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A group of thirteen dwarves, one hobbit, and one wizard on their way to the lost dwarven kingdom of Erebor to slay the dragon Smaug and reclaim Thorin's birthright.

  • Adaptational Badass: Whereas in the books the dwarves are bumbling and accident-prone, ill-equipped for a dangerous adventure, the films make the majority into capable fighters carrying actual weapons — they go from a kind of Dad's Army type bunch to (in Graham McTavish's words) "Middle-earth's Dirty Baker's Dozen". That being said, the entire group prove to be badass at the end of the story, so the film just makes them badass earlier.
  • Adaptational Comic Relief: While the dwarves have funny moments in the book such as their "Blunt the Knives" song, the film also gives them individual quirks such as Ori being a Manchild and Bifur having an axe in his head. Averted with Thorin, who remains dignified (having not been present at the aforementioned song) and is made more upset at the loss of his home. Also averted with Balin, somewhat.
  • Adaptational Heroism: The dwarves are much braver and kinder than their counterparts in the original book. Most notably, they're much more protective of Bilbo and the younger dwarves, and their quest is motivated more by the need for a homeland than getting their treasure.
  • Badass Beard: All of the dwarves (they're all part of Durin's Folk, nicknamed "the Longbeards" among the Seven Dwarvish tribes), plus Gandalf, possess one of these. Except Kíli, whose Perma-Stubble, while manly by human and elven standards, looks downright babyfaced compared to the other dwarves.
  • Badass Crew: More in the movie (where they are all armed, armored, and ready to fight) than in the book or animated movie (where they are repeatedly captured and have no weapons until they find them in the Trolls' hoard).
  • Badass Family: The Dwarves of the company are related.
    Thorin: We are Durin's sons. And Durin's folk do not let others fight for them.
  • Badass in Distress: Happens to them about four times, in which they must rely on Bilbo and/or Gandalf to rescue them. Gandalf himself ends up captured in Dol Guldur in the end of the second film.
  • Band of Relatives: About half of the dwarves are fairly close kinsmen. All of them play instruments.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: With the exception of Thorin, who's simply an all-around badass, all of the dwarves in the Company range from mildly goofy to downright madcap, but they're all a force to be reckoned with in a fight (even Ori, who manages to land a few good hits with his slingshot).
  • Big Eater: All of them to some extent, but Bombur and Dwalin especially.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Averted away from the book's dwarves' colored hoods in lieu of distinguishable beard- and hairstyles and weapons of choice.
  • Fighting for a Homeland: All of them.
    Thorin: Why did you come back?
    Bilbo: I know you doubt me. I-I-I know you always have. And you're right, I often think of Bag End. I miss my books. And my armchair. And my garden. See, that's where I belong. That's home. And that's why I came back: because you don't have one. A home. It was taken from you. But I will help you take it back if I can.
  • Jumped at the Call: All of the Dwarves. Thorin prefers having them over an entire army from the Iron Hills, as they answered when he called, proving their loyalty and honor.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The Arkenstone, the chiefest item amongst the regalia of the Kings Under the Mountain, and the recovery of which is one of the Company's main goals. It's clearly more than just a precious stone, but it's not clear whether it's actually magical, magic being exceptionally rare in Middle-Earth. Also, in the books, the Arkenstone was cut and shaped by the Dwarves to enhance its own "inner light," but the stone in the movie is clearly uncut, only polished, meaning that whatever illuminates from within is probably stronger in the movies than in the books.
    • Fans and Tolkien scholars have long theorized that it may be one of the Silmarils created by Fëanor, which captured the light of the Two Trees of Valinor. Specifically, it's theorized to be the Silmaril that an elf, who had come to a truly biblical amount of grief over it, threw into a "fiery chasm," entombing it in the "bosom of the earth." This is considerably unlikely, however, since the Silmarils are fated not to return until Middle-earth's Ragnarok, where they will play some vital and non-specific role.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Somehow played straight while simultaneously subverted. While the dwarves are all short, hairy, and crusty, they have great variety in their faces, beards, clothing, body types, personalities and weaponry. They also have accents that range throughout the British Isles — Yorkshire (Thorin, Fíli, Kíli, Dori), Estuary (Ori), SE London/Cockney (Nori), Scottish (Balin, Dwalin, Óin, Glóin), and Northern Irish (Bofur). The production team actually thought out how each set of dwarves should appear progressively less rich and refined the more distantly they are related to the royal line, ranging from Balin and Dwalin (Thorin's third cousins and close companions), to Dori and his brother in the middle (related, but distant cousins), to Bofur, Bombur, and Bifur (working class slobs not related to the royal line at all).
  • Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: On its way to glory! This is even lampshaded by Balin.
    • Thorin's response is: he's a dignified warrior-prince and many of the Company are just merchants, toy-makers, miners, and goofballs — but he's glad to accept any one of them over an entire dwarf army. Why? Because when he called the armies to follow him, they didn't come, but these few misfits did. One willing toy-maker who chose to be by his side on this dangerous journey is worth more than an entire army who stayed safe at home in their beds.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Besides Thorin, Fíli, and Kíli, we have Balin, Dwalin, Óin, and Glóin, who are also members of the line of Durin.
  • Sibling Team: Fíli and Kíli; Balin and Dwalin; Óin and Glóin; Nori, Dori, and Ori; and Bofur and Bombur (plus their cousin Bifur).
  • Theme Naming: As noted under Sibling Team, all of the fraternal pairs have rhyming (or at least similar) names.
  • True Companions / Undying Loyalty: They're ready to go to extensive lengths for each other's sake.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Ready to go to each other's aid when needed, but you couldn't always tell it from just watching them.
  • Weapon of Choice: Each dwarf has his own set of weapons in the film but this trope becomes subverted during the Goblin Town scene where their weapons get tossed around and mixed up. For instance, Ori ends up with Dwalin's hammer and does alright with it.


Bilbo Baggins
"I can't just go running off into the blue! I am a Baggins, of Bag End!"

Portrayed By: Martin Freeman

"One day I'll remember. Remember everything that happened: the good, the bad, those who survived... and those that did not."

