appear to harbor any hostility towards hobbits and other small, peace-loving creatures.
  • Last of His Kind: He's the last skin-changer in Middle-Earth, as many of the others were slain by Azog.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He turns into a giant bear so it's a given.
  • Made a Slave: A former slave of Azog, like many others of his race. He still has cuffs on his wrists in human form.
  • Meaningful Name: "Beorn" is an Anglicisation of bjørn, Danish/Norwegian for "bear". It also means 'warrior' in Old English.
  • Morphic Resonance: The design team were keen that he didn't simply appear as a large, bearded man in his humanoid form. He was therefore given a mane-like hairstyle and facial prosthetics that suggested a bestial, Ambiguously Human quality to help distinguish him as a race apart.
  • Nature Lover: Given his lines when he grabs a mouse.
  • Production Foreshadowing: Some promotional material prior to the release of An Unexpected Journey featured Gandalf talking to Beorn in his bear form. The character first appears in The Desolation of Smaug. See here.
  • Shapeshifter: Known as a "skin-changer" in-universe, Beorn can assume the form of a giant black bear.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: The orcs caged and tortured his people for sport, and he's now the only survivor.
  • Trauma Inn: His giant-sized home provides a much needed respite for the Company, following their escape from the Goblin King's brood and Azog's wargs at the close of An Unexpected Journey.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: A variant, the orcs aren't foolhardy enough to tangle with him in bear form which allow the Company to reach the forest without resistance.


Bard the Bowman
"If you awaken that beast, you'll destroy us all!"

Portrayed By: Luke Evans

"Listen to me! All of you! Do you not see what is coming?"

Descendant of Girion, the last Lord of Dale before its destruction by Smaug. Extremely resentful of Thorin and the dwarves due to the threat they pose to his life and family in Laketown. One of the best archers in Middle-Earth and a captain of Laketown. Future King of Dale.

