Óin fought in the Battle of Azanulbizar along with Thorin Oakenshield, and in TA 2941 joined with Thorin and Company on the quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain (Erebor). Óin and his brother Glóin were usually in charge of preparing the fire for the Company. He fought in and survived the Battle of the Five Armies, and later settled in the Lonely Mountain along with many other of the dwarves of The Company of Thorin such as Bombur.
Forty-eight years later, in TA 2989, Óin went to Moria with Balin and others to recover the realm for the dwarves of Durin's Folk. While there, the Orcs of Moria attacked. The Dwarves could not escape by the eastern gate because the Orcs held the Bridge of Khazad-dûm, so they tried to escape by the Hollin Gate (the west gate out of Moria). But the water outside the door was right up to the wall, and the Watcher in the Water took Óin.
Portrayal in AdaptationsEdit
In Peter Jackson's Hobbit film trilogy, Óin is portrayed by John Callen. Although hard of hearing and requiring an ear trumpet to aid him, Oin is as fierce a warrior as the other members of Thorin's party and is lethally proficient with his iron-headed staff (in one scene he is shown swinging it over his head multiple times, killing numerous goblins at once). According to the studio release,
"Along with his brother Gloin, Óin was a distant cousin of Thorin Oakenshield. A brave Northern Dwarf, Óin joins The Company of Thorin Oakenshield out of a sense of loyalty to his kin, and also because he has a substantial sum of money invested in the venture. Well read, with an inquiring mind, Óin was the healer among the Company, often applying an herbal salve of his own invention – which has since come to be known as ‘ointment’ after its maker."
In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: A Visual Companion, writer Jude Fisher added additional background information, including the fact that Óin often acts as a midwife on those rare occasions when a Dwarf woman gives birth. Rumor has it that he personally delivered his nephew, Gimli, and dropped him on his head.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Book II, Chapter 5: "The Bridge of Khazad-dûm."
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Party pg. 17
- The Lord of the Rings: Many Meetings pg. 229
- The Lord of the Rings: The Council of Elrond pg. 241
- The Lord of the Rings: The Bridge of Khazad-dûm pg. 322
- The Lord of the Rings: Appendix A pg. 1079
|Dwarves of Middle-earth|
Azaghâl | Balin | Bifur | Bofur | Bombur | Borin | Dáin I | Dáin II Ironfoot | Dís | Dori | Durin(s) | Dwalin | Farin | Fíli | Flói | Frerin | Frár | Frór | Fundin | Gamil Zirak | Gimli | Glóin, King of Durin's Folk | Glóin | Gróin | Grór | Ibûn | Khîm | Kíli | Lóni | Mîm | Náin | Náin I | Náin II | Náli | Nár | Narvi | Nori | Óin | Ori | Telchar | Thorin I | Thorin II Oakenshield | Thorin III | Thráin I | Thráin II | Thrór
|Thorin and Company|