A Hobbit chosen by the wizard Gandalf to accompany the 13 dwarves on their quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and its treasure from the dragon Smaug.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: The trend that continues from the original film trilogy, though Bilbo probably wouldn't even count as overtly stocky in the books. He is kept as middle-aged, though.
  • Adaptational Badass: Bilbo gets far more action scenes and more impressive a body count compared to his book counterpart.
  • Adorkable: Most hobbits seem to fall into this trope, but Bilbo's good manners, nerdy habits, and clumsiness are enhanced even more by the gruff Company of dwarves around him.
  • Adult Fear: Along with Dwalin and Thorin, he's Forced to Watch Fíli's death at the hands of Azog. And then in Lord of the Rings, a now elderly and physically weak Bilbo must stay behind with the elves and Glóin in Rivendell while Frodo embarks on a very dangerous journey to Mordor to destroy the One Ring. The last time two boys he cared for went on a dangerous trek, both of them ended up dead.
  • Audience Surrogate: Serves as the one that the audience views the adventures with and is typically the Only Sane Man to the group.
  • Badass Family: His adventurous Took side, which is partly why Gandalf chose him.
  • Badass Normal: The bravest little Hobbit of them all. However...
  • Badass Unintentional: He never expected to be.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In The Desolation of Smaug, it seems like Bilbo's about to tell Gandalf about the Ring, but instead says he found his courage.note 
  • Blatant Lies: After everything's said and done, he claims to have lost the Ring when called on possessing it by Gandalf, who clearly doesn't buy it.
  • Blue Blood: Descended from the the greatest family of Shire-Hobbits (his Took side) and the patriarch of another wealthy and aristocratic family (the Bagginses, which also intermarried extensively with the other great Hobbit house, the Brandybucks), though he had no direct descendants himself.
  • Celibate Hero: Like the book, he never marries or has any romantic interest.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: Bilbo attempts to leave the Company while in the goblin cave, feeling he doesn't belong among them on this adventure. After his adventures in the mountain, he forgoes the chance to escape with the Ring and returns to the Company.
  • Character Development: Which, as with Thorin, kicks in much earlier in the movie than in the book.
  • The Chosen Zero: Initially treated this way by the dwarves.
  • Classical Anti-Hero —> The Hero: He only saves the dwarves in order to get to their gold and be done with the adventure.
  • Cool Sword: Sting, an elven long knife that glows when orcs are near, although Balin thinks it's "more like a letter-opener".
  • Cowardly Lion: Although he does get braver and more effective at fighting through the adventure, he still believes that he's not really a hero or a warrior or even a burglar, just a hobbit who decided to stick by his friends, and generally prefers to avoid fights whenever possible.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Being played by Martin Freeman helps.
  • Extreme Mêlée Revenge: Bilbo brutally shanks some kind of Mirkwood arthropod that grazed the dropped Ring, showing that the Ring's corruption is getting to his head.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: His relationship to the rest of the Company.
  • Forced to Watch:
    • When Smaug declares he's going to pay Laketown a "visit", Bilbo tries to stop him, revealing that he cares about the people of Laketown. Smaug is pleased, as he can make Bilbo watch as he burns the village. Sure enough, Bilbo is horrified by the subsequent destruction.
    • The death of Fíli at Azog's hands. All Bilbo can do is stare and mutter, "No, no, no," as Thorin's eldest nephew is Impaled with Extreme Prejudice and then dropped at their feet.
  • Gentleman Adventurer: Very polite, which clashes with the more bombastic dwarves, though Balin and Dori are closest to being civil.
  • Gentleman Thief: Lampshaded. Bilbo even tells Thorin in BOFA that despite being a burglar, he likes to think that he's an honest one. Of course, this is right after Bilbo gave the Arkenstone to Bard and Thranduil, so Thorin's not as willing to laugh about or accept the thief part anymore.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Bilbo is generally a friendly and polite fellow who prefers to use his wits to get out of a situation rather than use a sword. But when Thorin was about to be decapitated by an orc mook, Bilbo flung himself at said orc and killed him.
  • Go Through Me: Bilbo does this after tackling Azog's mook and standing between Azog and the semi-conscious Thorin.
  • Guile Hero: Unlike his dwarven companions, Bilbo prefers to use his words and brain to get him out of tight situations. His tiny size and dislike of battle also makes this trope necessary to his survival throughout the quest.
    • He spends much of the first film slowly turning into one, from distracting the trolls long enough to let Gandalf come in, to his "game of riddles" with Gollum.
  • The Heart: He's a Hobbit so he's been set up to be one, anyway. Gandalf even lampshades this — Bilbo represents a better world to strive for.
    • In the Battle of the Five Armies, it's Bilbo who comes closest to breaking Thorin out of his gold madness, and without any threat of violence or war being involved. When Bilbo shows Thorin the acorn he'd taken from Beorn's place and states that he'll take it back to his home, plant it, care for it, let it grow, and remember his amazing journey with them whenever he looks at the tree, Thorin's sickness visibly begins to fade and Bilbo nearly gets through to him. And later, Bilbo's voice and words are the last hallucinations that Thorin sees and hears before he throws off the gold madness and finally returns to himself.
  • Heartbroken Badass: When Gandalf said that Bilbo wouldn't be the same when he returned from the quest, he wasn't expecting to lose several of his closest friends. After the Battle of the Five Armies, Bilbo is so traumatized and broken by the deaths of Thorin, Fíli, and Kíli that he can scarcely talk about them. And then he returns home to find Bag End ransacked and auctioned off by his own neighbors and relatives. Not the same, indeed.
  • The Hero: Not in part one, but just you wait...
  • Heroic Resolve:
    Bilbo: I...found something, in the goblin tunnels.
    Gandalf: What did you find?
    [long pause]
    Bilbo: courage.
    Gandalf: Good. You'll need it.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Thorin. It's particularly apparent in the third film when Thorin delivers a speech while dying in his arms. Notably, Bilbo is one of the few primary characters in Lord of the Rings who doesn't have one of these, or at least a best friend and close confidante. The death of Thorin would explain that particular absence, which is quite rare in Tolkien's primary works about the One Ring and Middle-Earth.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: When it comes to preventing a costly and unnecessary war between the other factions of Middle-Earth, he readily admits to secreting away the Arkenstone from Thorin's grasp. By this point, all the other company members can see how bad their leader's greed is getting, and they're not as outwardly angry with him; some even agree with his necessary betrayal.
  • Idle Rich: When Gandalf first finds him, in contrast to his younger self.
    • Non-Idle Rich: Soon after, he became a central part of a quest that would secure the Free Peoples' northern and eastern flank against the forces of evil, slay the last great dragon, restore two great kingdoms of Men and Dwarves, bring about peace among Elves, Men, and Dwarves, and, tangentially, thwart Sauron's first attempt at a comeback.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass and I Just Want to Be Normal: Bilbo is torn between the conflicting sides of his family clans.
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: Despite risking his life to save Thorin, he still believes that he's just a Tag Along Hobbit.
    Bilbo: I'm not a hero or a warrior...not even a burglar.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: He breaks down miserably after Thorin’s death, and begins to cry-whine in grief.
  • I Should Write a Book About This: He's not only the trope picture, he's also the original author of the book. Too bad he's also an Unreliable Narrator.
  • In the Blood: Adventure seems to run in the family, if Frodo and Old Took's great-grand-uncle Bullroarer are anything to go by in Bilbo's extended line.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Though he never outright says it, you can tell from his facial expressions that Bilbo immediately regrets it when he tells Bofur that the dwarves should be used to living on the road and having "nowhere to belong", briefly forgetting that they lost their home to Smaug.
    • He does say it at the end of the second movie when he realizes they've pissed off Smaug to the point that the dragon decides to bring his wrath down on the nearby Laketown.
    • The look on his face after he brutally kills a young spider for accidentally touching the Ring screams this.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Probably the spiders would have found the Company in Mirkwood anyway, but Bilbo certainly didn't help by strumming the webs he found like a freaking guitar string, meaning the spiders could tell where they were. And he did it twice.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he sees Sting is glowing blue and remembers what that means, and when he realizes that Gollum figured out where his 'precious' is.
    • As Smaug stirs, and he gets an idea of just how huge the dragon is.
  • Out of Focus: A complaint of The Desolation of Smaug is that Bilbo tends to fade into the background until the end. The focus also shifts away from him in Battle Of Five Armies, but since this happened in the book as well, it isn't quite as contended among fans.
  • Parental Substitute: To Frodo in Lord of the Rings, whom he adopted and raised after the deaths of Drogo and Primula Baggins in the Brandywine River.
  • The Patriarch: He may be young but he's still the head of the Baggins family.
  • Red Is Heroic: He wears a red coat.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Thorin's blue.
  • Sacred Hospitality: He extends this to the Dwarves toward the end:
    Bilbo: If you're ever passing through Bag End, tea's at four, there's plenty of it, you're always welcome...Don't bother to knock.
  • Sanity Slippage: He seems to show signs of this, considering his behavior begins to slowly but surely change under the influence of the One Ring. One notable example is during The Desolation of Smaug: when Bilbo briefly lost the Ring and when a giant arthropod accidentally touched it, he went completely berserk and murdered it very violently. After his outburst of violence and when the realization of what he's done sinks in, he is utterly horrified, and nearly throws up.
  • Scheherezade Gambit: He keeps Gollum from eating him by proposing him a game of riddles. Tries the same thing on Smaug. That doesn't go as well.
  • The Smart Guy: Bilbo's a natural intellectual who absorbs new information like a sponge and uses his brain instead of his brawn to get out of tight situations.
  • The Sneaky Guy / Stealth Expert: The reason why Bilbo was chosen as the Company's burglar in the first place. Since the Company is only composed of thirteen dwarves of varying occupations, they were inevitably going to need a non-dwarf to sneak into Erebor's treasure chamber. So, even though Bilbo has never stolen anything in his life, he does turn out to be surprisingly good at sneaking and stealing, and manages to sneak behind three mountain trolls without them noticing him. And he only got caught because one of the trolls happened to have a itchy nose and grabbed him by accident to use as tissue paper.
  • Staring Down Cthulhu: Bilbo does this with Smaug because running would earn him instant death, so he uses flattery to stay alive. He's also the only member of the Company who's willing to stand up to a deranged and very gold-obsessed Thorin, bluntly stating that he's not afraid of him and if no one else is willing to talk some sense into him, then Bilbo will try to do it himself.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Though he is the protagonist, in the series it's Thorin who's The Hero of the story in terms of traditional character dynamics.
  • The Magnificent: Never has "Barrel Rider" been a more badass nickname. Even Smaug seems impressed.
  • Timeshifted Actor: Ian Holm plays the older Bilbo in the prologue, as well as Lord of the Rings, where he's a venerable 111 years old. Martin Freeman plays the younger, 50-year-old Bilbo in the main story.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Bilbo goes from an ordinary hobbit, who as a responsible adult shows disdain for adventures, to killing a huge orc warrior, a warg, and fending off Azog to protect Thorin.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Thorin and the Company. Bilbo makes it clear to the elves and men that everything he's doing is to help and protect his dwarven friends, including giving away the Arkenstone, which he is afraid will drive Thorin even deeper into gold madness. He even sneaks into Ravenhill, something that Gandalf thought was suicidal, and under the nose of Azog in order to warn Thorin and his nephews about the White Orc's ambush.
  • Unfazed Everyman: It takes a long time and even at the end there are many things he finds awkward and frightening, but he does get there.
    • Fittingly as he's played by the same actor as Arthur Dent, the original trope namer.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In the third film, he calls Thorin out on not keeping his word to help out the lakemen as well as not being himself after the former bargained the Arkenstone to Bard and Thranduil.
  • What You Are in the Dark: When he doesn't kill Gollum, and when he's listening to the dwarves talking about him deserting them, after they all escape the goblins in the mountains. He's wearing the Ring at the time, so he's free to let them believe he's gone for good and go back to Rivendell. Of course, he reveals himself and continues the journey. The latter's only a minor case, though.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: He gives one near the end of the first film when he explains why he wants to go on with Thorin and Company despite the danger:
    Bilbo: I know you doubt me, I know you always have, and you're right. I often think of Bag End. I miss my books, and my arm chair, and my garden. See, that's where I belong; that's home, and that's why I came, 'cause you don't have one...a home. It was taken from you, but I will help you take it back if I can.


