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| name = Balin
 
| name = Balin
 
| othernames =
 
| othernames =
| title = Lord of [[Moria]], [[Dwarf]] guardian of [[Erebor]].
 
 
| birth = [[TA 2763]] (in book), TA 2725 (in films)
 
| birth = [[TA 2763]] (in book), TA 2725 (in films)
 
| rule = [[TA 2989]]
 
| rule = [[TA 2989]]
 
| death = [[TA 2994]]
 
| death = [[TA 2994]]
| realms = [[Khazad-dûm]]
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| realm = [[Erebor]]
 
| spouse = Unknown
 
| spouse = Unknown
 
| weapon = Dagger, Sword / Mace
 
| weapon = Dagger, Sword / Mace
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{{quote|What have we done, O king? Is it a crime to be lost in the forest, to be hungry and thirsty, to be trapped by spiders?|''[[The Hobbit]],'' "[[Barrels Out Of Bond]]"}}
 
   
 
'''Balin''' was a [[Dwarf]] leader, the son of [[Fundin]], and elder brother of [[Dwalin]]. He was one of the [[Thorin and Company|thirteen Dwarves]] who accompanied [[Thorin II Oakenshield]] on the quest to regain the lost kingdom of the [[Lonely Mountain]].
 
'''Balin''' was a [[Dwarf]] leader, the son of [[Fundin]], and elder brother of [[Dwalin]]. He was one of the [[Thorin and Company|thirteen Dwarves]] who accompanied [[Thorin II Oakenshield]] on the quest to regain the lost kingdom of the [[Lonely Mountain]].
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A Dwarf Lord, Balin was old and wise, he was one of Thorin's closest friends and advisors, and was always willing to listen and offer wise counsel. Balin is distantly related to Thorin, and is a descendant of the noble house of Durin.
 
A Dwarf Lord, Balin was old and wise, he was one of Thorin's closest friends and advisors, and was always willing to listen and offer wise counsel. Balin is distantly related to Thorin, and is a descendant of the noble house of Durin.
   
He later went to reestablish the old kingdom of dwarves, [[Moria]], where he achieved the title '''Lord of Moria'''. His brief rule was ended when he was later killed by [[Goblins]].
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He later went to reestablish the kingdom of dwarves, [[Erebor]], where he was later killed by [[Orcs]].
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
===Early Life===
 
===Early Life===
   
Balin was a [[Dwarf]], son of [[Fundin]], and likely born in the [[Lonely Mountain]] before the coming of [[Smaug]] the [[Dragon]]. He had a younger brother named [[Dwalin]] and was one of those driven from their homes when the dragon Smaug attacked the Lonely Mountain. Afterwards he may have lived in [[Dunland]] as a refugee. He fought in the [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]]. Many years later, in approximately [[TA 2841]], he accompanied [[Thráin II]], the father of Thorin, when he attempted to go back to the Lonely Mountain himself, but Thráin was captured and lost. Unsuccessful in their search for him, Balin and the others went back to live with Thorin in his [[Dwarven Halls of the Blue Mountains|settlement in the Blue Mountains]].
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Balin was a [[Dwarf]], son of [[Fundin]], and likely born in the [[Lonely Mountain]] before the coming of [[Smaug]] the [[Dragon]]. He had a younger brother named [[Dwalin]] and was one of those driven from their homes when the dragon Smaug attacked the Lonely Mountain. Afterwards he may have lived in [[Dunland]] as a refugee. He fought in the [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]]. Many years later, in approximately [[TA 2841]], he accompanied [[Thráin II]], the father of Thorin, when he attempted to go back to the Lonely Mountain himself, but Thráin was captured and lost.
   
 
===The Quest of Erebor===
 
===The Quest of Erebor===
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Balin was part of the [[Thorin and Company|company]] assembled by Thorin Oakenshield that journeys to the Lonely Mountain with [[Bilbo Baggins]] and [[Gandalf]] to defeat Smaug and retake the mountain kingdom of Erebor. He was the second Dwarf to arrive at Bilbo's house, where like his brother [[Dwalin]] he played a viol as big as himself. Among the Dwarves of the company, Balin was the second-eldest dwarf on the quest, and loosely, held the position of deputy leader. He led the Dwarves in their escape from the [[spiders]] and, when Thorin was absent, spoke for the party when the Elven King [[Thranduil]] captured them.
 
