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Blake Henriksen - Nori.jpg
"Nori" by Blake Henriksen
Biographical Information
LocationThorin's Halls
AffiliationThorin and Company
LanguageKhuzdul and Westron
BirthBetween T.A. 2763 and c. 2814NB
Notable forThe Quest of Erebor
HouseHouse of Durin
Physical Description
ClothingPurple hood and a silver belt[1]
GalleryImages of Nori

Nori was one of Durin's Folk and likely dwelt in the northern Blue Mountains with Thorin after the latter had settled there.[2] He was one of the thirteen Dwarves of Thorin's company who journeyed to Erebor to challenge the dragon Smaug. After the death of Smaug, Nori lived with his share of the treasure at the Lonely Mountain.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

Family and birth[edit | edit source]

Nori's parentage is unknown, although he was a remote kinsman of Thorin and a member of the House of Durin.[2] He was also the brother of Dori, and a cousin of Ori.[1]. His birth year is also unknown.

However, in Bilbo Baggins' account of the quest to Erebor he stated that the brothers Fíli and Kíli were the youngest of the thirteen "by some fifty years"[4], and that when Thorin was missing Balin was "the eldest left".[5] Since Kíli was born in T.A. 2864 and Balin was born in 2763,[2] this would put Nori's birth between 2763 and c. 2814, and he would have been between c. 127 and 178 years old during the quest to Erebor.

The Quest of Erebor[edit | edit source]

Nori was one of the five Dwarves in the fourth group to arrive at Bag End. He wore a purple hood. During the evening when Thorin called for music, Nori (along with Dori and Ori) played the flute.[6] In Beorn's Halls, when Gandalf was telling the story of the company's adventures to Beorn, Nori and Ori were the second two Dwarves to show up.[7] Nori 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 alongside with Dori and Ori.[8]

Later life[edit | edit source]

Nori lived a wealthy life after the quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain. His date of death is unknown but he was still alive during the War of the Ring.[3].

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Nóri is a dwarf from the Dvergatal. It most likely means "Little shaver, small bit of something".[9]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

Durin I
fl. First Age
d. T.A. 2994
fl. T.A. 2941 - 3018
fl. T.A. 2941 - 3018
Thorin II
T.A. 2746 - 2941

Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]

Nori in adaptations

Films[edit | edit source]

1966: The Hobbit (1966 film):

Nori is omitted. Thorin Oakenshield only travels with an unnamed guard and the princess of Dale.[10]

1977: The Hobbit (1977 film):

Nori's voice is provided by Jack DeLeon. However, he only ever speaks in unison with the rest of the Dwarves.

2012-14: The Hobbit (film series):

Nori is played by Jed Brophy.[11] A description of Nori in The Hobbit films was released by the studio:

Perhaps the most elusive member of The Company of Thorin Oakenshield, Nori is often in trouble with the dwarvish authorities. Deciding it might be a good time to leave town, he readily joins the Quest for the Lonely Mountain, not realizing the journey ahead may well lead him into far more trouble than he has left behind. Nobody ever quite knows what the quick-witted and wily Nori is up to, except that it’s guaranteed to be dodgy and quite possibly illegal. Despite rarely seeing eye-to-eye with his brothers Dori and Ori, he is nonetheless immensely loyal and will protect them by whatever means possible.
Warner Bros.[12]

Radio series[edit | edit source]

1968: The Hobbit (1968 radio series):

Nori is played by Antony Viccars.

1979: The Hobbit (1979 radio series):

No actor is specified for the role of Nori.

1989: Hobit (1989 Slovak radio series):

Nori is present, but no actor is specified for the role of Nori.

Games[edit | edit source]

1982: The Hobbit (1982 video game):

Nori is omitted; Thorin is the only companion of the player, Bilbo Baggins.[13]

2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):

No actor is credited for the role of Nori.

2013: The Lord of the Rings Online:

After the Quest of Erebor, Nori has the position of Keeper of Coffers in Erebor. He is first found in the Gatehouse of the Lonely Mountain, where he and his brother Dori brief the player on breaking the Siege of Erebor. After the battle, Nori and the other surviving dwarves of the Company join Dís in paying respect at the tomb of Thorin Oakenshield.
Sometime later the cold-drake who slew King Dáin I is thwarted in an attack on Erebor. Thinking "Thikil-gundu, the Steel Keep", capital of Dáin's Halls of old, must now lie unguarded, Nori secretly leads a small expedition to reclaim its lost wealth for the Longbeards. His brother Dori forms a small band of dwarves to rescue him from his folly, including his old companions Bofur and Gloin, and together with the player they follow Nori's trail across Ered Mithrin. They eventually find him in the Steel Keep.

2014: Lego The Hobbit: The Video Game:

Nori is featured in the game, with his appearance being based in the Peter Jackson's movies, but in the form of a LEGO minifigure, with Jed Brophy voicing the role through archive footage from the first two films.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, "Addendum: The Seventh Phase", "iv. Personae"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Many Meetings"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Over Hill and Under Hill"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Barrels Out of Bond"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Queer Lodgings"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Return Journey"
  9. 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
  10. "The Hobbit.mp4" dated 5 January 2012, YouTube (accessed 10 January 2012)
  11. Peter Jackson, "Production begins in New Zealand on The Hobbit" dated 20 March 2011, Facebook (accessed 23 December 2011)
  12. Warner Bros., "Hobbit Movies" dated 7 September 2012, Apple iPhone/iPad App (accessed 19 September 2012)
  13. 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
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
Characters Bilbo · Thorin · Gandalf · Balin · Fíli · Kíli · Dwalin · Dori · Nori · Ori · Óin · Glóin · Bifur · Bofur · Bombur · Smaug · Radagast · Elrond · Galadriel · Saruman · Azog · Bolg · Thranduil · Legolas · Tauriel · Bard · Bain · Tilda · Sigrid · Master of Lake-town · Alfrid · Dáin Ironfoot · Necromancer · Bert · William · Tom · Beorn · Thráin · Thrór · Goblin King · Gollum · Frodo