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"'Kíli at your service!’ said the one. ‘And Fíli!’ added the other; and they both swept off their blue hoods and bowed."
The Hobbit, Chapter I: "An Unexpected Party"

Fíli and Kíli were brothers, the youngest of the thirteen Dwarves who set out with Thorin Oakenshield's company, along with Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins, to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug.

Fíli and Kíli were the two most active Dwarves of Thorin's company, and apart from Balin, and possibly Bombur, they appeared more frequently as "individual" characters in Tolkien's novel than the rest of Thorin's companions, who were most often named only in "group" references to the entire company.


Fíli and Kíli were nephews of Thorin, who was the elder brother of their mother Dís. They were also nephews of Frerin, grandsons of Thráin II, and great-grandsons of Thrór. Fíli's most distinguishing feature was his long nose, the longest of any of the Dwarves in Thorin's company.[2]

As the youngest Dwarves, Fíli and Kíli had the sharpest eyes, and were often sent scouting or searching. It was they that found the Front Porch while in the Misty Mountains.[3]

With the other Dwarves, Fíli and Kíli encountered spiders and were later imprisoned by the Elvenking Thranduil.[4] They escaped the cells thanks to Bilbo, traveling down the river in barrels until they reached Lake-town.[5] The brothers accompanied Thorin and Bilbo to Lake-town while the others rested by the river.[6]

At the feet of the Lonely Mountain, Fíli and Kíli scouted Ravenhill and found the Front Gate with Balin and Bilbo. Also, with Bilbo, they found the side-door leading into the mountain.[7]

Both brothers were killed while defending the mortally wounded Thorin Oakenshield in the Battle of Five Armies, and all three were buried with honor.[8]

Talents and equipment

While on journeys, Fíli and Kíli both wore blue hoods, and played fiddles.[9] They each carried a spade, presumably to forage, and to aid in building firepits, barriers, and traps. While the books make no mention of Kíli carrying a bow, it is presumed by some readers.

House of Durin

Dáin I
Thráin II
Thorin II
Dáin II Ironfoot
Thorin III

Behind the scenes

Although Fíli is described as being the youngest in Chapter 8 of The Hobbit, in Appendix A of The Lord of the Rings his birth year is given as TA 2859 whereas Kíli's is given as TA 2864.

Kíli's burial

Some readers have pointed out that Fíli and Kili are the only two Dwarves of Thorin's company to die at the Battle of Five Armies, despite being treated more sympathetically by J.R.R. Tolkien than the rest. From this perspective, the "singling out" of Fíli and Kíli for death appears unusual. There are two possible (and not mutually exclusive) explanations for why Tolkien chose to treat these characters in this way.

Thorin Oakenshield was Fíli's and Kíli's maternal uncle. They were his "sister-sons." Tolkien often referred to the special relationship between maternal uncle and nephew in early Anglo-Saxon culture. In his 1953 essay and play about the Battle of Maldon, "The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth, Beorhthelm's Son," Tolkien refers to this bond twice; once in the essay itself and again during an exchange between the play's two characters, Tidwald and Torthelm. Torthelm, stumbling upon a slain English knight whom he mistakenly believes is Beorthnoth's nephew, exclaims "His sister-son! The songs tell us, ever near shall be at need nephew to uncle." Another example of this special bond is the relationship between Théoden and Éomer in The Lord of the Rings. Éomer is the son of Théoden's sister.

Viewed in this context, Fíli's and Kíli's defending Thorin to their death is a perfect example of the Old English concept of a special bond of love and loyalty between uncle and nephew.

Fíli's burial

A possible second factor in Tolkien's decision to kill off the two younger Dwarves at the end of The Hobbit concerns the succession to the throne of the Lonely Mountain. Thorin, patriarchal head of Durin's Folk, becomes King under the Mountain upon the death of the dragon Smaug. Dáin Ironfoot, his cousin and the eldest surviving direct descendant of Durin, succeeds him. However, had Fíli and Kíli not been killed at the Battle of Five Armies, then one of the two brothers might have assumed the kingship, as they would have been the sole surviving heirs of the senior line, albeit not in the male line. If the genealogy cited above in Appendix A of The Lord of the Rings is correct, Fíli would have been King under the Mountain. If Thorin's statement in The Hobbit that Fíli was the youngest is correct, then Kíli, as the older brother, would have become king. It could be that Tolkien had already envisioned the venerable Dáin as becoming king after the battle, and that he felt it would be somewhat awkward for one of the two young brothers to become King and play such a central role; when he noticed the problem of succession as he revised the book's draft, he decided that the noble deaths of the Dwarves defending Thorin was a fitting end.

