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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).
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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 already occupied by Goblins.[8] At first the colony did well, but 2994 Balin was killed, the Orcs returned, and took the East-gate. Óin went with a party to escape via the West-gate but he was killed by the Watcher in the Water. Soon thereafter all the remaining Dwarves of the colony were killed.[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. In fact, their fate was largely why the Dwarves had come to Rivendell at that time, to seek advice.[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

1966: The Hobbit (1966 film):

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

1968: The Hobbit (1968 radio series):

Óin is played by Rolf Lefebvre.

1977: The Hobbit (1977 film):

No actor is specified for the role of Óin.

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.[13]

2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):

No actor is credited for the role of Óin.

2012-3: The Hobbit films:

Óin will be played by John Callen.[14]


  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. ZX Computing, 8304 (April/May 1983), p. 76, accessed April 24 2011
  14. Peter Jackson, "Production begins in New Zealand on The Hobbit" dated 20 March 2011, Facebook (accessed 23 December 2011)
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