Gandalf the Grey
"I am looking for someone to share in an adventure."

Portrayed By: Ian McKellen

See his character sheet in The Lord of the Rings.


Thorin II Oakenshield
"I would take each and every one of these dwarves over the mightiest army."

Portrayed By: Richard Armitage

"Some of us might get through. We kill the dragon! If this is to end in fire, then we will all burn together!"

The leader of the Company of Dwarves who have set out to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug. As King of Durin's Folk he is the rightful King under the Mountain and the uncle of Fíli and Kíli, who are the sons of his sister Dís.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He is played by Richard Armitage, after all. Though possibly a subversion according to the actor himself.
    • Age Lift: The oldest dwarf in the original novel, but here he looks younger than several of the other ones.
    • Beard of Sorrow: According to Word of God, the short beard is a sign of mourning, and Thorin will grow the beard again should he succeed in claiming back Erebor (although this didn't happen, due to the short amount of time until his death).
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Thorin is notably much more stoic and grim in the movie version, compared to his original characterization.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In the book, Thorin casually mentions that the younger dwarves, including his nephews, would probably not survive the quest. In the film, he's much more protective of the younger dwarves as well as Bilbo, even putting his life at risk to protect them.
  • Adult Fear: Being Forced to Watch Fíli's death at the hands of Azog.
  • A Father to His Men: He actively protects the Company and feels great responsibility for them. When they were escaping underground from the wargs, Thorin made sure he was last to jump.
  • Anti-Hero: Of the Good Is Not Nice's category. In Desolation Of Smaug, Thorin is firmly this trope as he becomes more and more obsessed with reaching Erebor and becomes even more willing to Kick the Dog when it suits his purposes.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Thorin's most definitely this for the dwarves, who all look up to him both because of his leadership and his prowess in combat.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: At Azanulbizar. In the words of Balin: "And I thought to myself then, there is one who I could follow. There is one I could call King."
  • Badass Baritone: Very deep voice. With a lovely song to show it off, to boot.
  • Badass Beard: He's a Dwarf, so it comes with the territory.
  • Badass Boast: To Smaug: "I am taking back what you stole!"
  • Badass in Charge: As King of Durin's Folk and rightful King Under the Mountain.
  • Badass Longcoat: Thorin's big leather coat only serves to make his bearing that bit more impressive.
  • Battle Amongst the Flames: His confrontation with Azog at the end of the film.
  • Battlecry: Thorin shouts the ancient dwarven battle cry when he rallies his troops at the Battle of Azanulbizar.
    "Baruk Khazâd! Khazâd ai-mênu!" or "The axes of the dwarves! The dwarves are upon you!"
  • Best Served Cold: He spends decades plotting against Smaug the dragon for destroying his people's kingdom.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: He manages to kill Azog at the end of the Battle of the Five Armies, but is fatally wounded during the fight and dies shortly afterwords.
  • Celibate Hero: Never married or had kids. Richard Armitage imagines that he might have lost a loved one or a betrothed during Erebor's fall.
  • Character Development: It kicks in much earlier in the film than in the book. The Character Development in the first movie actually sets up more of Thorin's backstory than the book ever talks about (it's mostly in later Tolkien writings). We can still expect the same arc of development that Thorin undergoes at the end of the book to be portrayed in the third film, however.
  • Cool Sword: Orcrist, an elven sword of Gondolin, in addition to his dwarven blade, Deathless. He loses both when the Company is imprisoned by Thranduil and gets a new sword from the armory of Laketown. He gets Orcrist back when fighting Azog at the end.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He was on the receiving end of one when attempting to defend Erebor against Smaug. And Azog inflicts him one in the climax of An Unexpected Journey, attacking when on top his warg.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Poor Thorin's had a pretty rough life. His kingdom was taken over by a dragon that either killed most of the Erebor dwarves in the initial attack or forced them to flee to distant lands; much of his life afterwards was spent working in menial, dead-end jobs that brought little respect from the humans around him; and then, when his people finally tried to retake Moria, Thorin not only witnessed the mass slaughter of his fellow dwarves in battle, but also the beheading of his grandfather at the hands of an orc, the death of his younger brother Frerin, and the disappearance of his father whom he never sees again. Very little seems to ever go right or come easy to the poor guy.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Around Elrond in Rivendell.
    Elrond: You have your grandfather's bearing. I knew Thrór, when he ruled under the mountain.
    Thorin: Indeed, he made no mention of you.
  • Determinator: Despite his many flaws, Thorin's unwavering determination to return his people to their homeland is nothing short of admirable.
  • Deuteragonist: Although Bilbo is the viewpoint character, within the scope of the movie itself, Thorin is the most important member of the party, because he's the reason they were gathered in the first place.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Thorin does this constantly to Smaug while being chased by him. He uses it to his advantage to keep Smaug off guard and make use of his fire breath in an Indy Ploy.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Dies in Bilbo's.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father, Thráin, disappeared shortly after the Battle of Azanulbizar, leaving Thorin to care for and guide the exiled dwarves of Erebor alone.
  • Doomed by Canon: He, Fíli, and Kíli will be killed in the Battle of the Five Armies.
  • Doomed Hometown: The Lonely Mountain. What was once a village of thriving dwarves has now been turned into a lair of Smaug's infamous spoils.
  • The Exile: Of the Noble Fugitive variety, until he made his temporary home in the Blue Mountains.
  • Fantastic Racism: Thorin really doesn't like elves or anything made by elvish hands. The feeling's mutual for the elves.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Bilbo, after Bilbo rescues him from being beheaded by one of Azog's mooks. They become even closer as the films progress, with Bilbo repeatedly saving Thorin and the Company as they near and finally reclaim the Lonely Mountain.
  • Fighting for a Homeland:
    Gandalf: Destroy the dragon. Take back your homeland.
  • Frontline General: Just like his father and grandfather.
  • Gold Fever: Like his father and grandfather, Thorin develops this the closer he gets back to Erebor. Elrond even predicts this.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Thorin, while unmistakably one of the protagonists, can be incredibly stubborn, proud, and quick to criticize, as well as discriminating against all things elvish (this last the elves probably earned, for not honoring their alliance with the dwarves when Smaug attacked).
  • Go Out with a Smile: He dies in Bilbo's arms, smiling over being forgiven for his past actions and with the knowledge that Bilbo will be able to return to the Shire and live a long, peaceful life there.
    Thorin: Farewell, Master Burglar. Go back to your books, your fireplace. Plant your trees, watch them grow. If more of us valued home above gold, the world would be a merrier place.
  • He's Back: When he throws away the crown and snaps from the Dragon-sickness back to his old honorable self. Not even his grand-father was able to do that.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Dwalin and Balin. They are said to have an especially close relationship, growing up together and sharing the bitter air of exile while fighting their way through numerous hordes of goblins and orcs. It's to the point that Thorin realizes the extent of his own Sanity Slippage when he finds himself willing to kill Dwalin.
    • Eventually becomes this with Bilbo, to the point that the Hobbit was the only one he trusted during his period of Sanity Slippage.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Fortunately, Thorin's got Balin looking out for him.
    Balin: I fear for you.
  • Honor Before Reason: Balin points out that Thorin doesn't need to put his life on the line to reclaim Erebor, since he's done well by his people, building them a new life in the Blue Mountains. Thorin replies that he has no choice in the matter because it is the will of his forefathers. He looks rather sad when he says this, showing what a burden carrying the honour of his line has become.