  • Action Dad: He's the one who kills Smaug, and this trope is further driven home by the fact that he uses his son Bain as part of a makeshift bow.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He's often described in the book as somewhat scruffy and grim, but is played in the films by the dashing Luke Evans, though neither book quality is mutually exclusive of attractiveness.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Gets introduced to the plot much earlier on than he did in the book — where he only shows up just as Smaug's about to attack Laketown — and his character and motivations are well established in preparation for the third film.
  • Adult Fear: Bard fears for the safety of his three children and his town that something nearly unstoppable could come anytime and destroy them all. It's especially shown in the scene when he's trying to fight his way to the market and sees a gigantic troll coming towards them, ready to kill, and when he is using Bain as a makeshift bow in a last-ditch attempt to kill Smaug.
  • Anti-Hero: He's a smuggler and very reluctant to help the Dwarves because of a prophecy that claims their arrival heralds Smaug burning the lake and everything on it. He was right, but still helps anyway.
  • Badass Beard: Runs in the family.
  • Badass Boast: Upon asked by his terrified youngest daughter if the approaching Smaug will kill them all:
    Bard: Not if I kill him first.
  • Badass in Distress: Bard is jailed by the Master and watches helplessly from there as Smaug flies toward Laketown.
  • Badass Longcoat: Sports a worn, brown one.
  • Badass Normal: Manages to match (or nearly) Legolas and Tauriel for archery, despite being a regular human.
  • The Cassandra / Only Sane Man: He's this for the entire city of Laketown, reminding them what happened to Dale and that though the prophecy starts with promising wealth upon the return of Durin's heir, it ends with Laketown being destroyed — but he's ignored out of common greed.
    • Continues the Only Sane Man rule when handling negotiations with Thorin. Between Thorin and Thranduil he's the only one who wants to avoid bloodshed.
  • Cold Sniper: In his initial introduction, he makes a perfect shot out of a huge log Dwalin was holding and knocking a thrown weapon out of Kili's hand.
    Bard: "Do it again, and you're dead."
  • The Chains of Commanding: Clearly carries the weight of his lineage, but can't reclaim the Lordship of Dale and protect his family at the same time (Smaug also wouldn't stand for it).
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Is portrayed as being almost as good an archer as Tauriel or Legolas, despite them having hundreds or thousands of years to hone their craft, and he only thirty or so.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Is revealed to have the last black arrow hidden in the ceiling of his home without telling anyone — including his own family — about it.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His introduction establishes his knack for assessing a situation, and his both highly accurate and steady aim with a bow. The first trait makes him realise Smaug will most likely attack Laketown if the dwarves get into the mountain, the second lets us know that if any human can kill Smaug, it's this guy.
  • Expy: Of Robin Hood.
  • Good Parents: Bard's foremost concern is his three children and he couldn't care less about his claim to Dale, just so long as Sigrid, Bain, and Tilda are safe and provided for.
  • Identical Grandson: Evans also plays Girion in a flashback, as the king tries — and fails — to kill Smaug while he's destroying Dale. (They're not that identical, though, since Evans was aged up and wore prosthetics for the role.)
  • Impoverished Patrician: Bard is descended from the last Lord of Dale, ruler of one of the richest kingdoms in Middle-Earth. Bard, meanwhile, makes much of his living from smuggling — quite a step down in the world.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills:
    • Shown to be as quick and accurate with a bow as the best of Elves (managing to hit arrows out of the air mid-flight), despite being only a short-lived human.
    • As in the novel, Bard hits Smaug's vulnerable spot dead-on with the black arrow.
  • King of the Homeless: Alfrid calls him 'the people's champion,' which makes him a threat to The Master, though he's fairly middle-class himself.
  • Noble Fugitive: Whose home city was destroyed by Smaug 170 years prior.
  • Papa Wolf: Has little interest in claiming his birthright as Lord of Dale compared to his overwhelming need to protect Bain, Sigrid, and Tilda (especially after his wife's death).
  • Properly Paranoid: Bard harshly warns Thorin he'll bring death upon the land; Smaug flies off to destroy Laketown at the end of the film.
    • He also tries to stick the Black Arrow on a large crossbow in case Smaug comes a-calling, but the Master stops him.
  • Protector Behind Bars: He begs the guards to release him when he realizes that Smaug is approaching Laketown (and therefore, his children).
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Is this in Battle of the Five Armies after becoming the de-facto leader of the Laketown survivors.
  • Rebel Leader: The Master of Laketown and Alfrid suspect him to be one.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: It is Bard who ultimately kills Smaug. And just like the also-exiled Thorin, Bard is willing to do the same menial jobs as his fellow northmen, mostly working as a smuggler and bargeman to help feed the people of Laketown.
  • Tap on the Head: He gets one from the Master of Laketown, via a wooden beam, and wakes up with no visible injury.
  • Weapon of Choice: He mains a bow as this, but can wield a sword just as well.


"We're not leaving, not without our father."

Portrayed By: John Bell

Bard's son and second King of Dale.

