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Alfrid

Alfrid is a concept which has only appeared in an adaptation of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Alfrid
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"Alfrid" from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
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Alfrid Lickspittle was the civil servant of the Master of Lake-town. His character was invented by Peter Jackson for The Hobbit (film series), and played by Ryan Gage.[1]

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Alfrid serves as the Master of Lake-town's chief overseer, always alerting the Master of any potential plots against his power - much to the chagrin of some Lake-town residents. He and the Master particularly have Bard in their sights, knowing his relation to Girion, last Lord of Dale. When Smaug arrives to demolish the town, he and the Master - along with a few guards - empty out the town's treasury into a boat and attempt to retreat with it. However, when the overloaded boat started spilling treasure into the lake, the Master pushes Alfrid overboard in order to lessen the weight.

When the town's refugees gather on the shore of Long Lake in the aftermath of the destruction, Bard is immediately praised for slaying the Dragon and the citizens look to him for guidance. Alfrid immediately champions Bard despite the disapproval of several people. When the Battle of Five Armies begins, Alfrid spends most of his time showing his cowardice by attempting to hide from it - even disguising himself as a woman at one point - despite Bard ordering every able man to take up arms, and specifically telling Alfrid to join the fight. Not long after finding a treasure trove in the ruins of Dale, Bard, after saving him from an attack by an Ogre, tells him to leave and not come back.

In the Extended Edition of the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, after said encounter with Bard, Alfrid hides in a catapult, which he inadvertently sets off when one of the coins that he has collected drops on the release trigger. This launches him into the mouth of a Troll, which kills them both.[2]

References

  1. Peter Jackson, "Casting News for The Hobbit" dated 19 May 2011, Facebook (accessed 22 December 2011)
  2. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (extended edition)
The Hobbit film series
Source material: The Hobbit · The Lord of the Rings
Films An Unexpected Journey (extended editionThe Desolation of Smaug (extended edition) · The Battle of the Five Armies (extended edition)
Music An Unexpected Journey (Special Edition) · The Desolation of Smaug (Special Edition) · The Battle of the Five Armies (Special Edition) · "Song of the Lonely Mountain" · "I See Fire" · "The Last Goodbye"
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The Desolation of Smaug Official Movie Guide · Visual Companion · Movie Storybook · Annual 2014 · Chronicles: Art & Design · Chronicles: Cloaks & Daggers · Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon · Activity Book · Sticker Book · Ultimate Sticker Collection
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