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Girion, as portrayed by Luke Evans, in The Hobbit (films).


Biographical information

Other names
Lord of Dale
Date of birth
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Realms ruled
Unnamed wife

Physical description

Hair color
Eye color

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]

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 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)

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Hong Kong) 吉瑞安
Russian Гирион

Appearances in the Books and FilmsEdit

In the booksEdit

In the filmsEdit

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"

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