  • Big Brother Instinct: He valiantly tries to protect his sisters when their home is attacked by Bolg and his orcs.
  • Canon Immigrant: Mentioned briefly in The Lord of the Rings to have become the new king of Dale after Bard, and Bain's son Brand led Dale during the time of the War of the Ring.
  • The Dutiful Son: Bain obeys his father's orders without question, even when it's obvious that he doesn't agree with them. He also stays behind to watch over Sigrid and Tilda in Bard's absence.
    • And then he runs through the burning Laketown, with a furious Smaug flying overhead and torching everything in sight, to bring the Black Arrow to his father. This also involves climbing up the belltower, which is also burning and within plain sight of a rampaging dragon.
  • Equippable Ally: Becomes one in the third film, as his shoulder is used for Bard to aim his arrow on when the latter has to tie his bowstring to the remaining structure of the bell tower with his bow broken and a convenient dwarven windlance destroyed.
  • Impoverished Patrician: Like his father, Bain is a direct descendant of the last King of Dale and heir to one of the wealthiest kingdoms in Middle-Earth. However, along with Sigrid and Tilda, he spent most of his childhood in poverty and only started living well several years after Thorin's Company reclaimed the Lonely Mountain.
  • Missing Mom: Bain's mother died sometime prior to The Desolation of Smaug, leaving Bard to raise Bain and his sisters by himself.
  • Nice Guy: Much more mellow than his father. And like his sisters, Bain is also much more welcoming to the dwarves and does everything he can to help an injured Kíli recover in their home. It's noted in the books that Bain sent many grand gifts from Dale to Bilbo's Farewell Birthday Party in the Shire. He also maintained peaceful ties with Erebor and Dáin Ironfoot, who died in the War of the Ring defending Bain's son, King Brand.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Despite being a young teenager, Bain helps his father whenever or however he can, including hiding the Black Arrow from the Master's mooks. He will also rebuild the Kingdom of Dale alongside his father and then rule the prosperous and peaceful city after Bard's passing.
    • Bain also assists his father in felling Smaug, both by bringing the Black Arrow to him atop Laketown's tallest tower and then acting as a replacement mount and bow for the destroyed dwarven windlance. He takes part in the Battle of the Five Armies as well, actively protecting his sisters and the most defenseless and injured of Laketown's survivors.

    Sigrid and Tilda 

Sigrid and Tilda

Portrayed By: Peggy Nesbitt (Sigrid) and Mary Nesbitt (Tilda)

Bard's two daughters and Bain's sisters.

  • Canon Foreigner: Do not appear in any of Tolkien's writings.
  • Cheerful Child: Tilda is very cheerful.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: After Bard becomes king, they become princesses of Dale.
  • Nice Girl: They're genuinely kind to the dwarves when they stay at their house.
  • Mama Bear: Sigrid protects her siblings along with Fili, Kili and Oin by attempting to brace the door shut. It doesn't work but still...
  • Missing Mom: Their mother died sometime prior to The Desolation of Smaug, leaving Bard to raise Bain and his sisters by himself. According to Luke Evans, she most likely died giving birth to Tilda.


Girion, Lord of Dale

Portrayed By: Luke Evans

The last Lord of Dale prior to its destruction by Smaug. Led a last-ditch defense of the city that claimed his life and those of most of his soldiers and citizens.

  • Action Dad: His only appearance consists entirely of him being a badass, and he's the progenitor of the future King of Dale, Bard.
  • Adaptational Badass: Oh yeah. Girion gets a brief mention in the book as being Bard's ancestor, but he never fights Smaug.
  • Anti-Air: The dwarven windlance he uses to fight Smaug seems to have been designed to have a high enough arc to fire on airborne targets. Justified in that Erebor and Dale had come under threat from other, lesser dragons periodically before Smaug arrived (though most were wingless wyrm-types).
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: In the course of his brief appearance, we learn only two things: he's in charge, and that he's badass.
  • Badass Beard: Like his descendant, Bard.
  • Badass Normal: Hurts Smaug more than anyone else with nothing more than the application of mechanical force, a particularly well-made projectile, and good aim.
  • BFG: The windlance he uses to score the only substantial hits on Smaug in the series.
  • Cold Sniper: Fires several Black Arrows at Smaug with mechanical efficiency as his city burns around him, and even manages a few hits.
  • Canon Immigrant: Averted, unlike in Bain's case. He gets a brief mention in the book.
  • Determinator: Dies loading one last Black Arrow.
  • Died Standing Up: And shooting back.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: Almost certainly knew that he was going to die as soon as Smaug showed up. His reaction? Start shooting.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Both Thorin and the Master of Laketown blame Girion for failing to kill the dragon, even though he did far more damage to him than anyone else had managed before or since.
  • Flashback: Only appears in one.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He couldn't kill Smaug himself, but he made sure Bard would be able to.
  • Identical Ancestor: Is played by Luke Evans, the same actor playing his descendant, Bard.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Scores several hits on Smaug, even as he's flying around the city destroying it.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: The Black Arrows, the only thing capable of penetrating a dragon's hide.
  • Last Stand: Went out firing Black Arrows at Smaug.
  • Modest Royalty: Wears no crown or substantial jewelry, unlike his counterpart under the Mountain, Thrór.
  • Nerves of Steel: Doesn't even flinch in the presence of ancient and nigh-invulnerable fire-breathing monster as it destroys everything he cares about.
  • Rated M for Manly: Oh yeah.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: The damage he did to Smaug's hide eventually allows Bard to kill him with the last Black Arrow.
  • Weapon of Choice: A dwarven windlance, or ballista.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Smaug wasn't counting on Girion when he attacked Erebor.