    Thorin: If this is to end in fire, then we shall all burn together.
    • Bard, in particular, is very unhappy with this attitude, for fear of the life he's built with his family in Laketown:
      Bard: You awaken that beast, and you'll destroy us all... You have no right. No right to enter that mountain.
      Thorin: I have the only right.
  • Improvised Armour: How he got his name — by grabbing an oak branch as a replacement when his shield was lost.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: He doesn't look radically different from his days as Prince of Erebor, but tragedy and hardship have certainly taken their toll. The gorgeous, youthful, and smiling Thorin who appears in the prologue leaves no doubt where his nephews get their good looks from.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Azog's sword hand at the end of the Battle of the Five Armies. Even though he returns the favor, the injury still kills him.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: It wasn't exactly smart of Thorin to turn down Thranduil's deal without a second thought, considering said deal was pretty much their only way out of the Wood Elf Kingdom, but he has a very valid reason not to trust the king. He rightly points out that Thranduil didn't aid them against Smaug when he attacked them — which is understandable, if cold — but he also turned his back on the refugees and refused to help them. Thranduil betrayed their trust; why should Thorin trust him now?
    • He refuses to honor his deal with people of Laketown while Thranduil's army is present, while Bilbo tries to get him to help out of compassion. Thorin points out that it wasn't compassion that motivated the people of Laketown to help the dwarves, it was a selfish desire for wealth.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Is initially resentful of Bilbo, until he thanks the hobbit for saving his life.
  • Kubrick Stare: Kind of inevitable when one is a dwarf.
  • The Leader: Of the dwarves; a Type IV, according to Balin, though with some shades of a Type I.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's a lot faster, agile, and more durable than you'd expect a dwarf to be, and doesn't seem to have sacrificed any strength for it.
  • Man Hug: Gives one to Bilbo, after the latter rescues him from one of Azog's mooks.
  • Meaningful Name: Oakenshield, which is both a direct reference to the oak branch that Thorin used to defeat Azog at Azanulbizar and an indirect one to the acorn that Bilbo takes home and plants after Thorin's death in BOFA.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He was designed with a "heroic" figure in mind, which amongst other things means broad shoulders and lots of muscles. The prosthetics department also admittedly wanted him to be "sexy". In early drafts of An Unexpected Journey, he even got a Shirtless Scene.
  • Mutual Kill: He takes out Azog, but receives a fatal wound doing so and passes away shortly after.
  • Never My Fault: As Thorin sinks deeper and deeper into dragon sickness, he refuses to accept responsibility for the destruction of Laketown and the displacement of its people.
  • Nice to the Waiter: At the beginning of The Desolation of Smaug, when the waitress at the Prancing Pony brings him his meal, he thanks her very politely, and with a kind smile. He probably made the girl's day...
  • No Sense of Direction: He loses his way when trying to find Bilbo's house.
  • Parental Substitute: Tries to be a father to his nephews, Fíli and Kíli, with varying degrees of success.
  • The Patriarch: The dwarves are fiercely patriarchal, since they are all descended from the original Seven Fathers of the Dwarves. Thorin, as king of the eldest clan (the Longbeards or Durin's Folk) is the symbolic father of the entire race. In The Hobbit, he displays all the qualities of a more literal patriarch among his Company, including the tragically late expression of his respect for the black sheep, Bilbo.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Considering Thorin's life and the immense burdens he bears on a daily basis, it shouldn't be too surprising that his default expression is a frown.
    • When He Smiles: But it's worth it when he finally loses the frown. The acorn scene in Five Armies and its resulting wide, happy smile appears to take decades off Thorin's increasingly grim and tired features.
  • Pretty in Mink: Befitting his status, his robe has a big fur collar.
  • Pride: Thorin's fatal flaw. Gandalf even warns him about it at several points in the film.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When he can see past his Pride, which is mercifully quite often.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Bilbo's red.
  • Riches to Rags: Smaug's attack came without warning, so they didn't have the chance to evacuate and salvage any of the gold.
  • Rousing Speech: He gives a pretty good one in Laketown, exciting the crowd and convincing the Master and the town's citizens to support the dwarves over Bard's protests.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something:
    • After being defeated by Smaug, Thorin humbled himself and took whatever work he could while resettling the survivors in the Blue Mountains. Balin says that their new home isn't as grand as Erebor but that Thorin made sure that his people could live in comfort and start working to regain their prosperity.
    • Taking back Erebor is no easy task, but Thorin firmly believes that it is his responsibility as the dwarven king to reclaim his people's homeland. And despite his sometimes arrogant behavior, Thorin is also willing to do the same work and menial jobs as his fellow dwarves in exile.
  • Sanity Slippage: He becomes more callous, more obsessed with claiming Erebor, and more ruthless the closer they advance to their goal.
  • The Stoic: Looks Smaug in the eye and tells him his goal, regardless of the outome.
    • Not So Stoic: Thorin loses his cool a few times when people he cares about are in danger.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Aragorn in terms of appearance, leadership ability, fighting prowess, and determination to take his place as the rightful King. But the burden of his quest is more closer to Frodo's, both of them sharing bouts of Sanity Slippage (including turning their swords on a friend) as well as being carried by the eagle's talons after the rescue from the fire, and they both leave Middle-earth — though in Thorin's case, he dies. It also helps that they both have piercing blue eyes and dark hair.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Tall for a dwarf, that is. The Dark and Snarky parts are well in evidence throughout the films.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Despite the above, the closer he gets to Erebor, the more he becomes obssessed with it. It gets to the point where Balin has to call him out on it when he refers to Bilbo as simply a burglar, and his initial refusal to help him when they realize Smaug woke up.
  • Unflinching Walk: Thorin does one as he confronts Azog for the second time, while surrounded by flaming trees and attacking wargs.
  • Warrior Prince: He's easily one of the most skilled warriors in the Company and charges into battle alongside his fellows without a second thought.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • Master Swordsman: He was shown using a heavy, two-handed dwarven sword before he found the slimmer and more elegant Orcrist.
    • An Axe to Grind: An axe is also in his arsenal.
    • The Straight and Arrow Path: He is seen using a bow a couple of times; when he hallucinates shooting a stag and when he gives Thranduil a warning shot while on parley.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Thorin is known to be on the receiving end of this; first by Balin for planning to abandoning Bilbo to Smaug, by Bard for the fact that his actions caused the destruction of Laketown and the deaths of hundreds — or even thousands — of innocent people, by Bilbo for not keeping his word or being himself after the latter learns the former bargained the Arkenstone, by Dwalin for becoming ever more obsessed with reclaiming Erebor to the exclusion of everything else, including the well-being of everyone, and by Kíli for letting others fight their battles for them while they hide inside the safety of Erebor. Yikes.
    • Thorin himself gives a wordless one to his grandfather, when the latter refuses to give the White Gems of Lasgalen to Thranduil. From Thorin's reaction and expression, it's clear that he was not expecting such a thing to happen, and was dismayed at what was done to Thranduil. Whatever sympathy he had for the Elven-king was wiped out when Thranduil not only refused to aid Erebor against Smaug when he attacked them but also turned his back on the now-homeless refugees and refused to help them.
  • You Are King of Durin's Folk Now: Whereas in the books, Thorin succeeded Thráin after a long rule; in the movie, Thorin is thrust into the kingship at the Battle of Azanulbizar when Thrór is killed and Thráin disappears. Fortunately, in the eyes of Balin and the others, he was not found wanting.


