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Bladorthin was king of an unknown location in the northeast of Middle-earth sometime in the late Third Age.


His realm was probably close in proximity to the Lonely Mountain, for in the last days of the Quest of Erebor, Thorin and Balin were said to wonder if Bladorthin's order was still intact:

"The spears made for the armies of the great King Bladorthin (long since dead), each had a thrice-forged head and their shafts were inlaid with cunning gold, but they were never delivered or paid for."[1]

Therefore Bladorthin may have ruled either Lake-town, Dale, Rhûn, Dorwinion, or another location. The coming of Smaug or Bladorthin's own death may have been the reason for the spears' delayed delivery.


The name's origin is untold, but it possibly combines the Sindarin words blador, meaning "wide plain", and thin, meaning "grey".

Earlier versions of the legendarium

In the first draft of The Hobbit, the name Bladorthin was given to Gandalf's character. In the final copy, however, the name only survives in this way.[1]


Foreign Language Translated name
Arabic بلادورتهين
Armenian Բլադորթին
Belarusian Cyrillic Бладортин
Bengali ব্লাডরথিন
Bulgarian Cyrillic Бладортин
Danish Kong Bladorthin
Greek Μπλαδορθιν
Gujarati બ્લેડોર્થીન
Hebrew בלאדורתין
Hindi ब्लाडोरथिन
Japanese ブラドールシン
Kannada ಬ್ಲಾಡೋರ್ಟಿನ್
Kazakh Бладортин (Cyrillic) Bladortïn (Latin)
Korean 블라도르틴
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Бладортин
Macedonian Cyrillic Бладортин
Marathi ब्लेडॉर्थिन
Mongolian Cyrillic Бладортин
Nepalese ब्लेडोरथिन
Persian بلادورتهین
Russian Бладортин
Serbian Бладортин (Cyrillic) Bladortin (Latin)
Sinhalese බ්ලැඩෝටින්
Tajik Cyrillic Бладортин
Telugu బ్లదొర్థిన్
Tamil பிளாடோரத்தின்
Ukrainian Cyrillic Бладортін
Urdu بلادورٹہان
Yiddish בלאַדאָרטהין


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Hobbit, Chapter XII: "Inside Information"