    Dáin Ironfoot 

Dáin Ironfoot
"I will not stand down before any elf! Let alone this faithless woodland sprite!"

Portrayed By: Billy Connolly

"Good mornin'! How are we all? I've a wee proposition if you wouldn't mind giving me a few moments of yer time. Would ye consider... just SODDING OFF!"

Lord of the Iron Hills, to the east of Erebor, and kinsman of Thorin. Future King of Durin's Folk and King Under the Mountain.

  • All There in the Manual: The movie leaves this unaddressed, but in the books he becomes King Under the Mountain after Thorin's death and his sons become Kings after him until the end of Durin's line. The extended edition shows he becomes King.
  • Ancestral Weapon: It's not outright stated, but he seems to be wielding Thráin's (Thorin's father) war-hammer.
  • Animal Motifs: He wears spikes on his beard that resemble boar's horns, had a tendency to headbutt his foes (like a charging boar), and rides a boar to battle.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Continuing the trend of royalty being badass.
  • Badass Family: Thorin's second cousin and very Badass.
  • Badass Moustache: Grown into the shape of a pair of tusks.
  • Battlecry: "To battle, to battle, sons of Durin!"
  • Big Damn Heroes: His arrival not only saves Thorin, but probably the elves from the Orcish armies as well.
  • Blood Knight: Dáin's very excited at the prospect of splitting some elvish (and later Orcish) skulls.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He goes into battle practically roaring with glee. When the action focuses on him, he can always be heard bellowing.
  • Braids of Action: He has braided hair and is a beast in the battlefield.
  • The Cavalry: Arrives to help his cousin and the other Dwarves against the Elves and men.
  • Cavalry Refusal: Off-screen. In the first film, Thorin states he asked for Dáin's help, but he refused to go up against Smaug. He makes up for it by arriving in the final battle, however.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Dáin Ironfoot casually asks Thorin if he has a plan or if they should just keep murdering Orcs mid-battle.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Mentioned only in passing in the first movie, when Thorin says Dáin will not send him aid. He does make an appearance in the third film, however.
  • Combination Attack: His Dwarves achieve a whole lot of these with the Elves. After the Dwarves form their double-shield height phalanx against Azog's initial force, Thranduil's blademasters vault over the phalanx and into the Orc army, occasionally jumping off shields the Dwarves held up as platforms at the last second.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the "Appendices," Dáin played a major role in the Battle of Azanulbizar; the Iron Hills Dwarves turned the tide of the battle, and Dáin himself killed Azog to avenge his father. Presumably, Dáin's role was scaled back after the decision was made to keep Azog alive. Perhaps in an attempt to make up for it, Dáin has a lot more screentime during the Battle of the Five Armies than he ever had in the book.
  • Determinator: Gandalf notes that Dáin is even more stubborn than Thorin when he's set on something.
  • The Dreaded: A minor case, but when he arrives Gandalf's (and the elves's) reaction is something akin to "Oh God help us all."
  • Drop the Hammer: Wields a war hammer in battle, and caves in many a skull.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Joins the Company to defend Erebor just as the situation is direst for them.
  • Fiery Redhead: Goes along with his Violent Glaswegian status.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: In the beginning of the battle, he charges through Orc ranks mounted on his boar wielding the war-hammer without slowing down.
  • Full-Boar Action: Rides into battle on a boar.
  • Hard Head: He headbutts helmet-wearing Orcs several times and comes out none worse for the wear.
  • Heroic Second Wind: He and his Dwarves have this when Thorin emerges from the mountain to lead them, and manage to mount one last counterattack.
    Ironfoot: The King! To the King!