"I belong with my brother!"

Portrayed By: Dean O'Gorman

"We may be few in number, but we're fighters! All of us! To the last Dwarf!"

The elder of Thorin's nephews who sets out on the Quest of Erebor.

  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Kíli.
    • To the extent that he willingly abandons the quest in order to take care of an injured Kíli.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: It's good to be a merry young dwarf heading off on his first grand adventure.
  • Dies Wide Open: Poor Fíli.
  • Doomed by Canon: He, Thorin, and Kíli will be killed in the Battle of the Five Armies.
  • The Dutiful Son: Plays this role compared to his reckless little brother, since he mostly does what he's told/what needs to be done without Thorin having to yell at him during fights.
    • However, he openly defies Thorin in The Desolation of Smaug by choosing to remain in Laketown with Kíli.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: With Kíli; he is the responsible and somewhat more levelheaded one, since he's the elder brother, and heir to the throne.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: And then dropped off a cliff.
  • Jumped at the Call: He and his brother are very happy to get to be part of the Company.
  • Modest Royalty: His official profile describes that "his nobility is portrayed in bearing rather than any proud raiment".
  • Mr. Fanservice: Albeit to a lesser degree than his brother (depending on your preference for facial hair).
  • Nephewism: His uncle Thorin has no children of his own, but took both nephews under his wing and named Fíli his heir.
  • Nice Guy: Compared to his surly and headstrong dwarven companions, Fíli comes across as pretty mellow and selfless. He's quick to befriend Bilbo, insists on staying with his injured brother in Laketown, and doesn't hesitate to protect Bard's children when their home is attacked by orcs.
  • Pretty in Mink: Similar to Thorin, his outfit in the film has a fur collar and cuffs.
  • Sacrificial Lion: He is captured during the assault on Azog's strategic encampment above the battlefield, and mercilessly stabbed and hurled from a ledge to land dead in front of both his uncle and brother. This inevitably triggers their Berserk Button, and spurs them on to one final charge.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Legolas in this adaptation. The latter also appears.
  • Warrior Prince: As the eldest son of Thorin's sister, Fíli is his childless uncle's heir-apparent, and has obviously been trained in combat for the position.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • Dual Wielding: He even has a cool back sheath where one sword is drawn from the top and the other from the bottom.
    • Knife Nut: He's covered in them. Which leads to a humorous Extended Disarming sequence when he's captured by the Mirkwood elves.
    • Cool Sword: He wields a two-handed sword in the third film.
    • Drop the Hammer: An action figure of Fíli includes a warhammer.
    • Walking Armory: See above. Dean O'Gorman describes him as being "like a hedgehog".
  • Young Gun: He and Kíli are still youngsters who haven't travelled far from home before.


"Mountain trolls are slow and stupid, and you're so small. They'll never see you! It's perfectly safe! We'll be right behind you."

Portrayed By: Aidan Turner

"I will not hide, when others fight our battles for us."

The younger of Thorin's nephews who sets out on the Quest of Erebor.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He's conspicuous amongst the rest of the dwarves for his lack of facial prosthetics, which from a creative point of view enhances his comparative youthfulness. The film explanation is that this allows him to be more effective at archery.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Blond in the book, dark in the movie.
  • Ascended Extra / O.C. Stand-in: His most notable role in the book is dying in the Battle of the Five Armies, and is more of a Tagalong Kid with his brother. Even in the first film, he does little to stand out from the rest of the dwarves, but takes a central role in the second film.
  • Determinator: The guy gets shot with an arrow tipped by poison. He keeps going for days afterwards and literally had to be ordered to stay in Laketown to recover; otherwise, he would have followed them to Erebor.
    • Heroic Resolve: Despite being half-unconscious from pain during the raid on Laketown, he forces himself to his feet to fight and saves Tauriel from getting stabbed In the Back.
  • Distressed Dude: In The Desolation of Smaug, Tauriel shows up to save his ass. Thrice.
  • Doomed by Canon: He, Fíli, and Thorin will be killed in the Battle of the Five Armies.
  • Fatal Flaw: His recklessness leads directly to his death.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: With Fíli; he's the young and foolish one. In An Unexpected Journey, Thorin even rebukes him, stating "you know nothing of the world".
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When Tauriel is about to get killed by Bolg, he jumps on the Orc's back and gets a spear through the gut.
  • Hot-Blooded: Harm any of his comrades and he will proceed to impale you with no mercy.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice
  • Keet: Constantly cheerful and energetic.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: He's usually the first to run into battle; at one point in the third movie Fíli even holds him back from doing so. It's also his Fatal Flaw, as rushing to avenge his brother is ultimately what gets him killed.
  • Love at First Sight: He's clearly attracted to Tauriel from the moment he meets her.
  • Mr. Fanservice: So much so that even the other actors nickname him "sexy dwarf" and "the hot one".
  • Nephewism: Same as his bro, above. Richard Armitage claims Thorin has a soft spot for Kíli in particular.
  • Nice Guy: He's one of the loudest protesters about Thorin's treatment of the Men and abandonment of his cousin in the Battle of the Five Armies.
  • No, You: He shows the emotional range of a seven-year-old when Bilbo claims the dwarves all have parasites (fittingly enough, he's the youngest of the dwarves):
    Kíli: We don't have parasites! You have parasites!
  • One-Man Army: Becomes one during his rampage against Bolg's forces in the third movie.
  • Perma-Stubble: He can't have a big, elaborately braided beard because he's an archer, so he has this instead.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Goes on one after Bolg kills his brother.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers / Interspecies Romance: Regardless of how their relationship plays out, Kíli and Tauriel are already this, being a dwarf and an elf whose nations have hated each other for over a century, and whose races have been on bad terms since the First Age of Middle-Earth, thousands of years ago. Also, Kíli is going to die in the Battle of the Five Armies. Tragically, their species do not even share the same afterlives according to Tolkien lore.
    Kíli: She is far away. Sh...She is far away from me. She walks in starlight in another world. Do you think she could have loved me?
    • Indeed it doesn't end well. He dies and she's left banished from Mirkwood with a broken heart.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: After Kíli is cured of the poison arrow and falls into an exhausted slumber, this is how Tauriel (and the audience) learns that he's crushing hard for her.
  • Warrior Prince: Like his brother, Kíli has obviously been trained in combat and eagerly fights alongside the Company.
  • Weapon of Choice:
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He's keen to impress his rather aloof uncle and gets embarrassed when Thorin scolds him.
  • Young Gun: The second youngest and most energetic of the group, he's basically the dwarf equivalent of an 18-year-old human.


