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Bain

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Bain
Man
Biographical Information
TitlesKing of Dale
LocationLake-town
Dale
Birth Lake-town
RuleT.A. 2977 - 3007
DeathT.A. 3007
Family
ParentageBard
ChildrenBrand
Physical Description
GenderMale

Bain was the King of Dale, the second of the restored line.

[edit] History

Bain was the son of Bard the Bowman, and succeeded his father in T.A. 2977. He ruled in the lands south of the Lonely Mountain for thirty years, during which Balin and a group of Dwarves left Erebor to retake Moria.

He was succeeded by his son Brand in T.A. 3007, whose realm was said to extend far to the south and east of Esgaroth.[1]

[edit] Etymology

As the Language of Dale is rendered with Old Norse, the name perhaps represents Beinn meaning "mover".[2]

[edit] Genealogy

Bard I
d. 2977
 
 
 
 
BAIN
d. 3007
 
 
 
 
Brand
d. 3019
 
 
 
 
Bard II


[edit] Portrayals in adaptations

2012-14: The Hobbit (film series):

While in canon there is no mention about Bain's birth year, and there is nothing to indicate that he was alive during the events of The Hobbit, in the films Bain is already in his early teens and has two sisters, Sigrid and Tilda. He is played by John Bell.[3]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  2. Jim Allan, An Introduction to Elvish, "The Giving of Names", p. 127
  3. Evie Bowman, "EXCLUSIVE! Q&A WITH HOBBIT ACTOR JOHN BELL" dated 03 July 2012, Middle-earth Network News (accessed 02 July 2013)
Bain
Died: T.A. 3007
Preceded by:
Bard I
King of Dale
T.A. 29773007
Followed by:
Brand