Girion was the last Lord of Dale.
On TA 2770, he was killed by the dragon Smaug when Smaug assaulted Dale and the neighboring Dwarven realm of Lonely Mountain (Erebor). However, his wife (name unknown) 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 in his body.
Portrayal in adaptationsEdit
The Hobbit film trilogyEditIn 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 should Smaug awaken and attack Laketown once more.
It should be noted that in the films, Girion uses a ballista 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.
Appearances in the Books and FilmsEdit
In the booksEdit
- The Hobbit (First mentioned)
In the filmsEdit
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (First appearance, extended edition only)
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
|Lord of Dale|
2700s ? – TA 2770
Bard I (New Kingdom, 174 years later)
|Known Rulers of Dale & Laketown|
|Lords of Dale:||Girion|
|Rulers of Laketown:||Master of Laketown|
|Kings of Dale:||Bard I | Bain | Brand | Bard II|
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
- ↑ The Hobbit, "Fire and Water"
- ↑ The Hobbit, "Inside Information"