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Girion

Biographical information

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Lord of Dale
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Date of death
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Unnamed wife
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Girion was the last Lord of Dale.

BiographyEdit

On TA 2770[1], 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.[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]

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

The Hobbit film trilogyEdit

Girion, Lord of Dale
Girion during the attack of Dale.
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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 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

In the filmsEdit


Preceded by:
Unknown
Lord of Dale
2700s ? – TA 2770
Followed by:
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

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  2. The Hobbit, "Fire and Water"
  3. The Hobbit, "Inside Information"

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