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.
It is also mentioned in The Hobbit that Girion had owned a necklace of five hundred emeralds, later found among the treasures hoarded by Smaug in the Lonely Mountain. Bard obtained this necklace from Dain Ironfoot, and in turn he gave it to the Elvenking Thranduil.
Portrayal in adaptationsEdit
The Hobbit film trilogyEdit
A flashback shows how Girion attempted to slay Smaug using black arrows fired from a mounted Dwarvish 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 and exposed his soft belly beneath. Unfortunately, Girion perished before the final arrow could be fired.
The last arrow was kept by his descendant Bard, who secretly hid for the time when Smaug awake and attacked Laketown once more. Bard, with the aid of his son, managed to hit Smaug's weak spot opened up by Girion, slaying the dragon and avenging Bard's ancestors.
It should be noted that there is no mention of Girion's last moments in Tolkien's publications/drafts, and it was created specifically for Jackson's films.
Girion appears as a downloadable playable character in LEGO The Hobbit: The Video Game, and wields a bow that allows him to shoot targets.
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|