"And I thought to myself; there is one I could follow. There is one I could call King."

Portrayed By: Ken Stott

"Bilbo, if there is indeed a live dragon down there, don't waken it."

One of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor, and second-in-command. He is the older brother of Dwalin.

  • Badass Grandpa: He exhibits some pretty cool sword moves during the breakout from Goblin-town.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Bilbo.
    • Of all the dwarves in the Company, Balin is the only one known (in the books) to have visited Bilbo at Bag End after their quest for the Lonely Mountain.
  • Blatant Lies: When asked about the Dwarves' purpose, Balin responds "We are simple dwarven merchants," while they're standing ten feet away from barrels splintered by a fight with elves and orcs and hauling around absolutely nothing in the way of merchandise. Bard doesn't buy it for a second.
  • Brave Scot: Is portrayed with a Scottish accent.
  • Commander Contrarian: While his loyalty to Thorin has been unquestioned since Azanulbizar, during the Unexpected Party, Balin makes it clear he doesn't put much faith in the quest's success and tries to talk Thorin out of leading the Company to Erebor. When it's clear Thorin won't back down, he declares he's with him, and doesn't raise another question.
  • The Consigliere: Ken Stott even called him Thorin's consigliere outright in an interview.
  • Cool Old Guy: The oldest and most good-natured dwarf of the party, still a capable fighter, and the voice of reason for Thorin.
  • Saved by Canon/Doomed by Canon: He can't die in this trilogy... because he gets slain by orcs when he attempts to retake Khazad-dûm in between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. It was in his tomb that the Fellowship of the Ring fought the troll.
  • Doomed Home Town: The Lonely Mountain.
  • Headbutt of Love: He and his brother Dwalin affectionately smash heads when they meet up at Bag End.
  • The Heart: By The Desolation Of Smaug, he's moved on to being this. He's the one who openly shows concern and care for the group and tries his hardest to keep everyone going.
  • He Had a Name: To Thorin:
    Thorin: I will not risk this quest for the life of one burglar.
    Balin: His name is Bilbo.
  • The Lancer: He's Thorin's second-in-command.
  • Literal-Minded: A bit. When Bilbo greeted him with "Good evening," Balin agreed, though he predicted it would rain later. Later, when Bilbo interrupts Balin and Dwalin going through his larder with an irritable "I'm sorry," Balin mildly accepts his apology.
  • Man Hug: He and Dwalin share a couple.
  • Manly Tears: Sheds some after the Battle of Azanulbizar. He also gets quite misty when the dwarves finally step into the old halls of Erebor.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Smaug awakens:
    Dori: Was that an earthquake?
    Balin: That, my lad, was a dragon.
  • Old Soldier: He was already fairly old at the Battle of Azanulbizar, and is elderly by the time of The Hobbit.
  • Parental Substitute: To Thorin in the films since Thráin's disappearance.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Dwalin's red.
  • Team Mom: A male example in order to contrast Thorin's Team Dad; he's very kindly and supportive. As the eldest and wisest dwarf, he's also the de facto leader when Thorin isn't around.
  • Title Drop: As the Company overlooks the destroyed city of Dale:
    Bilbo: What is this place?
    Balin: This was once the city of Dale. Now it is but a ruin. The Desolation of Smaug.
  • Weapon of Choice
    • Mix-and-Match Weapon: He appears to wield a weapon that has a blade like a sword but a heavy tri-pointed head like a mace. It has simply been described as a mace in promotional material.
    • Carry a Big Stick: He does wield a straight-up mace in the third film.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Balin calls out Thorin's decision to leave Bilbo at the mercy of the awakened Smaug (meaning almost certain death for him) on the grounds that he cannot risk his life and the quest for the sake of a burglar.


"I don't care what he calls himself, I don't like him."

Portrayed By: Graham McTavish

"Bilbo was right. You cannot see what you have become. The Dwarf I knew would never come to suspect his own kin of betrayal."

One of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. He is the younger brother of Balin.

  • Adult Fear: Along with Bilbo and Thorin, he's Forced to Watch Fíli's death at the hands of Azog.
  • Amusing Injuries: Dwalin's right ear looks like someone or something took a large bite out of it.
  • Bald of Awesome: Aside from the beard. In the flashback scenes, he has a mohawk, though.
  • The Big Guy: Big for a dwarf, at least, and is the most battle-ready.
  • Character Tics: Folding his arms over his war-hammer, which he does literally every time he's resting.
  • Every One Has Standards: He's the most loyal member of the company, but even he found Thorin's greed too much after they reclaimed Erebor.
  • Hates Being Touched: Shows shades of this in The Desolation of Smaug. On two separate occasions, he threatens someone about to touch him. However, since the two potential offenders were Bard and Bard's son, one might surmise that Dwalin only objects to being touched by humans. Of course, in both situations he was in a rather embarrassing position (being in a fish barrel at one point, and a toilet the next), and was possibly trying to save face.
  • Headbutt of Love: He and his brother Balin affectionately smash heads when they meet up at Bag End.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Thorin. They are said to have an especially close relationship, growing up together and sharing the bitter air of exile while fighting their way through numerous hordes of goblins and orcs. He even remains "Thorin's staunchest supporter" with a fierce and unbending loyalty and has been more like a brother than a distant kin.
  • I Call It "Vera": According to Graham McTavish, Dwalin's the kind of guy who'd name his weapons.
  • Knuckle Tattoos: Written in Khuzdul. He also has head tattoos.
  • Man Hug: He and Balin share a couple.
  • Manly Tears: Sheds some after the Battle of Azanulbizar.
  • Multi-Melee Master: He is seen wielding twin axes, a warhammer, a pair of knuckle dusters, and a knife.
  • Old Soldier: One of the oldest in the Company, and also one of the most aggressive fighters.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When even he is calling Thorin out, you know things are bad.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Balin's blue.
  • Saved by Canon: He is mentioned by Gimli to be alive and well in the boof of The Fellowship of the Ring.
  • Undying Loyalty: Out of all the dwarves, Dwalin is the most loyal to Thorin; he saves his life twice in An Unexpected Journey (once during the first Warg attack, once during the thunder battle), gets highly offended when the Master of Laketown fails to show Thorin the proper respect, and they are seen fighting or planning together multiple times throughout both movies.
  • Violent Glaswegian: Has a Scottish accent, and is always up for a fight.
  • Weapon of Choice:
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's never stated in the Lord of the Rings if he died or not. In the books, Dwalin's noted to have lived to 340, making him the longest lived member of the Company.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In The Battle of the Five Armies, he calls Thorin out on his greed and refusing to help those outside. He even appears to start crying as he tried to tell Thorin what he's doing.


"My place is with the wounded."

Portrayed By: John Callen

"You're going to have to speak up. Your boy's flattened my trumpet."

