|"Oin" by Francesco Amadio|
|Affiliation||Thorin and Company|
|Language||Khuzdul and Westron|
|Birth||T.A. 2774 |
|Death||T.A. 2994 (aged 220)|
Watcher in the Water
|House||House of Durin|
|Gallery||Images of Óin|
Óin (T.A. 2774 - 2994, 220 years old) was one of the Dwarves of Thorin's company who set out to reclaim Erebor from Smaug. Later, he followed Balin in an ill-fated attempt to retake Moria.
Óin was the son of Gróin and older brother of Glóin, both of the House of Durin.
The Quest of Erebor
Óin was one of the five Dwarves in the fourth group to arrive at Bag End. He wore a brown hood.
Óin and Glóin were noted for their ability to start fires, although both failed on the night that the company met the trolls. In their frustration they began to quarrel and eventually to fight, which was the incident that prompted the company to head for the fire seen far off on a hill.
In the glade where the wolves came to gather, Óin was one of five Dwarves who climbed up to fairly comfortable seats in a huge pine tree.
When Gandalf was telling the story of the company's adventures to Beorn, Óin and Glóin were the fifth pair of Dwarves to show up.
Óin fought in and survived the Battle of Five Armies. He was given his share of the treasure by Dáin Ironfoot, and made his home in Erebor.
Expedition to Moria
In T.A. 2989 Óin had followed Balin with a colony of Dwarves in an attempt to reclaim their ancient mansions of Khazad-dûm, which were occupied by Orcs. At first the colony did well, but on November 10, 2994 Balin was killed, and the Orcs returned. They took the East-gate/First Hall then the Second Hall after a fierce battle which Óin likely fought in. Óin went with a party to find escape via the West-gate but they found the water up to the doors and he was killed by the Watcher in the Water. Of his party only four returned five days after they had left, and soon thereafter all the remaining colonists were killed in a final stand in the Chamber of Mazarbul.
Their fate was unknown to their kinsmen and their silence was largely why Glóin and Gimli went to Rivendell at that time, to seek news from Elrond. When Frodo Baggins came to Rivendell, Glóin delighted in telling him about the doings of the renewed dwarf-kingdom. But when Frodo asked about Óin, Balin, and Ori, Glóin's face darkened and he said that he did not know. 
Oinn is a dwarf from the Dvergatal. His name means "Shy".
2338 - 2585
2440 - 2589†
2450 - 2711
2542 - 2790†
2560 - 2803
2644 - 2850†
2662 - 2799†
2671 - 2923
2746 - 2941†
2763 - 2994†
2772 - Fo.A. 91
2774 - 2994†
2783 - Fo.A. 15
2879 - Fo.A. 120+
Portrayal in adaptations
|Óin in adaptations|
1966: The Hobbit (1966 film):
- Óin is omitted. Thorin Oakenshield only travels with an unnamed guard and the princess of Dale.
1977: The Hobbit (1977 film):
- No actor is specified for the role of Óin. If he does speak, it is only in unison with rest of the Dwarves.
2012-14: The Hobbit (film series):
- Óin was played by John Callen. A description of Óin in The Hobbit films was released by the studio:
Along with his brother Gloin, Oin is a distant cousin of Thorin Oakenshield. A brave Northern Dwarf, Oin joins The Company of Thorin Oakenshield out of a sense of loyalty to his kin, and also because he has a substantial sum of money invested in the venture. Well read with an enquiring mind, Oin is the healer among the Company, often applying an herbal salve of his own invention – which has since come to be known as ‘ointment’ after its maker.
- Perhaps the oldest of the 13 Dwarves (next to Balin), Óin is also hard of hearing, as he carries an ear trumpet (which got trodden on by a Goblin in Goblin-town when the company was captured, though he mostly manages to bend it back into its original shape after their escape). Because of the fact that he was the group's de facto medicine man (and also presumably due to his older age), he opts to stay behind in Lake-town (along with Fíli) to look after Kíli when Thorin deems him too ill (from having been struck by a poisoned arrow) to accompany the group on the final leg of their quest up to the Lonely Mountain. He is in awe of Tauriel's Elvish healing powers when she ultimately heals Kíli's wound.
1968: The Hobbit (1968 radio series):
- Óin is played by Rolf Lefebvre.
1979: The Hobbit (1979 radio series):
- No actor is specified for the role of Óin.
1989: Hobit (1989 Slovak radio series):
- Óin is present, but no actor is specified for the role of Óin.
1982: The Hobbit (1982 video game):
- Óin is omitted; Thorin is the only companion of the player, Bilbo Baggins.
2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):
- No actor is credited for the role of Óin.
2008: The Lord of the Rings Online:
- Óin appears in an extended flashback depicting the Battle of Azanulbizar, in which he fights alongside his father and the rest of Farin's kin.
- Instead of being devoured, Óin was taken by the Watcher in the Water to the "Drowned Treasury" in the Waterworks of Moria. There, Óin discovered the legendary Mithril axe Zigilburk and used it to keep the beast at bay until he eventually succumbed to hunger. In the present day, the same happens to Bofur's grandson Bróin of the Iron Garrison. Bróin and Zigilburk are eventually discovered by the player, allowing the dwarves to pay proper respect to Óin's remains.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Roast Mutton"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Queer Lodgings"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Return Journey"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Bridge of Khazad-dûm"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Many Meetings"
- ↑ 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
- ↑ "The Hobbit.mp4" dated 5 January 2012, YouTube (accessed 10 January 2012)
- ↑ Peter Jackson, "Production begins in New Zealand on The Hobbit" dated 20 March 2011, Facebook (accessed 23 December 2011)
- ↑ Warner Bros., "Hobbit Movies" dated 7 September 2012, Apple iPhone/iPad App (accessed 19 September 2012)
- ↑ ZX Computing, 8304 (April/May 1983), p. 76, accessed April 24 2011
|Members of Thorin and Company|
|Thorin · Balin · Dwalin · Fíli · Kíli · Dori · Nori · Ori · Óin · Glóin · Bifur · Bofur · Bombur · Gandalf · Bilbo Baggins|
|Route of Thorin and Company|
|Bag End · Green Dragon · The Shire · Lone-lands · Last Bridge · Trollshaws · Trolls' cave · Rivendell · High Pass · Front Porch · Goblin-town · Goblin-gate · Eagle's Eyrie · Carrock · Beorn's Hall · Wilderland · Forest Gate · Elf-path · Mirkwood · Elvenking's Halls · Forest River · Lake-town · Long Lake · River Running · Desolation of the Dragon · Ravenhill · Back Door · Lonely Mountain · Great Hall of Thráin|