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Physical Description

Ori was a dwarf of the House of Durin, and brother to Nori and Dori, a distant kinsman to Thorin.[1] He wore a grey hood, played the flute,[2] and wrote both well and quickly in large, bold hand using Tengwar.[3]



The Quest of Erebor

In Third Age 2941, Ori and his brothers were selected to accompany their King Thorin on the Quest of Erebor, in which they were assisted by the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

He later fought and survived the Battle of Five Armies, was given his share of the treasure by Dáin II Ironfoot, and settled in the mountain of Erebor.

Expedition to Moria

Page from the Book of Mazarbul written by Ori in Tengwar.

Forty-eight years later[4] Ori traveled with Balin, and Óin (also members of Thorin and Company) and a colony of Dwarves on a disastrous attempt to reclaim their ancient mansions of Khazad-dûm which were already occupied by the Goblins.[5]

At first they colony did well, but less than five years later Balin was killed, the Orc came down again and took the East-gate, and Óin's group he took west to West-gate was destroyed except for a few.

Ori retreated to the Chamber of Mazarbul where Balin's Tomb was laid. He wrote the last pages in the Book of Mazarbul before he and the last few remaining Dwarves perished during a final stand.[3]


During the War of the Ring, the Fellowship of the Ring journeyed through Moria and discovered the book that contained the records of the expedition written by Ori, as recognized by Gimli.[3]


Óri is a dwarf from the Dvergatal. The name means "Violent".[6]

Portrayal in Adaptations

1968: The Hobbit (1968 radio series):

Ori is played by Wilfrid Carter.

1977: The Hobbit (1977 film):

Ori's voice is provided by Jack DeLeon.

1979: The Hobbit (1979 radio series):

No actor is specified for the role of Ori.

1982: The Hobbit (1982 video game):

Ori is omitted; Thorin is the only companion of the player, Bilbo Baggins.[7]

2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):

No actor is credited for the role of Ori.

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

There are two dwarves that have the name Ori. Foreman Ori stands near the Silver Deep Mine in Thorin's Gate. There is also a Captain Ori that the player controls during a session play entitled "We Cannot Get Out".[8] Since the events of the game happen after T.A. 2994 and the session play is a flashback of the fight in the Twenty-First Hall that happened during T.A. 2994, Foreman Ori must be a character created specifically for the game, while Captain Ori is Turbine's adaptation of the Ori described in Tolkien's writings.

2012-3: The Hobbit films:

Ori will be played by Adam Brown.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Bridge of Khazad-dûm"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"
  6. 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
  7. ZX Computing, 8304 (April/May 1983), p. 76 (accessed 24 March 2011)
  8. LOTRO - We Cant Get Out Session play instance (video) at (accessed 27 May 2011)

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