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"'Welcome and well met!' said the dwarf, turning towards him. Then he actually rose from his seat and bowed. 'Glóin, at your service,' he said, and bowed still lower."
The Fellowship of the Ring, Many Meetings

Glóin (T.A. 2783Fo.A. 15, aged 253 years), was a dwarf of Durin's folk, the son of Gróin, the brother of Óin, and the father of Gimli of the Fellowship of the Ring.[1] He is most famous as one of Thorin's companions on the quest to Erebor.




Glóin was likely born in Dunland, where the Dwarves of Durin's Line dwelt in exile[1] after their expulsion from Erebor by Smaug in T.A. 2770.[2] Glóin was present at the Battle of Azanulbizar,[1] which was odd because Dwarves were considered to be mere striplings in their thirties, yet at the time (2799[2]) Glóin was but 16. After the war Glóin returned to Dunland with the followers of Thorin, who then removed to the Ered Luin.[1]

Life in Thorin's halls

During Glóin's life in Ered Luin he saw the departure of King Thráin, who tried to go back to Erebor, but was captured and tortured for the Ring of Thrór, and subsequently died several years later. Under King Thorin, Glóin and the other Dwarves living in Thorin's Halls in the mountains became prosperous in a fashion and trafficked goods with other peoples, and gained what wealth they could. But ever they spoke of the Lonely Mountain.[1]

The Quest of Erebor

In 2941 Thorin happened to meet Gandalf the Wizard. From this meeting came Thorin's determination to return to the Lonely Mountain with a company of Dwarves, including Glóin, to seek revenge upon Smaug. Gandalf came to a conclave of the Dwarves after visiting the Shire (but before seeing Bilbo Baggins) to persuade them to take the hobbit with them. The Dwarves were skeptical, with Glóin calling them "simpletons" and claiming that one of them "would never dare to come within smelling distance of the nakedest dragonet new from the shell!"[3]

Glóin was the fifth Dwarf in the fourth group to arrive at Bag End for the Unexpected Party, and he came wearing a white hood. Glóin did not assist in setting the table nor did he bring a musical instrument out when Thorin called for music. After Bilbo had his fit of fright he overheard Glóin sneer that the hobbit looked "more like a grocer than a burglar" when he saw him "bobbing and puffing on the mat". This affronted Bilbo enough to make him agree to undertake the quest. Then, when Gandalf proclaimed that Bilbo was his choice he scowled at Glóin so fiercely that the dwarf huddled back in his chair.[4]

On their quest Glóin was quite useful, especially at making fires, although on the night the company met the trolls he and his brother failed to start one and began to fight.[5] On the night when the company came to the glade of the Wargs, Glóin secured a seat in a huge pine tree.[6] At Beorn's home Glóin and Óin were the fifth pair of Dwarves to appear as Gandalf spun their tale.[7] And when released from his barrel near Esgaroth Glóin was one of the Dwarves who was waterlogged and seemed but half alive, and needed to be carried ashore.[8]

Glóin fought in and survived the Battle of Five Armies. He was given his share of the treasure by Dáin Ironfoot, who became King after Thorin's death. Glóin settled in the Lonely Mountain.[9]

War of the Ring

In October T.A. 3018[10] Glóin and his son Gimli were sent by Dáin Ironfoot to Rivendell to seek advice. When Frodo Baggins recovered from his wounds and attended the feast, it was Glóin who sat next to him and gave him the news from Erebor and surrounding lands since the time of Bilbo.[11] Later, at the Council of Elrond, Glóin spoke of the shadow that had fallen upon his people and of the sinister messenger from Mordor who had come to inquire about Hobbits and where they dwelt.[12] Glóin's greatest contribution to the War of the Ring was his son Gimli, who joined the Fellowship of the Ring.[13]

It is possible that Glóin fought in the Battle of Dale during the War of the Ring, for he lived until Fo.A. 15.[1]


Glóinn is a dwarf in the Dvergatal. The name means "Glowing one".[14]



Other versions of the legendarium

In both the early manuscript of The Hobbit and in the published version, Glóin had heard of Bilbo's great-great-great-grand-uncle Bullroarer Took, who accidentally invented the game of Golf. However, only in the early manuscript it was mentioned that Glóin was very fond of golf.[15]

Portrayal in adaptations

Glóin in adaptations
Glóin in The Hobbit films  


1966: The Hobbit (1966 film):

Glóin is omitted. Thorin Oakenshield only travels with an unnamed guard and the princess of Dale.[16]

1977: The Hobbit (1977 film):

Glóin is one of the minor Dwarves, voiced by Jack DeLeon. Like in the book, he has little lines other than the usual grunts. He is one of the Dwarves who survives the Battle of Five Armies.

1978: The Lord of the Rings (1978 film):

Glóin is not present; his role at the council has been taken by Gimli.

2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring:

On a Decipher Card, Glóin is identified as the white-haired Dwarf that enters Rivendell with Gimli, but he is not present at the Council of Elrond.

2012-4: The Hobbit films:

Glóin will be played by Peter Hambleton.[17]

Radio series

1955: The Lord of the Rings (1956 radio series):

Glóin was present in the very first adaptation, but no actor was specified. He was, according to J.R.R. Tolkien, "someone's idea of a German". Tolkien thought he was not too bad, though a bit exaggerated.

1968: The Hobbit (1968 radio series):

Peter Baldwin plays Glóin.

1981: The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series):

Glóin is not present; his role at the council has been taken by Gimli.


1982: The Hobbit (1982 video game):

Glóin is omitted; Thorin is the only companion of the player, Bilbo Baggins.[18]

2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):

Glóin is voiced by an unspecified actor; he is portrayed as an intelligent dwarf with a black beard. He mentions his son Gimli, and how Bilbo reminds him of his son.

2006: The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II:

Glóin is a major character. Still present in Rivendell after the Council of Elrond, he teams up with Glorfindel on a campaign throughout Eriador and Rhovanion. He is a fierce dwarf with a reddish brown beard.

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Glóin is a non-playable character who established a camp just north of Rivendell in the Misty Mountains in an attempt to keep Goblins and Dourhands from attacking the Elven city.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 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, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Quest of Erebor", Extracts from the earlier version
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Roast Mutton"
  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. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
  11. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Many Meetings"
  12. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"
  13. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Ring Goes South"
  14. 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
  15. J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, Mr. Baggins, The First Phase, "The Bladorthin Typescript", p. 40
  16. "The Hobbit.mp4" dated 5 January 2012, YouTube (accessed 10 January 2012)
  17. Peter Jackson, "Production begins in New Zealand on The Hobbit" dated 20 March 2011, Facebook (accessed 23 December 2011)
  18. ZX Computing, 8304 (April/May 1983), p. 76 <> [accessed 24 March 2011]
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