  • Incoming Ham: The very first thing Dáin does is look at the elves and do a long-winded request for them to SOD OFF!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Compared to his cousin, he's far more aggressive and unreasonable, but he still takes the time to hug Thorin in the middle of a battle.
  • Leitmotif: He has a track called, fittingly enough, "Ironfoot" that plays in his finest moments, namely in his Big Damn Heroes arrival.
  • Large Ham: The scenery is in shambles when he's through chewing on it.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: A positive example. A massive Orc army appears, Elves and Men just stare in awe and horror, frozen in place. Ironfoot and his men, meanwhile, just fall in between them and start killing without second thought.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Stands out from the rest of the Dwarves by taking on traits that Dwarves have developed since Tolkien's works, a heavy Glaswegian accent and the foulest mouth in Middle Earth.
  • Red Baron: "Ironfoot" is his epithet, not his surname. One infers that he acquired the nickname for being extremely stubborn, as Gandalf has said, or because of his tendency to wear Iron boots to battle.
    Gandalf: It is Dáin, Lord of the Iron Hills. Thorin's cousin. I've always found Thorin the more reasonable of the two.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He rides in front of his army before joining a battle, showing how he isn't one to shy away from a fight.
  • Screw You, Elves!: Ironfoot spends most of his speech calling the Elves pathetic and worthless.
  • Signature Move: Dáin has his hammer, but when the fight gets too close-up for him to use it, he tends to resort to a headbutt, a.k.a. the "Glasgow Kiss" — possibly a nod to his actor's background (see Violent Glaswegian, below).
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: His swearing is all PG-13, but that still makes him the foulest mouth in Middle-earth by a huge margin.
  • Undying Loyalty: In a way, to Thorin and Bilbo. Although it's kept way in the background of Lord of the Rings, it's Dáin who sent Glóin and Gimli to Rivendell as his representatives at the Council of Elrond, which was meant to determine what to do with the One Ring and the Baggins carrying it.
    • If this parallels the books, then Dáin had also been confronted by a Ringwraith several months prior, promising riches and Rings of Power if he told them where to locate a certain hobbit. In typical fashion, Dáin told him to sod off and started preparing Erebor for war. This action effectively diverted half of Sauron's army to the north and gave both the southern kingdoms and Frodo a much needed reprieve.
    • Quite literally. Dáin's death in the books, and likely the movies as well, came from him defending King Brand's body beneath Erebor's gates during the Battle of Dale. He refused to leave his friend's body to be desecrated and ultimately died in the process.
  • Use Your Head: His preferred melee attack. Even without a helmet, he can still knock armored orcs out.
  • Violent Glaswegian: Connolly keeps his accent for the role, and Dáin is amazingly violent and aggressive.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He's never seen after the end of the Battle of the Five Armies. In the books and extended edition, he became King Under the Mountain after Thorin.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Is implied to have been on the receiving end of this from Thorin when he refused to commit any forces to help retake Erebor.
    • Though Smaug is basically a Godzilla Threshold that no sane person would ever think to cross, and universally considered a fool's errand. As soon as word reaches Dáin that Smaug is dead, however, he quickly comes riding with his army to Thorin's aid. Everything up to but not including a dragon, he's up for - be it a large Elf army (supplemented by a couple hundred angry Men of Laketown), or charging head-first into a larger army of Orcs.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: "Aw, COME ON!" is his only reaction when he notices that the biggest Orc army of recent times has just arrived in Erebor without any warning.

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