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"Bain" by U-yasuk
Biographical Information
TitlesKing of Dale
LanguageDalish, Westron
RuleT.A. 2977 - 3007
DeathT.A. 3007
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Bain

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

History[edit | edit source]

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]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

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

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

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

Portrayals in adaptations[edit | edit source]

2013: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:

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, Bain appears in the Hobbit films at age of about 13 and has two sisters, older Sigrid and younger Tilda. He is played by John Bell.[3]
Bain assists his father Bard in smuggling Bilbo Baggins and Thorin and Company into their house. When the Dwarves see a windlance outside their window, they recall the Sack of Erebor, and Bain relates the story of how Girion managed to knock one of Smaug's scales loose in the attack, though the Dwarves don't believe him. Just before being arrested, Bard instructs Bain to hide the last Black Arrow he has in his possession. When Bolg's Orc pack attacks Lake-town, Bain assists Legolas, Tauriel, Fíli, Kíli, Óin, and Bofur in fighting off the Orcs, and protects his sisters the best he can.

2014: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies:

Bain, Sigrid, and Tilda follow Tauriel and the Dwarves to evacuate Lake-town via boat while Smaug is destroying it. When he sees Bard making a last stand against the Dragon, Bain goes off to find the boat in which he hid the Black Arrow, and manages to deliver it to his father atop the bell tower. Bard constructs a large makeshift bow from the tower to fire the arrow at Smaug, using his son's shoulder to balance and aim the arrow. Bard urges him to stay calm as he fires the shot that ultimately kills the Fire-drake. Later, as the Battle of Five Armies is getting underway, he and his sisters go into hiding in the ruins of Dale until the battle is over.


  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 3 July 2012, Middle-earth Network News (accessed 2 July 2013)
Died: T.A. 3007
Preceded by:
Bard I
2nd King of Dale
T.A. 29773007
Followed by:

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"
Tie-in books An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide · Visual Companion · Movie Storybook · Annual 2013 · Chronicles: Art & Design · Chronicles: Creatures & Characters · The World of Hobbits
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
The Battle of the Five Armies Official Movie Guide · Visual Companion · Movie Storybook · Annual 2015 · Chronicles: Art & Design · Chronicles: The Art of War · Activity Book
Video games Kingdoms of Middle-earth · Armies of The Third Age · Lego The Hobbit
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