- "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 the son of Fundin and younger brother of Balin, Dwalin 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. 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.
Portrayal in adaptationsEdit
The Hobbit film trilogyEdit
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.
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|
|French (France)||Philippe Catoire|
|Czech Republic||Tomáš Karger|
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 after two dogs owned by Emily Bronte.
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