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An old [[Wood-elf]] who served as butler in the Elvenking's halls in northeastern [[Mirkwood]], where he served King [[Thranduil]] (and presumably also Thranduil's son [[Legolas]]). It was Galion's love of wine that gave [[Bilbo]] a chance to free [[Thorin]] and his companions when they were imprisoned in Thranduil's halls during the [[Quest of Erebor]]. On a night of feasting, the butler drank deeply with his friend the captain of the guards: so deeply that both fell asleep. With the aid of the captain's keys and his [[One Ring|Magic Ring]], Bilbo was able to rescue the [[Dwarves]] and organise a daring waterborne escape.
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==History==
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Galion served King [[Thranduil]] (and presumably also Thranduil's son [[Legolas]]). One evening in {{TA|2941}}<ref>{{App|TA}}</ref> Galion and the captain of the guards decided to taste some new wine that had recently arrived to "see if it is fit for the king's table".  The heady vintage from [[Dorwinion]] soon put the two Elves asleep, which gave [[Bilbo Baggins]] his chance to free [[Thorin]] and [[Thorin and Company|the other Dwarves]] (who had been imprisoned in Thranduil's dungeons during the [[Quest of Erebor]]).  Using the captain's keys and his [[The One Ring|Magic Ring]], Bilbo freed the [[Dwarves]] and secreted them into several empty barrels.  When other Elves arrived to push the barrels in they found Galion and woke him up.  When the workers noted the heaviness of some of the "empty" barrels, Galion growled at them and ordered them to push the barrels into the water.<ref name=barrels/>
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==Etymology==
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The name ''Galion'' is said to be ''not'' [[Sindarin]], although perhaps "'Sindarized' in shape".<ref>{{PE|17}}, p. 54</ref><ref group=note>For a name given the same description, cf. ''[[Lake-town#Etymology|Esgaroth]]''.</ref>
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==Portrayal in adaptations==
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'''1968: [[The Hobbit (1968 radio series)|''The Hobbit'' (1968 radio series)]]:'''
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:[[Peter Baldwin]] provided the voice of Galion.
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'''2003: [[The Hobbit (2003 video game)|''The Hobbit'' (2003 video game)]]:'''
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:This video game depicts only Galion, and not the Captain of the Guard. The butler does not succumb to drunkenness, but because Bilbo puts three herbs - Moonleaf, Willowweed and Spider's Bane - in his mug. This change was possibly made to ensure a more favourable [[wikipedia:Video game content rating system|game rating]].
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Galion
Nando
Biographical Information
PositionButler
LocationThranduil's Halls, Woodland Realm
Physical Description
GenderMale
Galion was a Wood-elf who served as butler in Thranduil's halls in northeastern Mirkwood.[1]

History

Galion served King Thranduil (and presumably also Thranduil's son Legolas). One evening in T.A. 2941[2] Galion and the captain of the guards decided to taste some new wine that had recently arrived to "see if it is fit for the king's table". The heady vintage from Dorwinion soon put the two Elves asleep, which gave Bilbo Baggins his chance to free Thorin and the other Dwarves (who had been imprisoned in Thranduil's dungeons during the Quest of Erebor). Using the captain's keys and his Magic Ring, Bilbo freed the Dwarves and secreted them into several empty barrels. When other Elves arrived to push the barrels in they found Galion and woke him up. When the workers noted the heaviness of some of the "empty" barrels, Galion growled at them and ordered them to push the barrels into the water.[1]

Etymology

The name Galion is said to be not Sindarin, although perhaps "'Sindarized' in shape".[3][note 1]

Portrayal in adaptations

1968: The Hobbit (1968 radio series):

Peter Baldwin provided the voice of Galion.

2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):

This video game depicts only Galion, and not the Captain of the Guard. The butler does not succumb to drunkenness, but because Bilbo puts three herbs - Moonleaf, Willowweed and Spider's Bane - in his mug. This change was possibly made to ensure a more favourable game rating.

Notes

  1. For a name given the same description, cf. Esgaroth.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Barrels Out of Bond"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 54