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"It was a dwarf with a blue beard tucked into a golden belt, very bright eyes under his dark-green hood."
The Hobbit describing Dwalin

Dwalin was one of the Dwarves who traveled with Bilbo and Gandalf as a member of Thorin and Company on the quest to regain the Lonely Mountain from the Dragon Smaug. He was the brother of Balin and the youngest son of Fundin.


Early life

Born in TA 2772, two years after the dragon Smaug had desolated Erebor, Dwalin was the son of Fundin and younger brother of Balin. After fighting in the Battle of Azanulbizar at the age of 27, Dwalin accompanied Thráin II and Thorin Oakenshield to settle peacefully in the northern Ered Luin.

Later in TA 2841, Dwalin, along with his brother Balin, and a few others accompanied Thráin when he left the Ered Luin on a Quest to reclaim Erebor. The small party was dogged by the emissaries of Sauron. In TA 2845, Thráin was captured one night when he and his companions sheltered under the eaves of Mirkwood from a black rain. After a fruitless search for their king, the Dwarves gave up and returned to Thorin to inform him the news.

Quest of Erebor

Dwalin was the first Dwarf to arrive, alone, at Bag End when the unexpected party planned by Thorin and Gandalf began at Bilbo Baggins' hobbit hole. He was wearing a dark-green hood and a golden belt, his tucked into the belt and walked in as if expected, which greatly surprised Bilbo. Soon Balin arrived and he and Dwalin sat talking while Bilbo kept answering the door for the arrival of more and more Dwarves. Later, when Bilbo griped aloud in his kitchen about the lack of help in setting out refreshments, Dwalin and Balin were the first (followed by Fíli and Kíli) to lend a hand. Later still, when the Dwarves filled Bag End with music, Dwalin played on a viol as big as himself.[1] Dwalin lent a green hood and cloak to Bilbo when they set out on their journey.

After Thorin's Company reclaimed the mountain from Smaug, Dwalin fought alongside his companions in the Battle of Five Armies. He survived the battle, and later received his fourteenth share of Smaug's hoard. He chose to live afterwards in Erebor under the rule of Dáin II Ironfoot, Thorin's cousin and now King under the Mountain.

Later life

Dwalin appears not to have joined his brother Balin's expedition to resettle Moria in TA 2989, meaning he was not among those who lost their lives there when the colony was overrun by orcs five years later. He was one of seven of the ten Dwarves of Thorin's company who were still living in Erebor when Frodo came to Rivendell in TA 3018, as reported by Glóin. After the War of the Ring was over, resulting in the defeat of Sauron and the destruction of the One Ring, Dwalin lived there throughout his life in the Fourth Age in Middle-earth and passed away in FO 91 at the great age of 340, considered later than any other known date of death for a member of Thorin and Company.[2][3]

Dwalin's family tree


Portrayal in adaptations

Dwalin (1977)

Rankin/Bass films

In the 1977 Rankin/Bass animated version of The Hobbit, Dwalin was voiced by Jack DeLeon, and though only having one line when the Back-door of Lonely Mountain saying to Thorin "Well what know?" and it is unknown whether he survived the Battle of Five Armis.

The Hobbit film trilogy

In Peter Jackson's live-action adaptation, he was portrayed by Scottish actor Graham McTavish. The studio released the following statement regarding Dwalin in the trilogy:

Dwalin in the pantry at Bag End

Renowned as a great Warrior, Dwalin speaks his mind plainly and is not one to suffer fools lightly. Fiercely loyal, he was Thorin Oakenshield's staunchest supporter with an unshakeable belief in his friend's leadership. A powerful and bruising fighter, Dwalin has a natural tendency to distrust anyone who is not a Dwarf and is particularly suspicious of Elves. Proud, brave and one of the tallest of the Dwarves, Dwalin will bow to none but those who have earned his respect.

A younger Dwalin (with a mohawk) is shown in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey fighting alongside Thorin at the Battle of Azanulbizar, dueling a Gundabad captain.

During the events of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Dwalin's weapons are stripped from him after being captured by the Wood-elves of Mirkwood. Following the company's escape and their encounter with Bard the Bowman, Dwalin openly voices his mistrust of Bard; suggesting that they throw him overboard and take his boat by force. He later equips himself with a large two-handed mace from Lake-town's armory for the raid on the Lonely Mountain.

