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Wind lance
Wind lance
Background Information
Other Names
Usage Used to fire Black Arrows
Owners Lords of Dale
Films The Hobbit trilogy

The Wind Lance was a giant ranged weapon used by the Men of Dale and of Lake-town in the Third Age.

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

The Hobbit film trilogyEdit

They were crafted by the Dwarves of the Lonely Mountain. The wind lance itself resembles a giant crossbow or ballista (an ancient Roman weapon). It first appeared in Peter Jackson's film trilogy.

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Lord Girion of Dale mounts black arrows on to the Windlance and fires them at Smaug during a flashback. One of the arrows hits its mark but only loosens a scale. Girion is killed before he can finish Smaug off with the final black arrow.[1]

In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the Dwarves see the wind lance on the top of the tower.[2]

Finally, in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition, Smaug destroys the wind lance, which makes Bard need to use his son, Bain, as the bow for the Black Arrow.[3]


Girion shoots from the Wind Lance
Front wind lance
A Black Arrow being launched into the Wind Lance


  1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
  2. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
  3. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014, Extended Edition)

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