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- "Arrow! Black arrow! I have saved you to the last. You have never failed me and always I have recovered you. I had you from my father and he from of old. If ever you came from the forges of the true king under the Mountain, go now and speed well!"
- ― Bard
Bard served as a soldier in Lake-town, and was one of the most skilled archers among Men. He was the heir of Girion, the last lord of Dale. Noted for his grim face and spirit, he was an able archer and considered his Black Arrow lucky and always used it last.
Bard organized the defense of the town when the Dragon Smaug attacked when the old thrush (who had overheard Bilbo Baggins' description of Smaug) revealed an unarmoured spot on the Dragon's underside; with this information, he shot the dragon's heart with the Black Arrow. Because of his miraculous shot he was given the epithet "the Bowman".
Bard claimed a twelfth of the treasure amassed by the dragon, which he subsequently shared with the Master of Lake-town to rebuild the town. However, the Master stole the money and ran off into the wild where he died. Four years later, after the rebuilding of the city, Bard became the first King of restored Dale as a wise and able ruler.
He was succeeded by his son, Bard II.
As a Lake-man, Bard's name was in the language of Dale, which is represented by Old Norse in the book. In other Germanic names (such as Isembard), bard refers to beard. This could be either the facial hair, or more likely "Battle-Axe" (beard is also a term for a part of an axe).
Portrayal in Adaptations
- Bard is played by Peter Williams.
1977: The Hobbit (1977 film):
- Bard's voice is provided by John Stephenson.
- No actor is specified for the role of Bard.
2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):
- No actor is credited for the part of Bard, but it appears to be André Sogliuzzo. He is portrayed as the Captain of the guard, a stout black haired man with a full beard. Bilbo helps him retrieve the Black Arrow and stop a gang of Orcs and men from taking over Laketown.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Fire and Water"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "On Translation"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 144, (dated 25 April 1954)
- ↑ Robert Ireland, Lord of the Rings Dictionary, A - C
- ↑ Ruth S. Noel, The Languages of Tolkien's Middle-earth, "The Languages of Rhovanion"
Heir of Girion, Lord of Dale
|King of Dale|
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