Balin was part of the [[Thorin and Company|company]] assembled by Thorin Oakenshield that journeys to the Lonely Mountain with [[Bilbo Baggins]] and [[Gandalf]] to defeat Smaug and retake the mountain kingdom of Erebor. He was the second Dwarf to arrive at Bilbo's house, where like his brother [[Dwalin]] he played a viol as big as himself. Among the Dwarves of the company, Balin was the second-eldest dwarf on the quest, and loosely, held the position of deputy leader. He led the Dwarves in their escape from the [[spiders]] and, when Thorin was absent, spoke for the party when the Elven King [[Thranduil]] captured them.
   
He is described as "always their look-out man": He spots Bilbo approaching [[The Green Dragon Inn]] at [[Bywater]], he spots the [[troll]]s' fire, and he's the first to spot the [[Elves]] in [[Mirkwood]]. He noted that not even a mouse had ever passed him on watch, and wondered why he did not notice Bilbo (hidden by wearing [[One Ring|the magic ring]]) when he was lookout for the company after escaping the [[Goblins]] in the [[Misty Mountains]].
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He is described as "always their look-out man": He spots Bilbo approaching [[The Green Dragon Inn]] at [[Bywater]], he spots the [[troll]]s' fire, and he's the first to spot the [[Elves]] in [[Mirkwood]]. He noted that not even a mouse had ever passed him on watch, and wondered why he did not notice Bilbo (hidden by wearing [[One Ring|the magic ring]]) when he was lookout for the company after escaping the [[Orcs]] in the [[Misty Mountains]].
   
 
Balin gained respect for Bilbo's abilities, and was the only dwarf who volunteered to accompany Bilbo down the secret passage to Smaug's chamber. Of all the Dwarves in the quest, Balin was the only one known to have visited Bilbo at [[Bag End]] after their experiences on the quest for the Lonely Mountain.
 
Balin gained respect for Bilbo's abilities, and was the only dwarf who volunteered to accompany Bilbo down the secret passage to Smaug's chamber. Of all the Dwarves in the quest, Balin was the only one known to have visited Bilbo at [[Bag End]] after their experiences on the quest for the Lonely Mountain.
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[[File:Balin's_death.png|thumb|350px|Balin at his death bed]]
 
[[File:Balin's_death.png|thumb|350px|Balin at his death bed]]
   
Balin later led an expedition in an attempt to reclaim the ancient dwarf kingdom of [[Moria]], hoping to regain both the wealth of Khazad-dûm and the last of the [[Seven Rings]] of the Dwarves. Ultimately, the search for the ring—which conferred great wealth and a curse of greed on its owners—was in vain, as it had been recaptured from [[Thráin II]] by [[Sauron]]. According to [[Ori]]'s [[Book of Mazarbul]], Balin did successfully become Lord of Moria for a time, recovering [[Durin's Axe]], a helm and discovering [[Mithril]]. Balin himself was killed by an [[Orc]] [[archer]] in the [[Dimrill Dale]] in [[TA 2994]], ambushed while going alone to look in Mirromere ([[Kheled-zâram]]). Soon afterward the dwarf colony - which was too small for a kingdom - was eventually overrun by [[Orcs]] (led by the [[Balrog]] known as [[Durin's Bane]]) and wiped out.
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Balin later led an expedition in an attempt to reclaim the ancient dwarf kingdom of [[Erebor]], hoping to regain both the wealth of Erebor and the last of the [[Seven Rings]] of the Dwarves. Ultimately, the search for the ring—which conferred great wealth and a curse of greed on its owners—was in vain, as it had been recaptured from [[Thráin II]] by [[Sauron]]. Balin himself was killed by an [[Orc]].
   
===Balin's Tomb===
 
 
The fate of Balin's colony remained uncertain to all [[Middle Earth|Middle-earth]] until the [[TA 3019]] arrival in Moria of the [[Fellowship of the Ring]], which included his close kin (first cousin once removed) [[Gimli]], the son of Balin's cousin [[Glóin]] and nephew of Óin.<ref>''[[The Hobbit]]''</ref><ref>''[[The Complete Guide to Middle-earth]]''</ref><ref>''[[Unfinished Tales]]'', Part Three: The Third Age, chapter III: "[[The Quest of Erebor]]"</ref> Upon arriving at [[The Chamber of Mazarbul]] and finding [[Balin's Tomb]] within, the Fellowship learned of his fate within Moria, which saddened and angered Gimli, for on the single oblong block, about two feet high, were [[Dwarf Runes]] that Gandalf translated as:<ref>''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring (novel)|The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', Book Two, Chapter IV: "[[A Journey in the Dark]]"</ref>
 
 
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BALIN SON OF FUNDIN<br />
 
LORD OF MORIA
 
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==Etymology==
 
 
As explained by [[Christopher Tolkien]], "My father's point was that ''Balin'' and ''Fundin'' are actual Old Norse names used as ‘translations’ [of their] ''real'' ‘outer’ names."<ref>Hammand and Scull, ''[[The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion|The Lord of the Rings – A Reader's Companion]]'' (2005), p. 289.</ref>
 
 
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==Portrayal in adaptations==
 
===Rankin/Bass version===
 
 
In the [[1977]] [[Rankin/Bass]] animated version of ''The Hobbit'', Balin was voiced by [[wikipedia:Don Messick|Don Messick]].
 