One of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. He is the older brother of Glóin and the uncle of Gimli.

  • Astrologer: Glóin makes reference to Óin "reading portents" pertaining to their quest.
  • Combat Medic: He's a chemist, a DIY surgeon, and Word of God claims that he serves as a midwife during dwarven births. He even oversaw the birth of his own nephew, Gimli.
    • Óin is shown to take this role very seriously, and he willingly stays behind with an injured Kíli while the rest of the Company marches on the Lonely Mountain. He states that his place is always with his patient.
  • Badass Bookworm: See Astrology, Combat Medic, and Weapon of Choice entrees for more info.
  • Ear Trumpet: Sadly, it ends up getting smashed by some goblins in the first film. He's fixed it by the end of the second, though.
  • Handicapped Badass: He may be deaf, but that doesn't make him any less badass.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: The filmmakers have theorised (either as a result of their casting him as a medic or as inspiration for giving him that role) that he coined the word 'ointment.'


"What is he saying? Does he offer us insults?!"

Portrayed By: Peter Hambleton

"Herein lies the seventh kingdom of Durin's folk. May the Heart of the Mountain unite all Dwarves in defense of this home."

One of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. He is the brother of Óin and the father of Gimli.

  • Ancestral Weapon: He wields the same axes as Gimli, apparently passing them down to his son. It's revealed that Glóin's father, Gróin, had these in his possession as well.
  • Call-Forward: During the Battle of The Five Armies, he starts wearing an identical helmet to the one his son will wear.
  • Fatal Family Photo: One of the rare aversions, actually.
  • Fiery Red Head: In The Hobbit films, much like his son, Gimli. However, Glóin's later portrayed as having gone completely white/grey at the Council of Elrond in The Fellowship of the Ring.
  • A Friend in Need: It's Glóin who represents the Erebor dwarves at the Council of Elrond, which revolves around the One Ring and the Baggins who have carried it. While Glóin himself was a companion and friend to Bilbo, Gimli also becomes the same to Bilbo's nephew, Frodo.
  • Miser Advisor: Not willing to part with his money unless there's a very good reason. Glóin initially did not want to contribute his share to paying Bard for supplies and safe passage, but then he saw the Lonely Mountain...
    Glóin: I have been bled DRY!
  • My Girl Back Home: He's one of the few married dwarves, and carries a miniature of his wife with him at all times.
  • Only in It for the Money: Ultimately subverted in the second movie. He grumbles at the thought of parting with more of his money to pay Bard for safe passage, complaining that the adventure has bled him dry already, but when he finally sees the mountain he does a complete 180 and all but throws all his remaining gold away to get there faster.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: He's the most prototypical Dwarf in the Company: a stout, truculent, gold-loving guy with an axe and an impressive beard.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To his son, Gimli.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: According to dwarven standards, his wife is a renowned beauty, with a particularly impressive and fine beard. We actually see a picture of her in the second film. However, you could also hardly tell her apart from their son, Gimli.
  • Weapon of Choice: An Axe to Grind, see Ancestral Weapon above.


"Excuse me, Mister Gandalf, may I tempt you with a cup of camomile?"

Portrayed By: Mark Hadlow

"Come away from there! It's not natural, none of it. It's obvious, he's under some dark spell."

One of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. He is the older brother of Ori and Nori.

  • Adaptation Personality Change: Dori in the book was one of the dwarves to have a distinct personality; being a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who grouched and complained a lot but was helpful and reliable in a pinch. In the movie, he's much more positive, a bit of a dandy and a tremendous mother hen, especially towards Ori.
  • Big Brother Instinct/My Beloved Smother: Dori has shades of this, particularly towards Ori.
  • Camp Straight/Real Dwarves Wear Pink: He and Ori have rather "effeminate" mannerisms. Of course, this is by dwarven standards, so it can be taken with a grain of salt. Also, he's trying hard to come off as a Cultured Warrior (see below).
  • Cultured Warrior: He enjoys a pot of camomile tea, and is apparently something of a wine connoisseur, advising Gandalf of a "fruity bouquet" before passing him a glass of red. According to the costume team, he was deliberately given the most elaborately braided hair to reflect his rather more fastidious, cultured nature. The root cause of this is his Nouveau Riche status (see below).
  • Genius Bruiser: Word of God states that despite being a persnickety dandy by dwarven standards, Dori is actually the strongest in terms of strength in the Company.
  • Lethal Chef: The other dwarves apparently dread his cooking.
  • Nouveau Riche: The production team settled on this as one of the major characteristics of Dori and his brothers. The higher-ranking dwarves are close relatives of Thorin and the royal line of Durin (Balin, Dwalin, Glóin, and Óin are his third cousins). Dori and his brothers are of the line of Durin but from a minor branch only distantly related to Thorin (so distant that they do not appear on the short family tree that Tolkien provided). They are the proverbial poor country cousins compared to Thorin's close relatives who were princes, lords, and captains — though they are still prosperous merchants. So, as they explain in the behind-the-scenes videos, the idea they came up with is that Dori is overcompensating, trying to show off how cultured he is (displaying knowledge of wine and camomile tea) in an attempt to appear more equal to their more highly ranking relatives like Thorin and Balin.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: He's much more responsible and law-abiding than his middle brother.
  • Team Mom: A male example, at least as far as Ori is concerned.
  • Weapon of Choice: His bolas and swords, and later a mace and shield.


"They were just a couple of keepsakes!"

Portrayed By: Jed Brophy

"Be quiet! I can't hear when you're thumping! It should be right..."

One of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. He is the middle brother of Dori and Ori.

  • Artful Dodger: Many of the Erebor dwarves who were young at the time of Smaug's attack probably fell into this category, but Nori still lives up to it during the first film.
  • Casting Gag: Brophy and Jackson go way back, and he had played several orcs, an elf, and a man in The Lord of the Rings. His young son, Sadwyn Brophy, also played Eldarion, the yet-unborn son of Aragorn and Arwen.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: In the film, Nori sports a striking tri-lobed bouffant with his long eyebrows braided into it.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: He's noted as being the polar opposite of Dori and Ori and rarely sees eye-to-eye with them.
  • Sticky Fingers: In keeping with his shady persona, Nori can be seen stealing silverware, candles, and various other fancy things while in Rivendell. He's later busted when the goblins rip apart their packs, both Dori and Dwalin giving him withering glares of disbelief.
  • Weapon of Choice:
  • Wild Card: He's the most elusive member of the Company, but he genuinely cares for his brothers and can generally be trusted to do the right thing in the end. What Nori does leading up to that, though, can be quite dodgy or outright illegal at times.


"I'm not afraid! I'm up for it! I'll give him the taste of the Dwarvish iron right up his jacksie!"

Portrayed By: Adam Brown

"Excuse me, I'm sorry to interrupt. But what should do with my plate?"

One of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. He is the younger brother of Dori and Nori.

