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"Ori" by Francesco Amadio
Biographical Information
LocationThorin's Halls
Lonely Mountain
AffiliationThorin and Company
Balin's folk
LanguageKhuzdul and Westron
BirthBetween T.A. 2763 and c. 2814NB
DeathT.A. 2994(aged between c. 180 and 231)
Chamber of Mazarbul, Khazad-dûm
HouseHouse of Durin
Physical Description
ClothingGrey hood and a silver belt[1]
GalleryImages of Ori

Ori was one of the thirteen Dwarves of Thorin's company who journeyed to Erebor to challenge the dragon Smaug. After the death of Smaug, Ori lived at the Lonely Mountain[2] until he went to Moria as part of Balin's ill-fated attempt to re-take the ancient mansions of the Dwarves.[3]


Family and birth

Ori's parentage is unknown, although he was a remote kinsman of Thorin and a member of the House of Durin.[4] 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"[5], and that when Thorin was missing Balin was "the eldest left".[6] Since Kíli was born in T.A. 2864 and Balin was born in 2763,[4] this would put Ori's birth between 2763 and c. 2814, and he would have been between c. 127 and 178 years old during the quest to Erebor.

Ori was a member of the House of Durin and probably lived in the Blue Mountains with Thorin after he began living there following the loss of Thráin II.[4]

The Quest of Erebor

In T.A. 2941,[7] Ori was one of the five Dwarves in the fourth group to arrive at Bag End. He wore a grey hood. During the evening when Thorin called for music, Ori (along with Dori and Nori) played the flute.[8]

When Gandalf was telling the story of the company's adventures to Beorn, Ori and Nori were the second pair of Dwarves to arrive.[9]

Joona Kujanen - Last Moments

Ori 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.[10]

Expedition to Moria

In T.A. 2989[7] Ori (and Óin) had followed Balin with a company of Dwarves in an attempt to reclaim their ancient mansions of Khazad-dûm, which were already occupied by the Goblins.[11] At first the colony did well, but less than five years later Balin was killed, the Orcs returned and took the East-gate, and Óin's group that he took west to the West-gate was destroyed except for a few.

Page from the Book of Mazarbul written by Ori in Tengwar.

Ori retreated to the Chamber of Mazarbul where Balin's tomb was laid. He wrote the last pages in the Book of Mazarbul before he and the last few remaining Dwarves perished during a final stand.[3] As Ori knew there was no hope to escape, he continued writing in the book, hoping that someone would find it, and would know what happened to them.[12]

When Frodo Baggins came to Rivendell he met Glóin, who delighted in telling the hobbit about the doings of the renewed dwarf-kingdom in the Lonely Mountain. But when Frodo asked about Ori, Balin, and Óin (also members of Thorin and Company), Glóin's face darkened and he said that he did not know. In fact, their fate was largely why the Dwarves had come to Rivendell at that time, to seek advice.[2]


During the War of the Ring, the Fellowship of the Ring journeyed through Moria and discovered the book that contained the records of the expedition. The last lines were written by Ori, as recognized by Gimli due to Ori's recognizable large, bold handwriting using Tengwar (Gimli also said that Ori could write well and speedily).[3]


Óri is a dwarf from the Dvergatal. The name means "Violent".[13]


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

Other versions of the legendarium

Ori is said to be the cousin of Dori and Nori in Tolkien's 1966 notes, despite the popular belief that he is their brother. It is also confirmed that he wears a grey hood.[1]

Portrayal in adaptations

Ori in adaptations
Ori in The Hobbit (1977 film)
Ori in The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria
Ori in The Hobbit (film series)


1967: The Hobbit (1967 film):

Ori is omitted. Thorin Oakenshield only travels with an unnamed watchman and princess Mika Milovana of Dale.[14]

1977: The Hobbit (1977 film):

Ori'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):

Ori is portrayed by Adam Brown.[15] A description of Ori in The Hobbit films was released by the studio:

Younger brother to Nori and Dori, Ori is a talented artist, and can often be found drawing and writing in his journal. It is Ori who chronicles much of the journey through The Wild to the shores of the Long Lake and the slopes of The Lonely Mountain. Polite and well-bred, he is used to be being bossed around by his older brother Dori and is usually biddable, although occasionally he can surprise his fellow companions with his courage and determination.

While in the book Fíli and Kíli are said to be the youngest of the thirteen Dwarves in Thorin's company by at least fifty years, Ori is instead the youngest within The Hobbit films. His weapon is a slingshot; In The Fellowship of the Ring, his skeleton is shown holding the Book of Mazarbul beside Balin's tomb.
Ori's skeleton beside Balin's tomb in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

Radio series

1968: The Hobbit (1968 radio series):

Ori is portrayed by Wilfrid Carter.

1979: The Hobbit (1979 radio series):

No actor is specified for the role of Ori.

1989: Hobit (1989 Slovak radio series):

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

2001: Pán prsteňov (2001-2003 Slovak radio series):

The voice of an older Ori is provided by František Kovár. Though he is deceased during the events of the story, his voice is heard as part of a stylistic "flashback", while Gandalf immerses himself in reading out loud from the Book of Mazarbul.


1982: The Hobbit (1982 video game):

Ori is omitted; Thorin is the only companion of the player, Bilbo Baggins.[17]

2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):

No actor is credited for the role of Ori.

2008: The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria:

The player controls Ori during a during a session play entitled We Cannot Get Out.[18] It shows the last moments of Balin's expedition during T.A. 2994, in which the dwarves make their last desperate stand in the Chamber of Mazarbul and Ori is killed by Mazog, son of Bolg.


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, "Addendum: The Seventh Phase", "iv. Personae"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Many Meetings"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Bridge of Khazad-dûm"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Over Hill and Under Hill"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Barrels Out of Bond"
  7. 7.0 7.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Queer Lodgings"
  10. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Return Journey"
  11. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"
  12. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "X. Of Dwarves and Men", "Notes", #10
  13. 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
  14. "The Hobbit.mp4" dated 5 January 2012, YouTube (accessed 10 January 2012)
  15. Peter Jackson, "Production begins in New Zealand on The Hobbit" dated 20 March 2011, Facebook (accessed 23 December 2011)
  16. Warner Bros., "Hobbit Movies" dated 7 September 2012, Apple iPhone/iPad App (accessed 19 September 2012)
  17. ZX Computing, 8304 (April/May 1983), p. 76 (accessed 24 March 2011)
  18. LOTRO - We Cant Get Out Session play instance (video) at YouTube.com (accessed 27 May 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