Born in TA 2732, Girion became the Lord of Dale and ruled the city peacefully with the Dwarves of Erebor. However, in the year TA 2770,, he was killed when the dragon Smaug destroyed Dale and the neighboring Dwarven realm of Erebor. However, his wife (name unknown) and son escaped. One-hundred and seventy-four years later, Bard, Girion's descendant, took revenge on the dragon, slaying him by shooting an arrow into a small gap in the old dragon's scales, which was the only vulnerable spot on his body.
Portrayal in adaptationsEdit
The Hobbit film trilogyEdit
In the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Girion is portrayed by Luke Evans, who also plays his descendant Bard. A flashback shows how Girion attempted to slay Smaug using black arrows fired from a mounted windlance crossbow, but all his shots bounced harmlessly off the dragon's armour, all except for one, which broke off one of the dragon's scales. Unfortunately, Girion perished before the final arrow could be fired. The last arrow was kept by his descendant Bard, who secretly hid it if Smaug awakens and attack Laketown once more.
It should be noted that in the films, Girion uses a Dwarvish windlance to knock a scale off of Smaug, thus exposing his soft belly beneath. There is no mention of this in the text, and was created specifically for the film. (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
Appearances in the Books and FilmsEdit
In the booksEdit
- The Hobbit (First mentioned)
In the filmsEdit
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (First appearance and extended edition only)
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Translations around the WorldEdit
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Chinese (Hong Kong)||吉瑞安|
|Serbian||Гирион (Cyrillic) Girion (Latinised)|
|Uzbek||Гирион (Cyrillic) Girion (Latinised)|
|Lord of Dale|
| Preceded by|
|Girion|| Succeeded by|
Bard I (New Kingdom, 174 years later)
|TA 2763 – TA 2770|
|Master of Laketown|
|Bard I • Bain • Brand • Bard II|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Third Age"
- ↑ The Hobbit, Chapter XIV: "Fire and Water"
- ↑ The Hobbit, Chapter XII: "Inside Information"