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"Girion" by U-yasuk
Biographical Information
PositionLord of Dale
DeathT.A. 2770
SpouseUnnamed wife[1]
ChildrenAt least 2 sons[1]
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Girion

Girion (d. T.A. 2770[2]) was the last Lord of Dale.

History[edit | edit source]

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 two sons.[1]

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.[3]

He witnessed the arrival of Smaug when the Dragon assaulted Dale and the neighbouring dwarf realm of Erebor. Girion was killed during that event but his wife and child escaped down the River Running.[1]

Legacy[edit | edit source]

Many years later, his descendant Bard was still living in Esgaroth. He took revenge upon the dragon by slaying him with an arrow.[1] His necklace was found among the dragon's hoard.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

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.

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

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

Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]

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 who saved King Thrór from Orcs and was rewarded with the rule of Dale and a Black Arrow for him and each of his heirs.