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Nori was one of Durin's folk and likely dwelt in the northern Blue Mountains with Thorin after the latter has settled there.[1] He was one of the thirteen Dwarves of Thorin's company who journeyed to Erebor to challenge the dragon Smaug. After the death of Smaug, Nori lived with his share of the treasure at the Lonely Mountain.[2]



Family and birth

Nori's parentage is unknown although he was a remote kinsman of Thorin and a member of the House of Durin.[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 Nori's birth between 2859 and 2763, and he would have been between 132 and 178 years old during the quest to Erebor. Nori (and Dori) shared Bilbo's opinion that meals should be plentiful and frequent.[5]

The Quest of Erebor

Nori was one of the five Dwarves in the fourth group to arrive at Bag End. He wore a purple hood. During the evening when Thorin called for music, Nori (along with Dori and Ori) played the flute.[6]

When Gandalf was telling the story of the company's adventures to Beorn, Nori and Ori were the second two Dwarves to show up.[7]

Nori 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.[8]

Later Life

Nori lived a wealthy life after the quest as one of the reclaimers of the mountain. He was still alive during the War of the Ring,[2] and may have fought in the Battle of Dale. His date of death is unknown.


Nóri is a dwarf from the Dvergatal. It most likely means "Little shaver, small bit of something".[9]

Portrayal in Adaptations

1966: The Hobbit (1966 film):

Nori is omitted. Thorin Oakenshield only travels with an unnamed guard and the princess of Dale.[10]

1968: The Hobbit (1968 radio series):

Nori is played by Antony Viccars.

1977: The Hobbit (1977 film):

Nori's voice is provided by Jack DeLeon.

1979: The Hobbit (1979 radio series):

No actor is specified for the role of Nori.

1982: The Hobbit (1982 video game):

Nori is omitted; Thorin is the only companion of the player, Bilbo Baggins.[11]

2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):

No actor is credited for the role of Nori.

2012-3: The Hobbit films:

Nori will be played by Jed Brophy.[12]


  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, "Roast Mutton"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Queer Lodgings"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Return Journey"
  9. 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
  10. "The Hobbit.mp4" dated 5 January 2012, YouTube (accessed 10 January 2012)
  11. ZX Computing, 8304 (April/May 1983), p. 76, accessed April 24 2011
  12. Peter Jackson, "Production begins in New Zealand on The Hobbit" dated 20 March 2011, Facebook (accessed 23 December 2011)
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