Dori was a Dwarf of Durin's Folk, who along with his brothers Nori and Ori travelled with Bilbo Baggins as a member of "Thorin and Company" in The Quest of Erebor to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug.
Dori had a flute that he played in Bilbo's home before leaving on their journey. He was said to like food as much as Bilbo or any hobbit, and was described by the narrative as "a decent fellow, despite his grumbling." Dori was the strongest of the company of Dwarves. He usually wore a purple-hooded cloak when traveling abroad.
Before The Quest of Erebor, Dori lived in Thorin's home in the northern Blue Mountains with his two brothers. In TA 2941, Dori and his two brothers became part of Thorin and Company befriending Bilbo Baggins and travel with him in search of Smaug's treasure caverns in the Lonely Mountain.
It fell to Dori to carry Bilbo in the tunnels of the Misty Mountains during the escape from the Goblins, but Dori dropped Bilbo and the other Dwarves blamed him for "losing their burglar." Later, during the escape from the Wargs and Orcs, Bilbo grabbed Dori's legs as they were swooped away by the eagles.
Dori fought in and survived the Battle of the Five Armies and returned to the Lonely Mountain realm where he established himself and grew rich. He survived up until the time of the Council of Elrond and the War of the Ring. His date of death is unknown.
Portrayal in AdaptationsEdit
The studio has given this description of the character in the trilogy:
"A distant relative of Thorin Oakenshield, Dori is the eldest amongst his brothers Ori and Nori. He is the strongest in The Company of Dwarves, and spends much of his time watching out for Ori, making sure he hasn’t caught a chill or gotten himself killed by Wargs or Goblins. Eternally pessimistic, with a natural tendency to expect the worst, Dori is nonetheless quite prepared to risk life and limb in order to get the job done."
In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: A Visual Companion, writer Jude Fisher describes Dori as fancying himself as something of a sophisticate, with a liking for good wine, beautiful jewelry, and fine clothes; the rest of the company see him as a dandy, as shown by the way he braids his beard into a silver case. Yet he is still one of the most formidable fighters in the company with both his Dwarven sword and flail. After being caught by the wood elves in The Desolation of Smaug, Dori and the rest of the company are stripped of their weapons and he later receives a human longsword from the Laketown armory.
In The Desolation of Smaug, as the Company entered Beorn's house, Dori tells Ori to stay away from the door, and then says: "It's not natural. None of it." This is the exact same quote as Samwise Gamgee said to Frodo Baggins after climbing down their Elvish rope in the beginning of the film adaptation of The Two Towers.
In Rankin/Bass' adaptation of The Hobbit, Dori is voiced by John Stephenson.
In 2003 video game, The Hobbit, Dori was shown as having a long brown beard without mustache.
In The Lord of the Rings Online, Dori was a non-playable character first met in the Blue Mountains. Sometime before the War of the Ring, he was one of the Dwarves who participated in Dwalin's expedition to the Dourhands' lands, south of Thorin's Halls. Two years later, he was overseeing a mining business in North Downs when he got caught up and had to be rescued.
Voice Dubbing actorsEdit
|Foreign Language||Voice dubbing artist|
|Spanish (Latin America)||Daniel Abundis|
|Spanish (Spain)||Carles Sales|
|Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD)||Reinaldo Pimenta|
|Italian (Italy)||Roberto Stocchi|
|French (France)||Jean-Loup Horwitz|
|Czech Republic||Jiří Hromada|
|Thorin and Company|