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This article is about the Dwarf in The Hobbit. For the the King of Durin's Folk, see Óin (King of Durin's Folk).
Angelo Montanini - Oin.jpg
Biographical Information
LocationThorin's Halls, Erebor, Khazad-dûm
BirthT.A. 2774
DeathT.A. 2994
HouseDurin's line
Physical Description
ClothingBrown hood
GalleryImages of Óin

Óin (T.A. 2774 - 2994,[1] 223 years old) was one of the Dwarves of Thorin's company who set out to reclaim Erebor from Smaug. Later, he followed Balin in an ill-fated attempt to retake Moria.



Óin was the son of Gróin and older brother of Glóin, both of the House of Durin.[1]

The Quest of Erebor

Óin was one of the five Dwarves in the fourth group to arrive at Bag End. He wore a brown hood.[2]

Óin and Glóin were noted for their ability to start fires, although both failed on the night that the company met the trolls. In their frustration they began to quarrel and eventually to fight, which was the incident that prompted the company to head for the fire seen far off on a hill.[3]

In the glade where the wolves came to gather, Óin was one of five Dwarves who climbed up to fairly comfortable seats in a huge pine tree.[4]

When Gandalf was telling the story of the company's adventures to Beorn, Óin and Glóin were the fifth pair of Dwarves to show up.[5]

Óin fought in and survived the Battle of Five Armies. He was given his share of the treasure by Dáin Ironfoot, and made his home in Erebor.[6]

Expedition to Moria

In T.A. 2989[7] Óin had followed Balin with a colony of Dwarves in an attempt to reclaim their ancient mansions of Khazad-dûm, which were occupied by Orcs.[8] At first the colony did well, but on November 10, 2994 Balin was killed, and the Orcs returned. They took the East-gate/First Hall then the Second Hall after a fierce battle which Óin likely fought in. Óin went with a party to find escape via the West-gate but they found the water up to the doors and he was killed by the Watcher in the Water. Of his party only four returned five days after they had left, and soon thereafter all the remaining colonists were killed in a final stand in the Chamber of Mazarbul.[9]

When Frodo Baggins came to Rivendell he met Glóin, who delighted in telling the hobbit about the doings of the renewed dwarf-kingdom in the Lonely Mountain. But when Frodo asked about Óin, Balin, and Ori, Glóin's face darkened and he said that he did not know. Their fate was largely why the Dwarves had come to Rivendell at that time, to seek news from Elrond.[10]


2560 - 2803
2662 - 2799
2671 - 2923
2763 - 2994
2772 - Fo.A. 91
2774 - 2994
2783 - Fo.A. 15


Oinn is a dwarf from the Dvergatal. His name means "Shy".[11]

Portrayal in adaptations

Óin in adaptations
Óin in The Hobbit films  


1966: The Hobbit (1966 film):

Óin is omitted. Thorin Oakenshield only travels with an unnamed guard and the princess of Dale.[12]

1977: The Hobbit (1977 film):

No actor is specified for the role of Óin.

2012-4: The Hobbit films:

Óin will be played by John Callen.[13] A description of Óin in The Hobbit films was released by the studio:
Along with his brother Gloin, Oin is a distant cousin of Thorin Oakenshield. A brave Northern Dwarf, Oin joins The Company of Thorin Oakenshield out of a sense of loyalty to his kin, and also because he has a substantial sum of money invested in the venture. Well read with an enquiring mind, Oin is the healer among the Company, often applying an herbal salve of his own invention – which has since come to be known as ‘ointment’ after its maker.
Warner Bros.[14]

Radio series

1968: The Hobbit (1968 radio series):

Óin is played by Rolf Lefebvre.

1979: The Hobbit (1979 radio series):

No actor is specified for the role of Óin.


1982: The Hobbit (1982 video game):

Óin is omitted; Thorin is the only companion of the player, Bilbo Baggins.[15]

2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):

No actor is credited for the role of Óin.


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Roast Mutton"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Queer Lodgings"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Return Journey"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Bridge of Khazad-dûm"
  10. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Many Meetings"
  11. Chester Nathan Gould, "Dwarf-Names: A Study in Old Icelandic Religion", published in Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, Vol 44 (1929), issue #4, pp. 939-967
  12. "The Hobbit.mp4" dated 5 January 2012, YouTube (accessed 10 January 2012)
  13. Peter Jackson, "Production begins in New Zealand on The Hobbit" dated 20 March 2011, Facebook (accessed 23 December 2011)
  14. Warner Bros., "Hobbit Movies" dated 7 September 2012, Apple iPhone/iPad App (accessed 19 September 2012)
  15. ZX Computing, 8304 (April/May 1983), p. 76, accessed April 24 2011
Members of Thorin and Company
Thorin · Balin · Dwalin · Fíli · Kíli · Dori · Nori · Ori · Óin · Glóin · Bifur · Bofur · Bombur · Gandalf · Bilbo Baggins