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Glóin, as portrayed by Peter Hambleton


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Disambiguation: This is about Glóin who was Gimli's father. For King Glóin, son of Thorin I, see Glóin (King of Durin's Folk).

Glóin son of Gróin was one of the Dwarves of Thorin II Oakenshield's company who set out to reclaim Lonely Mountain in The Hobbit, and was the father of Gimli, a member of the Fellowship of the Ring.


Quest for Erebor

In TA 2799, Glóin was known to have fought in the Battle of Azanulbizar, the last battle of the War of the Dwarves and Orcs. In TA 2941, Glóin and his brother Óin, along with his cousins Dwalin and Balin were among the Dwarves accompanying Thorin and Company during their quest to the Lonely Mountain to recapture it from the dragon Smaug. He was noted for his skills with a tinderbox, and (along with his brother, Óin), was usually the one told to get a fire started whenever the Dwarves made camp. Gloin also fought in the Battle of the Five Armies.[1] After the battle, he settled in the Lonely Mountain.

War of the Ring

In October 25, 3018, he and his son Gimli attended the Council of Elrond in Rivendell, where he greeted Frodo Baggins at the welcome dinner, after Frodo's recovery from his wounding by the Witch-King of Angmar. He recounted the history of the Lonely Mountain and the Kingdom of Dale since Bilbo had left, including Balin's decision to leave the Lonely Mountain and re-found the Dwarfs' kingdom in Moria. At the Council of Elrond, his son Gimli also warned of the messengers from Mordor who had been threatening King Dain II Ironfoot, and seeking news of Bilbo and Frodo, and the One Ring.

After the Council of Elrond, he is mentioned no more by Tolkien, except for the date of his death in an appendix. It is unknown whether he fought against Sauron's forces in the Battle of Dale.

Glóin died in FO 15 at the age of 253 years.[2]

Glóin's Family Tree


Appearances in the Books and Films

In the books

In the films

In the games

Portrayal in adaptations

Lord of the Rings film trilogy

Glóin briefly appears in The Fellowship of the Ring as he and Gimli enter Rivendell; played in fact by John Rhys-Davies. (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)

The Hobbit film trilogy

In the film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), Glóin is portrayed by Peter Hambleton. Glóin is seen wielding axes that look identical to those carried by his son Gimli in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings films. The studio has released the following statement about the character in the upcoming films:

"Of all the members in The Company of Dwarves who set out on the Quest to The Lonely Mountain, Glóin is the most outspoken and opinionated and is not afraid to challenge authority. He has a tendency to be quick-tempered, but he is also strong, brave and loyal. Glóin is one of the only married Dwarves in the Company (there being a shortage of female Dwarves in general). His wife is an acclaimed beauty with a particularly fine beard. Glóin is also the proud father of a young son, Gimli, who will later grow up to become part of the famous Fellowship of the Ring."

In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Glóin is captured by Mirkwood's Elvenguard right after encountering the spiders. Legolas confiscates and speaks insultingly about portraits of Glóin's wife and his young son Gimli. Later, the rest of the Company pressure Glóin to contribute his remaining money to help pay for having Bard smuggle them into Lake-town. He gives in when he sees how close they are to the Lonely Mountain. (The Hobbit films)

Radio series

In The Hobbit (1968 radio series), he was voiced by Peter Baldwin. (1968 radio series)

Video games

  • He was also one of the 12 starting Hero cards found in the Lord of The Rings Card Game starter set by Fantasy Flight Games. That version of him was the one closest related to the Glóin from the Fellowship of the Ring. His ability allowed him to take in more resource tokens at the expense of health. (The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game)

Voice Dubbing actors

Foreign Language Voice dubbing artist
Spanish (Latin America) Rubén Trujillo
Spanish (Spain) Joaquín Gómez
Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD) Mauro Ramos
Italian (Italy) Claudio Fattoretto (AUJ) / Edoardo Siravo (DOS)
German Uli Krohm
French (France) Jean-Claude Sachot
Czech Republic Tomáš Borůvka
Slovak Karol Čálik
Hungarian Ákos Kőszegi
Polish Leon Charewicz

Translations around the World

Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Hong Kong) 葛羅音
Norwegian Gloin


Gloin's double knives
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Glóin in The Hobbit films.
Glóin at the Council of Elrond
Gloin's axe
Glóin's battle axe
Gloin THrow
Close up of Glóin's hand axe in his belt
Figurine of Glóin manufactured by Games Workshop
Glóin (left) in the 1977 animated version of "The Hobbit"
LEGO Gloin
Glóin in LEGO The Hobbit
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LEGO Old Glóin, as he appears in LEGO The Lord of the Rings: The Video Game


  1. The Hobbit
  2. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, III: "Durin's Folk"

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