In The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Dwalin, along with the other dwarves, follow Thorin as they barricade themselves inside Erebor. After Dain's army arrives and begins to fight Azog's huge orc army, Thorin refuses to aid his cousin. Dwalin tries to persuade Thorin to aid them, saying that Thorin is less of a man than he has even been. Dwalin then follows Thorin, Fili, and Kili to Ravenhill to fight Azog. He witnesses Fili's death, and later comes to Bilbo's aid and fights off the orcs. Dwalin then bows to Thorin's body after the battle. He is last seen with the rest of the company saying farewell to Bilbo.

Each of The Hobbit films' actors had a voice in the nature and design of their own weaponry. Graham McTavish, who plays Dwalin, named the Dwarf's twin battle axes Grasper and Keeper; when first shooting tests for Dwalin, McTavish said, "This one grasps your soul, this one keeps it" in regard to the axes.

Voice dubbing actors

Foreign Language Voice dubbing artist
Spanish (Latin America) Enrique Cervantes
Spanish (Spain) Gonzalo Abril
Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD) Ronaldo Júlio
Italian (Italy) Bruno Conti
German Tilo Schmitz
French (France) Philippe Catoire
Czech Republic Tomáš Karger
Slovak Milan Bahúl
Hungarian Attila Epres
Polish Jan Janga-Tomaszewski

Video games

In The Lord of the Rings Online, after Thorin's death, Gormr Doursmith took over Thorin's Halls' leadership but with his consequent defeat at the hands of Dwalin, Dwalin became Lord of the Longbeards in the Blue Mountains and Steward of Thorin's Halls. Before the War of the Ring, he led an expedition to Dourhands' territory, south of the city. Some members of his party fell ill to a strange disease, but were cured later by a fellow Longbeard who had discovered a cure at Dwalin's request. Eventually he discovered the source and stopped it, however he failed to prevent the resurrection of Skorgrim, the ancient King of the Dourhands. Under his leadership, the Longbeards recovered the region from the Dourhands. Dwalin says that he tries to rule the Halls as well as Thorin would in his tribute. He claims he hasn't seen his brother Balin for a while and also that he misses the Lonely Mountain.

In LEGO The Hobbit: The Video Game, Dwalin can use his hammer to push large Legos.

Behind the scenes

J.R.R. Tolkien borrowed the name from Dvalinn, a Dwarf from Norse mythology.

Contrary to belief among fans, nothing about Dwalin's life after the Quest of Erebor, save his date of death and the fact he continued to reside in the Lonely Mountain, is cited in any of Tolkien's works. Whether or not he had children is merely speculation, as none are listed for him in Gimli's genealogy.


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Dwalin's Battle of Azanulbizar armor by Weta Workshop
Dwalin during The Hobbit
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A younger Dwalin
An older Dwalin
Grasper and Keeper, Dwalin's battleaxes from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit
Close up of Dwalin's hammer
Dwalin in the animated "The Hobbit" film
Figurine of Dwalin manufactured by Games Workshop
Dwalin as portrayed in The Lord of the Rings Online
Young Dwalin miniature by Games Workshop
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LEGO Dwalin
Dwalin on a promotional poster
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Dwalin in The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, Khazad-dûm Expansion
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Dwalin in The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game The Hobbit: On the Doorstep Expansion


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ዽዋሊን
Arabic دوالين
Armenian Դւալին
Belarusian Cyrillic Дўалін
Bengali ডিবলিং ?
Bulgarian Cyrillic Дуалин
Chinese (Hong Kong) 德瓦林
Czech Dvalin
Georgian დვალინი
Greek Ντουάλιν
Gujarati દવાલિન
Hebrew דוואלין
Hindi ड्वलिन्
Japanese ドワーリン
Kannada ದ್ವಾಲಿನ್
Kazakh Дуалін (Cyrillic) Dvalin (Latin)
Korean 드와 린
Kurdish Diwalîn (Kurmanji Kurdish)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Дwалин
Macedonian Cyrillic Двалин
Marathi ड्वलिन
Mongolian Cyrillic Дүалин
Nepalese ड्वलिन्
Norwegian Dvalin
Pashto ضوالین
Persian ضوالین
Punjabi ਦਵਾਲਿਨ
Russian Двалин
Sanskrit ड्वलिन्
Serbian Дwалин (Cyrillic) Dwalin (Latin)
Tajik Cyrillic Дwалин
Tamil ட்வளின்
Telugu ద్వాలిన్
Ukrainian Cyrillic Дwалін
Urdu ضوالین ?
Uzbek Дwалин (Cyrillic) Dwalin (Latin)
Yiddish דוואַלין