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Portrayal in adaptations
The Hobbit film trilogy
Alfrid is a character in The Hobbit film series. The character was referred to in the novel The Hobbit, at the end of Chapter 10 as one of the Masters Counselors but not by name. Tolkien doesn’t name any of counselors, so Peter Jackson called him Alfrid Lickspittle. He is played by actor Ryan Gage in the second and third films. In the trilogy, Alfrid advises the Master in matters of diplomacy, trade and the defense of Lake-town.
Alfrid was born in the Third Age as an orphan working as a kitchen boy, and been bullied, beaten, and spat which would later twist him, but had taught himself how to read. When the Master found his talent, he thought he would use someone who could read, and Alfrid became his servant and counselor. Throughout his life, Alfrid was quite content to empty the Master's chamber pot out the window without being revolted by the contents, while he looked forward to the day he might eventually take over from him. He had also treated the citizens as if they were dirt just as he was treated and distrusted the town's bargeman, Bard, as he was looked up by many of the citizens, and believed that he would lead an army to rebel against the Master.
In TA 2941, Alfrid stopped Bard the Bowman from entering Lake-town with barrels filled with fish (which was to hide Thorin and Company in order to smuggle them into the town) as he was not allowed to fill the barrels and ordered Braga and the guards to empty them into the lake. Bard then reminded Alfrid that food was scarce and threatened him if the citizens heard that the Master was dumping fish in the lake then a rebellion would start, causing Alfrid to immediately order the guards to stop and allow him to pass. He later threatened Bard that the Master was watching him and knows where he lived, but the bargeman found it too obvious because everyone knew where they all live due to the town's size.
Later on, Alfred warns the Master about Bard's rebellious attitude against him, and is ordered to send spies to watch his house. He was later present when the Dwarves were caught stealing weapons and persuading the Master if they take back the Lonely Mountain and slay the dragon Smaug the town will have their share of the treasure. The Master reluctantly agrees, only to just have his greedy hands on the share, and Alfrid felt the same way. Later, when Bard told his son Bain to hide the Black Arrow to use it later when the dragon arrives, Alfrid helps the guards by tripping Bard with the assistance of the Master knocking him unconscious with a stick to finish him off.
Voice Dubbing actors
|Foreign Language||Voice dubbing artist|
|Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD)||Jorge Lucas|
|Spanish (Latin America)||Luis Daniel Ramírez|
|Spanish (Spain)||Ángel de Gracia|
|Italian (Italy)||Franco Mannella|
Translations around the World
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Portuguese (Brazil)||Alfrid Lickspittle|
At heart, Alfrid is described to be a power-hungry sycophant, and his counsel could not always be relied upon to serve anyone other than himself.
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (First appearance)
- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
- LEGO The Hobbit: The Video Game