- "... the spears that were made for the armies of the great King Bladorthin (long since dead), each had a thrice-forged head and their shafts were inlaid with cunning gold, but they were never delivered or paid for..."
- ― The Hobbit, Inside Information
Bladorthin was a king. He had ordered thrice-forged spears of superior quality for his soldiers from the Dwarves of Erebor. Bladorthin never received his weapons.
On the other hand his death was perhaps premature and it was this that prevented the trade.
Other Versions of the Legendarium
"Grey" here betrays a curious connection with Gandalf the Grey: in the early drafts of The Hobbit, Tolkien's name for Gandalf was Bladorthin. Despite this, in the published version the name survives in just the single sentence quoted above.