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:Bifur is played by [[Brian Haines]].
:Bifur is played by [[Brian Haines]].

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Physical Description
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Bifur was a companion to Bilbo Baggins and Thorin on the Quest of Erebor. He arrived at Bag End in the company of his cousins Bofur and Bombur. He fought and survived the Battle of Five Armies.


Bifur was a descendent of Dwarves of Khazad-dûm, but was not of Durin's line.


The name of Bívurr originates in the Dvergatal. It is of Old Frisian origin, meaning "Beaver" or, by extension, "Hard Worker".[1]

Other versions of the Legendarium

In Tolkien's unfinished 1960 rewrite of The Hobbit, Bifur,Bofur and Bombur were Thorin's attendants.[2] John D. Rateliff assumes this made them either courtiers or honor-guard.[3]

Portrayal in Adaptations

1968: The Hobbit (1968 radio series):
Bifur is played by Brian Haines.

1977: The Hobbit (1977 film):

No actor is specified for the role of Bifur.

1979: The Hobbit (1979 radio series):

No actor is specified for the role of Bifur.

1982: The Hobbit (1982 video game):

Bifur is omitted; Thorin is the only companion of the player, Bilbo Baggins.[4]

2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):

No actor is credited for the role of Bifur.

2012-3: The Hobbit films:

Bifur will be played by William Kircher.


  1. 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
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, Return to Bag-End, "The Fifth Phase", "A Well-Planned Party", p. 774
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, Return to Bag-End, "The Fifth Phase", "Arrival in Rivendell", note 32
  4. ZX Computing, 8304 (April/May 1983), p. 76, accessed April 24 2011
Members of Thorin and Company
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