Girion was the last Lord of Dale, who ruled from TA 2763 to his death in TA 2770.



Girion trying to prevent Smaug from terrorizing Dale

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,[1], 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.[2]

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.[3] Bard obtained this necklace from Dain Ironfoot, and in turn he gave it to the Elvenking Thranduil.

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

The Hobbit film trilogyEdit

Girion, Lord of Dale

Girion during the attack of Dale

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 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 it until Smaug awoke 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; they were created specifically for Jackson's films.

Video gamesEdit

Girion appears as a downloadable playable character in LEGO The Hobbit: The Video Game, and wields a bow.

Appearances in the books and filmsEdit

In the booksEdit

In the filmsEdit

Translations around the worldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Arabic جيريون
Armenian Գիրիոն
Belarusian Гіріон
Bulgarian Гирион
Chinese (Hong Kong) 吉瑞安
Georgian გირიონ
Greek Γιριον
Hebrew גיריון
Italian Girion 
Japanese ぎりおん
Kazakh Гіріон
Kurdish گيريۆن
Macedonian Гирион
Mongolian Гирион
Russian Гирион
Serbian Гирион (Cyrillic) Girion (Latinised)
Tajik Гирион
Ukrainian Ґіріон
Urdu گارااون ?
Uyghur گىرىون ?
Uzbek Гирион (Cyrillic) Girion (Latinised)
Yiddish גיריאָן
Lord of Dale
Preceded by
Girion Succeeded by
Bard I (New Kingdom, 174 years later)
TA 2763TA 2770


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Third Age"
  2. The Hobbit, Chapter XIV: "Fire and Water"
  3. The Hobbit, Chapter XII: "Inside Information"