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Ori was a Dwarf of the House of Durin, and brother to Nori and Dori, a distant kinsman to Thorin Oakenshield.[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 Oakenshield 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, Orc reinforcements came south and took the East-gate, and Óin's group he took west to West-gate was destroyed except for a few.

Four years later Ori wrote the last pages in the Book of Mazarbul before he and the last few remaining Dwarves perished during a final stand inside the Chamber of Mazarbul.[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 Norse mythology and the name means 'Furious'.


  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
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Council of Elrond
Members of Thorin and Company
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