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Dori

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Angelo Montanini's illustration of Dori.

Dori was a Dwarf of Durin's folk who lived in the northern Blue Mountains, and later the Lonely Mountain. He had two brothers named Nori, and Ori. They were remote kinsman of King Thorin Oakenshield. He wore a purple hood, and played the flute.

The Quest of Erebor

In T.A. 2941, Dori was one of twelve Dwarves selected to accompany Thorin Oakenshield on a quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the Dragon Smaug. Dori was the strongest of the thirteen Dwarves, and he was fond of food. And he was quite a decent fellow, according to Bilbo Baggins.

Dori was noteworthy for two incidents in the tale: Dori carried Bilbo in the tunnels of the Misty Mountains during the escape from the goblins, but unfortunately dropped him; the other Dwarves later blamed him for "losing their burglar."

Later, during the escape from the Wargs, Dori climbed down from a tree, which allowed Bilbo to scramble up the tree. Bilbo later grabbed Dori's legs as they were carried off by an eagle, saving them from a fire lit by Goblins.

Dori later 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.

Erebor, And the War of the Ring

Dori lived a very rich life after the quest as one of the reclaimers of the mountain. He was still alive during the War of the Ring, and may have fought in the Battle of Dale. His date of death is not known.

Etymology

Dòli is a dwarf from the Norse mythology and the name means 'Borer'

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Thorin · Balin · Dwalin · Fíli · Kíli · Dori · Nori · Ori · Óin · Glóin · Bifur · Bofur · Bombur · Gandalf · Bilbo Baggins