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Dwalin
Dwarf
Family
ParentageFundin
Physical Description
GenderMale

Dwalin was a Dwarf of the Blue Mountains and later Erebor. He was the son of Fundin and younger brother of Balin. He was one of Thorin and Company.

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History

King Thráin's Expedition

Dwalin accompanied King Thráin II with a few others including his brother Balin, on the king's attempt to reclaim Erebor; but the king wandered off one night at the eves of Mirkwood and his company looked everywhere for him but they did not know that he was captured by the servants of Sauron and taken to the dungeons of Dol Guldur. So the company headed back to the northern Ered Luin; where Thráin had previously established a new kingdom and was now ruled by his son Thorin.

Quest of Erebor

Decades after Thráin's disappearance, Thorin and his people were doing well in their new home, but ever they remembered Erebor, and their treasure. When the king -by the advise of the wizard Gandalf- decided to reclaim Erebor, he called together a small company of his kin and followers to join him. Dwalin was one of these. Along with Balin, Dwalin set off with eleven other Dwarves and one Hobbit to the Lonely mountain of Erebor.

Dwalin supposedly died in Fourth Age 91 at the age of 340, very old even for a Dwarf.

Genealogy

Dwalin was of Durin's line.[1]

 
 
 
 
 
 
Farin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fundin
 
 
 
 
 
Gróin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balin
 
DWALIN
 
Óin
 
Glóin


Etymology

In Norse mythology, Dvalinn is a chief Dwarf.[2] The origin of the name is uncertain; suggested etymologies are "one lying in a trance",[3] "numb" and "dawdler".[4] Both words, dvalen ("to sleep")dvelja ("to delay") derive from the same root.[5]

Portrayal in Adaptations

1968: The Hobbit (1968 radio series):

Lockwood West plays the role of Dwalin.

1977: The Hobbit (1977 film):

The part of Dwalin was voiced by Paul Frees. He does not have a blue beard, but a white one.

1979: The Hobbit (1979 radio series):

Carl Hague is uncredited as the voice of Dwalin.

1982: The Hobbit (1982 video game):

Dwalin is omitted; Thorin is the only companion of the player, Bilbo Baggins.[6]

2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):

Dwalin is a blue-bearded Dwarf, who is not seen in the game (other than cut-scenes) until Lake-town.

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Dwalin is a non-playable character who is king of Thorin's Hall. The player can find him sitting on a throne north of the gates into Thorin's Hall.

2012-3: The Hobbit films:

Dwalin will be played by Graham McTavish.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  2. Snorri Sturlusson, Edda, "Skaldskaparmal"
  3. Ruth S. Noel, The Languages of Tolkien's Middle-earth, page 32
  4. Henry A. Bellows (ed.), Völuspá, "Poetic Edda"
  5. 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
  6. ZX Computing, 8304 (April/May 1983), p. 76, accessed April 24 2011


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