  • Adorkable: Like Bilbo, he's well-mannered, nerdy, and prefers books over adventure in his daily life.
  • Apocalyptic Log: The Fellowship finds it years later.
  • Badass Bookworm: Becomes one later, during Balin's expedition to Khazad-dûm, where he serves as the expedition's chief chronicler and one of Balin's captains.
  • Camp Straight/Real Dwarves Wear Pink: He and Dori have rather "effeminate" mannerisms.
  • Doomed by Canon/Saved by Canon: He can't die in this trilogy... because he's killed by orcs during the attempt to retake Khazad-dûm in between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He and some of the other colonists live long enough to bury Balin properly, and his corpse is the one in Balin's tomb that Gandalf takes the book from.
  • Drop the Hammer: When he uses Dwalin's hammer in the Misty Mountains.
  • Geek Physique: He's quite skinny for a dwarf.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: As a skeleton in Moria in Fellowship.
  • Future Badass: Is one of the last surviving dwarves of Balin's expedition to Khazad-dûm, which automatically makes him a badass. In one of the flashback missions in The Lord of the Rings Online, you play as Ori, who wields a massive two-handed axe, is nearly unkillable, and can destroy hordes of orcs single-handed (literally, because he wields the two-hander in one hand).
  • Manchild: Dori even treats him as such.
  • Oh, Crap!: His expression when the Great Goblin orders his cronies to kill the dwarves "starting with the youngest".
    • And when a warg shrugs off a hit from his slingshot.
  • One-Handed Zweihänder: In LOTRO, Ori uses a giant two-headed battleaxe in one hand.
  • Picky Eater: He doesn't like green food.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With his two brothers.
  • The Smart Guy: Ori is a talented artist, and can often be found drawing and writing in his journal. It is Ori who chronicles much of the journey through The Wild to the shores of the Long Lake and the slopes of The Lonely Mountain.
  • Weapon of Choice: He wields a slingshot and a knife at first, but will later grow to wield a hug axe.



Portrayed By: William Kircher

One of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. He is the older cousin of Bofur and Bombur.

  • Amusing Injuries: He has a chunk of axe sticking out of his head.
  • Best Served Cold: While not explicitly canon, Kircher's personal theory is that he's searching for the Orc who put the ax in his head so he can Return To Sender.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: He's the short one.
  • Handicapped Badass: In spite of his brain damage, he is still an equally capable fighter, and is mentioned to face down charging boars.
    Óin: He's got an injury.
    Bilbo: You mean the axe in his head?
    [Óin picks up ear-trumpet, mishearing Bilbo's last word]
    Óin: Dead? No, only between his ears. His legs work fine.
  • Hidden Depths: Kircher said that one of the things he's most interested in with playing Bifur is that his head injury has made him a bit erratic and at times he can have bursts of angry behavior, but he is also a toymaker, and hand-makes beautiful, delicate creations. Bifur is seen in one video with an intricate hand-carved bird whose wings actually flap when you pull on strings.
  • The Unintelligible: Possibly due to his head injury, Bifur only speaks in Ancient Khuzdul (Dwarvish). Only Gandalf can understand exactly what he says since the other dwarves only understand a more modern form of the language.
    • Bifur also appears to communicate through Iglishmêk, which is the dwarven version of sign language that all dwarves learn simultaneously with Khuzdul in early childhood.
    • He gets one line of intelligible English in The Battle of the Five Armies after the axe in his head is removed and Bombur offers it back to him.
  • Weapon of Choice
  • Working-Class Hero: Like his cousins, he's not descended from Durin or any other noble line. His actual occupation is a toy-maker.


"I wish you all the luck in the world."

Portrayed By: James Nesbitt

"Oh, did you hear that, lads? He says we'll blunt the knives!"

One of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. He is the brother of Bombur and the younger cousin of Bifur.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He is noticeably thin and has well-groomed facial hair for a dwarf, probably due to his larger role requiring more human facial expressions.
  • Ascended Extra: In the novel, most of the dwarves were pretty generic and Bofur was no exception. In the first movie, his actor is billed ahead of Ken Stott's Balin (the best characterized dwarf in the novel after Thorin).
  • Big Brother Instinct: He's very upset when Bilbo tries to leave the Company and can be seen pushing Bilbo towards the center of the group during dangerous situations.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: He's the thin one.
  • Deadpan Snarker: At times, he matches Bilbo's Deadpan Snarker with rather witty comments.
  • Double Entendre: Bofur's comment about croquet being a fun game "if you've got the balls for it."
  • Fun Personified: As the movies' Plucky Comic Relief, he not only gets a huge number of funny lines but is also quite the party lion.
  • Gallows Humor: Bofur's stock in trade (though whether he means it to be humorous, or is simply incredibly blunt, is still unclear).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When Bilbo is ready to leave, he sympathizes with Bilbo on his desire to return home.
  • Missed the Call: He drinks himself into a coma at Laketown, and oversleeps past the other dwarves leaving for Erebor.
  • Nice Hat: Its floppy ears match Bofur's own braided pigtails.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Suffers from this from time to time; he's pretty good at saying the exact wrong thing at the exact wrong time.
  • Tempting Fate: After the harrowing descent in Goblin-town:
    Bofur: Well, that could have been worse.
    [The Great Goblin's corpse falls on the Dwarves]
    Dwalin: You've got to be joking!
  • Troll: If someone's going to screw with the other members of the Company, it's probably going to be Bofur.
    Bofur: Think furnace...with wings. Flash of light, searing pain, then poof, you're nothing more than a pile of ash.
  • Weapon of Choice: He wields a mattock that has a hammer on one side and an adze on the other.
  • Working-Class Hero: Like his brother and cousin, he's not descended from Durin or any other noble line. Although originally a miner in Erebor, Bofur now works as a toy-maker alongside his older cousin.


"I'm always last and I don't like it. It's somebody else's turn today."

Portrayed By: Stephen Hunter

One of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. He is the brother of Bofur and the younger cousin of Bifur.

  • Acrofatic: Bombur may be grossly overweight, but he uses it to good effect when fighting and can keep up with the other dwarves when it's time to run.
    • When chased by Beorn, he's shown to outrun most of the Dwarves despite starting at the rear.
  • Big Eater: When Bilbo sees him taking three cheeses from his pantry, we get this line from Bofur.
    Bofur: Cheese knife? He eats it by the block!
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: He's the big one out of his relatives.
  • Butt-Monkey: Tends to be the butt of the other dwarves' jokes, though he is by no means the Chew Toy that his book counterpart is.
  • Demoted to Extra: Unlike in the book, where he was one of the few dwarves to have a unique personality, he has relatively little screentime and almost no lines.
  • Fat Comic Relief: His main role in the films.
  • The Casanova: All There in the Manual. He's surprisingly successful with the ladies and has fourteen children.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite his role as the comic relief, Bombur is seen to be an incredibly improvising fighter and frequently hurls himself into the fray with reckless abandon, using his weight to his advantage. See the Acrofatic and Stout Strength entries for more info.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means "fat" in Old Norse.
  • Stout Strength:
    • During the escape from the goblins, Bombur can be seen barely slowing down as several goblins climb on him. He then power-bombs them all by using his weight to smash down to a lower gantry. He may not be very fast, but clearly it takes a lot to stop him once he gets moving.
    • In the second film, while escaping from the Wood Elves, Bombur's barrel gets knocked out of the river and bounces all the way down the bank before coming to a stop in the middle of an orc group. Bombur's response? Burst his arms and legs out of the barrel's sides, grab an orc weapon in each hand, and fight his way out like a tornado, all the while wearing the barrel as a makeshift suit of armor.
  • Team Chef: The studio released the following statement about him: "Brother to Bofur and cousin to Bifur, Bombur is the chief cook amongst The Company".
  • The Voiceless: He speaks only one word in the entire theatrical edition of the trilogy. (He gets at least one more line in the extended cut of The Battle of the Five Armies). The closest he gets otherwise is noises made while exerting himself (and some muffled screams when about to be eaten by spiders). This is apparently due to shyness and constantly having food in his mouth.
  • Weapon of Choice
    • Frying Pan of Doom: A soup ladle. It looks about as heavy as a frying pan, too.
    • Knife Nut: A meat cleaver, specifically.
    • Fork Fencing: He also has a large skewer.
    • Chain Pain: It's been revealed that he can use his beard as a garrote to draw enemies in against his stomach to dispatch them.
    • Epic Flail: In the third film, he is seen wielding a huge flail that he flings around like a wrecking ball he himself already is.
  • Working-Class Hero: Like his brother and cousin, he's not descended from Durin or any other noble line. Hunter says he's an architect and engineer by trade.

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