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Bard I (lived in the late Third Age) of Lake-town was one of the most skilled archers among Men and the heir of Girion, the last king of old Dale. Bard was able to slay the dragon Smaug with a single arrow after a tip from the old thrush (who had overheard Bilbo Baggins' description of Smaug) revealed an unarmoured spot on the dragon's underside. Because of his miraculous shot he was given the epithet Bard 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, but the Master stole the money and ran off into the wild where he died. After its rebuilding, Bard was the first king of restored Dale, followed by his son Bain, grandson Brand, and great-grandson Bard II.

Preceded by:
Girion, 170 years earlier
Kings of Dale Followed by: