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Dwalin son of Fundin
Dwalin, as he appears in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.


Biographical information

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Date of birth
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Likely FO 91
Realms ruled
War hammer, Dual Axes (Grasper & Keeper), Dagger, Knuckle Dusters

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Eye color

"It was a dwarf with a blue beard tucked into a golden belt, very bright eyes under his dark-green hood."
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Party

Dwalin was one of the Dwarves who travelled with Bilbo and Gandalf on the quest to regain the Lonely Mountain from Smaug. He is the brother of Balin.

Tall, moody, strong and very brave, Dwalin is a Dwarf through and through. A famous warrior and a powerful ally, Dwalin would like nothing more than to see the return of the Dwarven King under the Mountain.


Dwalin was the son of Fundin and younger brother of Balin (though he is taller); he is one of the least mentioned Dwarves in The Hobbit. He was the first dwarf to arrive at Bag End. He wore a dark green hood and a golden belt and had a blue beard. He and his brother Balin played viols as big as themselves.[1] Dwalin lent a green hood and cloak to Bilbo when they set out on their journey.

Contrary to popular fandom belief, nothing about Dwalin's life post-BOFA is cited in any of Tolkien's works. Whether or not he had children is merely speculation, as none are listed for him in Gimli's genealogy.

Dwalin supposedly died sometime in the first hundred years of the Fourth Age at around 340 years old, very old even for a Dwarf. Popular belief is that Dwalin died in the year FO 91, but there was never any clear evidence that arose to support this theory.[2][3]

It is unknown whether Dwalin fought against Sauron's forces in the Battle of Dale.

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

Rankin/Bass filmsEdit

In the 1977 animated version of The Hobbit, he was voiced by Jack DeLeon. (The Hobbit (Animated, 1977))

The Hobbit film trilogyEdit

In Peter Jackson's live-action adaptation, he was portrayed by Scottish actor Graham McTavish. The studio released the following statement regarding Dwalin in the trilogy:


Dwalin in the pantry at Bag End

Renowned as a great Warrior, Dwalin speaks his mind plainly and is not one to suffer fools lightly. Fiercely loyal, he was Thorin Oakenshield's staunchest supporter with an unshakeable belief in his friend's leadership. A powerful and bruising fighter, Dwalin has a natural tendency to distrust anyone who is not a Dwarf and is particularly suspicious of Elves. Proud, brave and one of the tallest of the Dwarves, Dwalin will bow to none but those who have earned his respect.

A younger Dwalin (with a mohawk) is shown fighting alongside Thorin at the Battle of Azanulbizar, duelling with Bolg, son of Azog.

During the events of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Dwalin has his weapons stripped from him after being captured by the wood elves of Mirkwood. Following the company's escape and their encounter with Bard the Bowman, Dwalin openly voices his mistrust of Bard; suggesting that they throw him overboard and take his boat by force. He later equips himself with a large two-handed mace from Lake Town's armory for the raid on the Lonely Mountain. (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013))

Voice Dubbing actorsEdit

Foreign Language Voice dubbing artist
Spanish (Latin America) Enrique Cervantes
Spanish (Spain) Gonzalo Abril
Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD) Ronaldo Júlio
Italian (Italy) Bruno Conti
German Tilo Schmitz
French (France) Philippe Catoire
Czech Republic Tomáš Karger
Hungarian Attila Epres
Polish Jan Janga-Tomaszewski

Video gamesEdit

In The Lord of the Rings Online, after Thorin's death, Gormr Doursmith took over Thorin's Halls' leadership but with his consequent defeat at the hands of Dwalin, Dwalin became Lord of the Longbeards in the Blue Mountains and Steward of Thorin's Halls. Before the War of the Ring, he led an expedition to Dourhands' territory, south of the city. Some members of his party fell ill to a strange disease, but were cured later by a fellow Longbeard who had discovered a cure at Dwalin's request. Eventually he discovered the source and stopped it, however he failed to prevent the resurrection of Skorgrim, the ancient King of the Dourhands. Under his leadership, the Longbeards recovered the region from the Dourhands. Dwalin says that he tries to rule the Halls as well as Thorin would in his tribute. He claims he hasn't seen his brother Balin for a while and also that he misses the Lonely Mountain.

Behind the ScenesEdit

Tolkien borrowed the name from Dvalinn, a Dwarf from Norse mythology.

Each of the Hobbit film's actors had a voice in the nature and design of their own weaponry.  Graham McTavish, who plays Dwalin, named the dwarf's twin battle axes Grasper and Keeper because when they were first shooting tests for Dwalin, Graham McTavish said "This one Grasps your soul, this one keeps it" about his Dwarven axes.

Dwalin's Family TreeEdit



Weta - Dwalin's Armor
Dwalin's Battle of Azanulbizar armor by Weta Workshop
Dwalin during The Hobbit.
Younger dwalin
A younger Dwalin.
An older Dwalin.
Grasper and Keeper, Dwalin's battleaxes from Peter Jackon's The Hobbit.
Close up of Dwalin's hammer.
Dwalin in the animated version of The Hobbit.
Figurine of Dwalin manufactured by Games Workshop.
Dwalin as portrayed in The Lord of the Rings Online.
Young Dwalin, miniature by Games Workshop.
Lego Dwalin
LEGO Dwalin


  1. The Hobbit, Chapter I: "An Unexpected Party"
  2. The Hobbit
  3. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth

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