The Black Arrow was an heirloom of the house of Girion, Lord of Dale, passed down to Bard, his descendant.


The Black Arrow was Bard the Bowman's last remaining arrow when Smaug attacked Laketown and, directed by a Thrush who had overheard a conversation between Bilbo Baggins and Smaug, he shot it with remarkable speed into a weak spot in the left part of the chest of the dragon's natural armour of scales, killing him, and thus freeing Lonely Mountain, Dale, and Lake town.

The Black Arrow was forged by Thrór, who was the King under the Mountain before its fall seated in the Lonely Mountain, according to The Hobbit. It is not known if it had any magical properties, but Bard said that he had successfully retrieved it every time he used it (like Beleg's arrow Dailir).[1]

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

The Hobbit film trilogyEdit

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The Black Arrow, as seen in The Hobbit films

In The Hobbit film series, the Black Arrow is not a single regular-sized arrow, but rather one in a series of large metal quarrels, designed to be fired by windlance ballistae at attacking dragons. The arrows themselves are roughly 2 metres in length with heavy twisted steel heads, combining elements of both spears and harpoons. The Black Arrows are the only known weapons with enough power to pierce the armoured hide of dragons.

As seen in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey extended edition, and again in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, during Smaug's original assault on the Lonely Mountain , all but one of the Black Arrows were spent, as Girion, Lord of Dale attempted to shoot down Smaug in defence of the city. One of his shots managed to break off an armoured scale protecting the left side of the dragon’s chest. However Girion was himself killed by Smaug before taking a final shot. It is later revealed that the last Black Arrow was kept as an heirloom by Girion's descendants.

After Thorin and Company accidentally release Smaug upon Laketown, Bard the Bowman, a direct descendent of Girion, retrieves the arrow from his home and attempts to reach Laketown’s windlance ballista, intent on slaying Smaug.  However he was arrested by the corrupt Master of Laketown  before reaching the weapon, prompting his son Bain to instead hide the arrow in a boat, narrowly avoiding it being seized by the Master’s guards.

During The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Bain retrieves the arrow in the midst of Smaug’s assault upon Laketown, bringing it to Bard whilst he is attempting to shoot down the dragon with regular arrows fired from a longbow.  During this exchange, Smaug attacks the belltower they are standing on, shattering the limbs of Bard’s bow. Improvising, Bard attaches his bowstring to the ruined tower’s posts and, using his son as a stand, fires the arrow into the weak spot on the dragon’s chest, puncturing his exposed skin and piercing his heart. Enraged, Smaug soars into the sky before succumbing to the arrow’s wound, his corpse falling onto the town’s burning ruins, crushing the Master and sinking his boat.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Swart Pyl
Albanian Shigjeta e Zezë
Amharic ጥቁር ቀስት
Armenian Բլածկ Արրու
Arabic السهم الأسود
Azerbaijani Ox Qara
Basque Gezi Beltza
Belarusian чорная стрэлка
Bengali কাল তীর
Bosnian Crna Strelica
Breton Bir Du
Bulgarian Черна стрела
Catalan Fletxa negra
Chinese 黑色箭頭
Cornish Seth Du
Croatian Crna Strelica
Czech Černá Šipka
Danish Sort Pil
Dari بلاچک ارروو
Dutch Zwarte Pijl
Esperanto Nigra Sago
Estonian Must Nool
Finnish Musta Nuoli
French Flèche Noire
Georgian შავი ისარი
German Schwarzer Pfeil
Greek Μαύρο βέλος
Gujarati બ્લેક એરો
Haiti Creole Nwa Flèch
Hebrew חץ שחור
Hawaiian ʻeleʻele Pua
Hindi काले तीर
Hungarian Fekete Nyíl
Icelandic Svartur Ör
Italian Freccia Nera
Indonesian Panah Hitam
Irish Gaelic Saighead Dubh
Japanese 黒い矢印
Kannada ಕಪ್ಪು ಬಾಣದ
Kazakh қара көрсеткі
Khmer (Cambodian) ព្រួញខ្មៅ
Korean 검은색 화살표
Kurdish بلاچک ئڕۆو ? (Cyrillic) Tîra Reş (Latinised)
Kyrgyz кара жебе
Lao ລູກສອນສີດໍາ
Latin Nigrum Sagittam
Latvian Melna Bulta
Lithuanian Juodoji Strėlė
Luxembourgish Schwaarz Pfeil
Macedonian црна стрелка
Malay Anak panah hitam
Maltese Vleġġa Sewda
Manx Side Doo
Maori Pere Pango
Marathi काळा बाण
Mongolian хар сум
Navajo Łizhin Kʼaaʼ ?
Nepali कालो तीर
Norwegian Svarte Pilen
Pashto تور غشی
Persian سیاه فلش ?
Polish Czarna Strzała
Portuguese Seta Preta
Punjabi ਕਾਲਾ ਤੀਰ
Romanian Săgeată Neagră
Romansh Nair Frizza ?
Russian Чёрная стрела
Samoan Uliuli Aū
Scottish Gaelic Dubh Saighead
Serbian Црна стрелица (Cyrillic) Crna Strelica (Latinised)
Siamese (Thai) ลูกศรสีดำ
Sindhi ڪارو تير
Sinhala කළු සරය
Slovak Čierna Šípka
Slovenian Črna Puščica
Somali Falaar Madow
Spanish Flecha Negra
Sudanese Panah Hideung
Swahili Mshale Mweusi
Swedish Svart Pil
Tajik тирчаи сиёҳ
Tamil கருப்பு அம்புக்குறி
Telugu నలుపు బాణం
Turkish Siyah Oku
Turkmen Gara Görkezgiç ?
Ukrainian Чорну стрілку
Urdu بلیک ایرو
Uyghur بلاچك ارروۋ
Uzbek Блачк Арроw ? (Cyrillic) Qora Kamon o'qi ? (Latinised)
Vietnamese Mũi tên màu đen
Welsh Saeth Ddu
Yiddish שוואַרץ פייַל
Xhosa Abamnyama Utolo
Yoruba Dudu ọfà


  1. The Hobbit, Chapter 10: "A Warm Welcome"