===The Hobbit film trilogy===
 
 
In [[Peter Jackson]]'s three-part adaptation is portrayed by Scottish actor [[Ken Stott]]. He is ranked as the eldest and wisest member of Thorin's party, in contrast to the book where Thorin is Balin's elder by about twenty years. Whereas in the book he wields a battleaxe, Balin in the Peter Jackson films uses a bronze sword with a unique cross-shaped tip (promotional material however describes the weapon as a flat-bladed mace).  The studio released the following statement about Balin in the upcoming trilogy:
 
   
 
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|Balin.png|Balin
 
|Balin.png|Balin
|H-1-0236-balin.jpg|Balin in the animated version of ''[[The Hobbit (1977 animated film)|The Hobbit]]''
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|H-1-0235-dwalin.jpg|Balin in the animated movie "The Hobbit".
 
|Young Balin.png|Balin after the [[Battle of Azanulbizar]]
 
|Young Balin.png|Balin after the [[Battle of Azanulbizar]]
|Balin'ssword.jpg|Balin's sword/mace from Peter Jackson's ''The Hobbit''
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|Balin'ssword.jpg|Balin's sword from Peter Jackson's ''The Hobbit''
 
|DainBalinMini.jpg|Balin miniature by Games Workshop, for the ''[[The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game]]''
 
|DainBalinMini.jpg|Balin miniature by Games Workshop, for the ''[[The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game]]''
 
|Durin's grave.jpg|[[Balin's Tomb]]
 
|Durin's grave.jpg|[[Balin's Tomb]]

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Balin was a Dwarf leader, the son of Fundin, and elder brother of Dwalin. He was one of the thirteen Dwarves who accompanied Thorin II Oakenshield on the quest to regain the lost kingdom of the Lonely Mountain.

A Dwarf Lord, Balin was old and wise, he was one of Thorin's closest friends and advisors, and was always willing to listen and offer wise counsel. Balin is distantly related to Thorin, and is a descendant of the noble house of Durin.

He later went to reestablish the kingdom of dwarves, Erebor, where he was later killed by Orcs.

Biography

Early Life

Balin was a Dwarf, son of Fundin, and likely born in the Lonely Mountain before the coming of Smaug the Dragon. He had a younger brother named Dwalin and was one of those driven from their homes when the dragon Smaug attacked the Lonely Mountain. Afterwards he may have lived in Dunland as a refugee. He fought in the War of the Dwarves and Orcs. Many years later, in approximately TA 2841, he accompanied Thráin II, the father of Thorin, when he attempted to go back to the Lonely Mountain himself, but Thráin was captured and lost.

The Quest of Erebor

Balin - The Hobbit

Balin visits Bilbo

Balin was part of the company assembled by Thorin Oakenshield that journeys to the Lonely Mountain with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf to defeat Smaug and retake the mountain kingdom of Erebor. He was the second Dwarf to arrive at Bilbo's house, where like his brother Dwalin he played a viol as big as himself. Among the Dwarves of the company, Balin was the second-eldest dwarf on the quest, and loosely, held the position of deputy leader. He led the Dwarves in their escape from the spiders and, when Thorin was absent, spoke for the party when the Elven King Thranduil captured them.

He is described as "always their look-out man": He spots Bilbo approaching The Green Dragon Inn at Bywater, he spots the trolls' fire, and he's the first to spot the Elves in Mirkwood. He noted that not even a mouse had ever passed him on watch, and wondered why he did not notice Bilbo (hidden by wearing the magic ring) when he was lookout for the company after escaping the Orcs in the Misty Mountains.

Balin gained respect for Bilbo's abilities, and was the only dwarf who volunteered to accompany Bilbo down the secret passage to Smaug's chamber. Of all the Dwarves in the quest, Balin was the only one known to have visited Bilbo at Bag End after their experiences on the quest for the Lonely Mountain.

Expedition and Death

Balin&#039;s death

Balin at his death bed

Balin later led an expedition in an attempt to reclaim the ancient dwarf kingdom of Erebor, hoping to regain both the wealth of Erebor and the last of the Seven Rings of the Dwarves. Ultimately, the search for the ring—which conferred great wealth and a curse of greed on its owners—was in vain, as it had been recaptured from Thráin II by Sauron. Balin himself was killed by an Orc.


