Bombur was a Dwarf who accompanied Thorin Oakenshield and Bilbo Baggins on their journey to the Lonely Mountain as a part of the company, alongside his brother Bofur and cousin Bifur. Bombur was by far the fattest Dwarf in the company.
Bombur's parentage is unknown. He is the brother of Bofur and cousin of Bifur. Bombur was not of Durin's line, although he was descended from the Dwarves of Moria. His birth date is unknown, though it fell somewhere between TA 2763 and TA 2859; the brothers Fíli and Kíli were the youngest of the thirteen "by some fifty years," and, after Thorin was captured, Balin was "the eldest left." Fíli was born in TA 2859, and Balin was born in TA 2763. Bombur was thus roughly 150 years old during the quest. Prior to the journey, Bombur likely resided in the Blue Mountains alongside Thorin, after the loss of Thráin II.
Journey to the Lonely Mountain
Bombur was the twelfth Dwarf arriving at Bag End to attend the meeting arranged by Gandalf, where the quest to reclaim Erebor began. Because he was commonly considered to count for two dwarves due to his girth, he was the last to arrive at Beorn's house and the last to cross the Enchanted stream in Mirkwood. Bombur tumbled with Bifur and Bofur onto Thorin when they first entered Bag End. He chose to stay and guard the camp and supplies while the others moved up the Lonely Mountain, because he trusted neither mountain paths nor ropes to stay intact under his weight. However, he was later forced to use the ropes to escape the rampaging dragon Smaug before he could be slain.
Bombur fell asleep at several key moments during the journey to the Lonely Mountain. When he was violently knocked into the Mirkwood River by an aggressive stag, he fell under a spell which caused him to sleep for several days, burdening the others with his weight as they traveled. During a midnight lookout in the fortified Lonely Mountain, Bilbo promised to keep watch to allow Bombur to rest. Bilbo used this opportunity to sneak the Arkenstone out of the mountain and deliver it to the Elvenking and Bard the Bowman. Incidentally, Bombur was asleep when they opened the barrel in which he escaped from the Elves of Mirkwood. He was also asleep when Bilbo discovered the secret entrance to Lonely Mountain. Bombur often followed the company last during their travels. When the Dwarves, Gandalf, and Bilbo met the skin-changer Beorn, Bombur came last, at the request of Gandalf, and only after Bifur and Bofur left him behind to enter Beorn's house themselves. He fought and survived along with most of the company at the Battle of the Five Armies. After the defeat of Smaug, Bombur received his share of the treasure and remained at the Lonely Mountain until the end of his days.
In The Lord of the Rings, many years later while in Rivendell, Frodo Baggins learned from Glóin that Bombur had grown so fat it that it now took several Dwarves simply to lift him from his couch to the dinner table. It was unlikely that Bombur fought in the Battle of Dale due to his encumbering size.
Weapons and abilities
In Peter Jackson's Hobbit film trilogy, Bombur can be seen using a number of different weapons and tools to combat enemies. His primary weapon is an iron ladle, which he wields during An Unexpected Journey. He also uses a cleaver or butcher's knife to slash enemies. In The Desolation of Smaug, he employs the same weapons but usually wields an axe. However, his greatest weapon is his size which he uses to crush and bounce away opponents. Bombur and his family are not classically trained fighters, but are lethal with any sort of tool in their hands.
He also is surprisingly agile for a dwarf of his size and weight, and is quite capable of performing stunts. In the second film, for example, he pole vaults into a barrel with startling precision. He has an astonishing degree of durability, and can withstand a hard landing on a great number of Orcs, and also absorbs an incredible amount of momentum in the process, without breaking a limb or causing himself any visible degree of injury. In addition, he is a quick thinker and uses his ingenuity frequently to help push past Orcs or leap across gaps.
Portrayal in Adaptations
The Hobbit film (1977)
In the animated version of The Hobbit, he plays the most major role in Thorin's company besides Balin and Dori. Unlike in the book, he was killed during the Battle of the Five Armies. He was voiced by Paul Frees.
The Hobbit film trilogy
Brother to Bofur and cousin to Bifur, Bombur is the chief cook amongst The Company of Dwarves. His immense size and voracious appetite causes frequent problems – and laughter – for himself and The Traveling Party. Despite his size he can be surprisingly effective as a fighter – and woe betide anyone who makes him late for dinner!
Unlike in the book, Bombur appears less frequently and has virtually no dialogue in the films other than grunts or retorts. In the extended edition of the third film, he speaks after the axe in Bifur's head is removed. Throughout the films he is largely a source of comic relief, most of which pertains to his size and love of eating; such as catching food in midair, being able to outrun his fellow Dwarves despite his girth, exceptional fighting skills, even under duress, breaking a table under his own weight with the addition of merely an ounce of food in his hand.
Bombur also appears as a hero card in the Lord Of The Rings card game, by Fantasy Flight games. He belongs to the Lore sphere, and has the text effect "When counting the number of Dwarf characters you control, Bombur counts as two."
Behind the Scenes
According to The History of The Hobbit by John D. Rateliff, in the never-completed third revision of The Hobbit, Bombur, along with Bifur and Bofur, was to become an honour-guard of sorts to Thorin. Such a change finds some evidentiary support in the book; Bifur, Bofur and Bombur all arrive at Bag End at the same time as Thorin, and they also climb up the same tree when the company is attacked by Wargs and Goblins.
Voice Dubbing actors
|Foreign Language||Voice dubbing artist|
|Spanish (Spain)||Joaquín Roca|
|Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD)||Anderson Coutinho|
|Italian (Italy)||Mauro Magliozzi|
|French (France)||Thierry Murzeau|
|Hungarian||Zoltán Barabás Kiss|
|Czech Republic||Milan Slepička|
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Chinese (Hong Kong)||龐伯|
|Kazakh||Бомбур (Cyrillic) Bomber (Latin)|