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'''Bofur''' most likely lived in the [[Blue Mountains]] with [[Thorin]] after the loss of [[Thráin II]].<ref name="Durin">{{App|Durin}}</ref>  Bofur was one of the thirteen [[Dwarves]] of [[Thorin and Company|Thorin's company]] who journeyed to [[Erebor]] to challenge the [[Dragons|dragon]] [[Smaug]].  After the death of Smaug, Bofur lived at the Lonely Mountain.<ref name="Meetings">{{FR|II1}}</ref>
'''Bofur''' was one of the companions of [[Thorin]] during the [[Quest of Erebor]].
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==History==
 
==History==
Bofur was the brother of [[Bombur]] and a cousin of [[Bifur]]. He later fought and survived the [[Battle of Five Armies]], and made his dwelling in [[Erebor]].
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Bofur's parentage is unknown.  He was not of Durin's line although he was descended from Dwarves of [[Moria]].<ref name="Durin"/>  His birth year is also unknown.  However, from [[Bilbo Baggins]]' account of the quest to Erebor it is known that the brothers [[Fíli]] and [[Kíli]] were the youngest of the thirteen "by some fifty years"<ref name="Hill">{{H|Hill}}</ref> and that after Thorin had been captured, [[Balin]] was "the eldest left".<ref>{{H|Barrels}}</ref>  Since Fíli was born in {{TA|2859}} and Balin was born in {{TA|2763|n}},<ref name="Durin"/> this would put Bofur's birth between {{TA|2809|n}} and {{TA|2763|n}}, and he would have been between 132 and 178 years old during the quest to Erebor.
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===The Quest of Erebor===
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In {{TA|2941}}, Bofur was one of the four Dwarves in the fifth group to arrive at [[Bag End]], wearing a yellow hood.  He asked for mince pies and cheese.  During the evening when Thorin called for music, Bofur (along with [[Bifur]]) played a clarinet.<ref>{{H|Party}}</ref>
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In the wolves' glade Bofur shared a pine tree with Bifur, [[Bombur]], and Thorin.<ref>{{H|Pan}}</ref>
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When [[Gandalf]] was telling the story of the company's adventures to [[Beorn]], Bofur, Bifur, and Bombur were the last of the Dwarves to show up.<ref>{{H|Queer}}</ref>
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After the barrel ride down the [[River Running]] both Bofur and Bifur came out fairly dry and not very knocked about, but they lay down and refused to do anything.<ref>{{H|Welcome}}</ref>
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Bofur 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.<ref>{{H|Return}}</ref>
  
Bofur was a descendent of [[Dwarves of Khazad-dûm]], but was not of [[Durin's folk | Durin's line]].  
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===Later Life===
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At [[Rivendell]] in {{TA|3019}}, [[Glóin]] told [[Frodo Baggins]] that Bofur was still alive and living in Erebor.<ref name="Meetings"/>
  
 
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Bofur
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Physical Description
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Bofur most likely lived in the Blue Mountains with Thorin after the loss of Thráin II.[1] Bofur was one of the thirteen Dwarves of Thorin's company who journeyed to Erebor to challenge the dragon Smaug. After the death of Smaug, Bofur lived at the Lonely Mountain.[2]

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History

Bofur's parentage is unknown. He was not of Durin's line although he was descended from Dwarves of Moria.[1] His birth year is also unknown. However, from Bilbo Baggins' account of the quest to Erebor it is known that the brothers Fíli and Kíli were the youngest of the thirteen "by some fifty years"[3] and that after Thorin had been captured, Balin was "the eldest left".[4] Since Fíli was born in T.A. 2859 and Balin was born in 2763,[1] this would put Bofur's birth between 2809 and 2763, and he would have been between 132 and 178 years old during the quest to Erebor.

The Quest of Erebor

In T.A. 2941, Bofur was one of the four Dwarves in the fifth group to arrive at Bag End, wearing a yellow hood. He asked for mince pies and cheese. During the evening when Thorin called for music, Bofur (along with Bifur) played a clarinet.[5]

In the wolves' glade Bofur shared a pine tree with Bifur, Bombur, and Thorin.[6]

When Gandalf was telling the story of the company's adventures to Beorn, Bofur, Bifur, and Bombur were the last of the Dwarves to show up.[7]

After the barrel ride down the River Running both Bofur and Bifur came out fairly dry and not very knocked about, but they lay down and refused to do anything.[8]

Bofur 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.[9]

Later Life

At Rivendell in T.A. 3019, Glóin told Frodo Baggins that Bofur was still alive and living in Erebor.[2]

Etymology

The name Bǫvurr appears in the Dvergatal. Its meaning is unknown.[10]

Other versions of the Legendarium

In Tolkien's unfinished 1960 rewrite of The Hobbit, Bifur,Bofur and Bombur were Thorin's attendants.[11] John D. Rateliff assumes this made them either courtiers or honor-guard.[12]

Portrayal in Adaptations

1966: The Hobbit (1966 film):

Bofur is omitted. Thorin Oakenshield only travels with an unnamed guard and the princess of Dale.[13]

1968: The Hobbit (1968 radio series):

Bofur is played by Denis McCarthy.

1977: The Hobbit (1977 film):

No actor is specified for the role of Bofur.

1979: The Hobbit (1979 radio series):

No actor is specified for the role of Bofur.

1982: The Hobbit (1982 video game):

Bofur is omitted; Thorin is the only companion of the player, Bilbo Baggins.[14]

2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):

No actor is credited for the role of Bofur.

2012-3: The Hobbit films:

Bofur will be played by James Nesbitt.[15]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Many Meetings"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Over Hill and Under Hill"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Barrels Out of Bond"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Queer Lodgings"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "A Warm Welcome"
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Return Journey"
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. "The Hobbit.mp4" dated 05 January 2012, YouTube (accessed 10 January 2012)
  14. ZX Computing, 8304 (April/May 1983), p. 76, accessed April 24 2011
  15. Peter Jackson, "Production begins in New Zealand on The Hobbit" dated 20 March 2011, Facebook (accessed 23 December 2011)


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