A descendant of nobility and a Dwarf Lord in his own right, Balin is one of the oldest members of The Company of Dwarves. Wise and gentle by nature, he has been forced to live a life fraught with war and the ongoing struggle for survival. Related to Thorin Oakenshield, Balin is one of his closest, most trusted advisers – but deep in his heart, this wisest and most loyal of Dwarves harbors troubling doubts about the wisdom of the Quest for the Lonely Mountain.

In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Balin persuades Bard the Bowman to take them safely to Lake-town in return for a huge amount of money (double Bard's usual barge fare), an event that did not occur in the book.

Personality

Balin is portrayed to be the wiser, more social and skeptical individual in Thorin and Company. He is kind, sly and brave, an excellent fighter. Thorin, at one point, quoted on Balin's skill as a fighter. He develops an essentially strong relationship with the other Dwarves he travelled with and was willing to fight alongside them for any cause. He was sympathetic, sometimes cynical, towards Bilbo Baggins, remarking that the latter wasn't fit for the job they had set out to do. He got on brilliantly with Thorin, and seemed to share something of a grandfatherly view of the latter.

Behind the Scenes

Each of the Hobbit film's actors had a voice in the nature and design of their own weaponry. Ken Stott, who plays Balin, asked the filmmakers for a weapon "somewhere between an axe and a sword."

Appearances

In the Films

In the Books

Trivia

  • While in the Book, Balin is about twenty years younger than Thorin, in Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation, Balin is ranked as the oldest member of the company.
  • In the 1977 Rankin/Bass adaptation of 'The Hobbit', Balin, voiced by Don Messick, is one of the few dwarves to have a major role in the film.
  • In Peter Jackson's films, Balin fights with a weapon with similarities of a sword and a mace, which Ken Stott, asked for himself.
  • Of all the dwarves on the quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain, Balin was the only dwarf to visit Bilbo Baggins after the journey.

Voice Dubbing actors

Foreign Language Voice dubbing artist
Japanese Takashi Inagaki (稲垣隆史)
French (France) Jean-Claude Donda
Spanish (Latin America) Jaime Vega
Spanish (Spain) Jordi Vila
German Alexander Pelz
Italian (Italy) Carlo Valli
Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD) Pádua Moreira / Isaac Schneider (AUJ)
Polish Zdzisław Wardejn
Czech Oldřich Vlach
Slovak Dušan Kaprálik
Hungarian Endre Botár
Russian Aleksei Borzunov (Борзунов, Алексей Алексеевич) † (AUJ)
Boris Bystrov (Быстров, Борис Евгеньевич) (DOS)
Ukrainian Eugen Maluha (Євге́н Малу́ха)
Thai Suphap Chaiwisutthikun (สุภาพ ไชยวิสุทธิกุล)
Translations around the World
Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ባሊን
Arabic بالين
Armenian Բալին
Assyrian ܒܐܠܪܢ ?
Belarusian Балін
Bengali বালিন্
Bulgarian Балин
Chinese (Hong Kong) 巴林
Dari بالین
Georgian ბალინი
Greek Μπάλιν
Gujarati બલિન્
Hindi बलिन्
Japanese バーリン
Kazakh Балін
Korea 발린
Kurdish بالین
Kyrgyz Балин
Macedonian Балин
Mongolian Балин
Nepali बलिन्
Norwegian Balin
Pashto بالین
Russian Балин
Sanskrit बलिन्
Serbian Балин (Cyrillic) Balin (Latinised)
Siamese (Thai) บาลิน
Sinhala බලින්
Tajik Балин
Tamil பலிந் ?
Telugu బలిన్
Tibetan བལིན​
Tigrinya ባሊን
Ukrainian Балин
Urdu بالین
Uyghur بالىن
Uzbek Балин (Cyrillic) Balin (Latinised)
Yiddish באַלין

Gallery

Balin
Balin
H-1-0235-dwalin
Balin in the animated movie "The Hobbit".
Young Balin
Balin after the Battle of Azanulbizar
Balin&#039;ssword
Balin's sword from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit
DainBalinMini
Balin miniature by Games Workshop, for the The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game
Durin&#039;s grave
Balin figure
Balin figurine by Games Workshop for The Hobbit Strategy Battle Game
YoungBalin
Young Balin miniature, by Games Workshop
Lego Balin
LEGO Balin minfigure
BalinPoster
Balin on a promotional poster


References

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