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"Girion" by U-yasuk
Biographical Information
PositionLord of Dale
DeathT.A. 2770
SpouseUnnamed wife
ChildrenUnnamed child; ancestor of Bard the Bowman
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Girion

Girion (d. T.A. 2770[1]) was the last Lord of Dale.



Girion was a Man of Dale and became lord of the city. Not much can be said about his life and rule, other than he had a wife, and at least one son.

He possessed a Necklace made of five hundred emeralds. When the Dwarves of Erebor forged a coat of dwarf-linked rings, presumably of mithril, for his eldest son, Girion gave the necklace to the Dwarves as a payment.[2]

He witnessed the arrival of Smaug when the Dragon assaulted Dale and the neighboring dwarf realm of Erebor. Girion was killed during that event but his wife and child escaped down the River Running.[3]


Many years later, his descendant Bard was still living in Esgaroth. He took revenge upon the dragon by slaying him with an arrow.[3] His Necklace was found among the dragon's hoard.


Although the names of Dale are Norse, Girion seems to be a Sindarin name. The meaning is not clear but the Etymologies give a Noldorin root GIR ("quiver, shudder"),[4] which might be related.


d. 2770
Bard I
d. 2977
d. 3007
d. 3019
Bard II
fl. Fourth Age

Portrayal in adaptations

Girion in adaptations

2012-14: The Hobbit (film series):

Briefly seen in flashback to the Sack of Erebor in both the Extended Edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Girion is portrayed by Luke Evans, who also played Girion's descendant Bard.[5]

2018: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Girion's name is explained as being the Elvish interpretation of "Geirjarn". The first Lord of Dale was an archer named "Bródda" who saved King Thrór from Orcs and was rewarded with rule of Dale, the name "Geirjarn Ironbolt", and a Black Arrow for him and each of his heirs. The Geirjarn who was slain by Smaug and became known as Girion was the third of that name and the eighth Lord of Dale.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Inside Information"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Fire and Water"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 358
  5. "Luke Evans played Bard’s ancestor, Girion of Dale",, 9 December 2013 (accessed 29 January 2014)