A final note sometimes raised by fans of Tolkien's works concerns the age of Gimli relative to Fíli and Kíli. In the story of "The Quest for Erebor" that appears in Tolkien's Unfinished Tales, Gimli states that he was considered too young to join Thorin and Company on the quest. Gimli, according to Appendix A, was born in TA 2879, and was therefore 62 years old when the Dwarves and Bilbo set out for the Lonely Mountain. Fíli and Kíli, his cousins, were slightly older, being 82 and 77 years old respectively (if Appendix A is accepted as accurate). All three were still "minors" according to Dwarf-reckoning, and given that Dwarves commonly lived to over 250 years old, the age differences between the three young Dwarves were minimal, but Fíli and Kíli were Thorin's nephews, as well as his heirs, and therefore had a much stronger reason to accompany Thorin on the quest to restore his kingdom, while Gimli remained in the Blue Mountains with his mother.

Portrayal in adaptations

Fili and Kíli (1977)

Rankin/Bass films

In the animated version of The Hobbit, their roles are relatively minor compared to the book and have few lines; both brothers are voiced by Don Messick.

Fíli and Kíli at Bag End

The Hobbit film trilogy

In Peter Jackson's The Hobbit film trilogy, Fíli is portrayed by Dean O'Gorman and Kíli by Aidan Turner. While in the book they both have yellow hair and beards, in the films, only Fíli has golden hair, while Kíli has dark brown, almost black hair (an Orc refers to him as "the black-haired archer"). The following is from information released by the studio:

Fíli was born into the royal line of Durin and raised under the stern guardianship of his uncle, Thorin Oakenshield. Along with his brother Kíli, Fíli is one of the youngest Dwarves of The Company. He has never travelled far, nor ever seen the fabled Dwarf City of Erebor. A skilled fighter, Fíli sets off on the adventure ahead with little idea of the challenges and dangers that lie before him.

Younger brother to Fíli, Kíli is a loyal nephew to Thorin Oakenshield. Carefree and somewhat reckless, Kíli has led a charmed and untroubled life to this point. Handsome and physically able, Kíli possesses the invincible courage of youth. He is a skilled fighter and expert archer, having been trained with weapons from an early age. As one of the youngest of the Company of Dwarves, Kíli is determined to make his mark and prove his worth.

As in the books, Fíli and Kíli serve as the scouts of the Company. It is they who discover the ponies have gone missing in the Trollshaws and investigate the Trolls with Bilbo. Kíli is distinguished as the only member of the Company who carries a bow (unlike in the book, which implies more than one Dwarf had a bow), and he is shown to have proficient aim, taking out several Wargs when the Company are attacked on their way to Rivendell.

Fíli and Kíli are also shown as being some of the more adept fighters of the company. They, along with Dwalin, charge to the defence of Bilbo and attack Azog's wargs when cornered on the clifftop. Kíli also kills Grinnah in the fight in the caves where Goblin-town is located.

In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a romantic subplot develops between Kíli and Tauriel, a Silvan Elf who is a captain of Thranduil's guard in Mirkwood. When Kíli is surrounded by several Spiders and is left with no weapons to defend himself, Elves, led by Legolas and Tauriel, arrive and rescue Kíli from the spiders. Later, Tauriel notices Kíli holding a small talisman and inquires about it. He tells her that the talisman reminds him of the promise to return he made to his mother, Dís. They begin to talk, with Tauriel telling of her Elven love for the stars, and Kíli telling of the time he saw a great blood-moon (presumably a lunar eclipse), while Legolas listens unobserved from the shadows.

Soon the Company is rescued by Bilbo, using barrels from the wine cellars to escape. In the river they are stopped by the Elven-guard, who swing shut a portcullis across a narrow place in the river to block their passage, when suddenly both Elves and Dwarves are attacked by Bolg and his Orc troops. Kíli climbs up to operate the mechanism for opening the portcullis and is injured by an arrow to the leg. Tauriel saves him once again, Kíli is able to open the portcullis, and he continues down the river with the rest of the Company. Later Tauriel, having learned from an Orc captive that the arrow wounding Kíli was poisoned, follows the Dwarves (accompanied by Legolas) in order to save him.

In Lake-town, Kíli becomes gravely ill from the poisoned arrow and Thorin orders him left behind. Óin stays behind to tend him, and, when Fíli fails to change Thorin's mind, he defies his uncle in order to stay behind as well to be with his brother. Bofur is also left behind, having waken up too late after the Dwarves drunken celebration the night before. The Dwarves take refuge in Bard's home. Óin asks Bard if there is any kingsfoil and Bard says it's a weed they use to feed the pigs, so Bofur sets off to get some. Meanwhile, Bolg arrives and attacks the place, searching for Thorin. Legolas and Tauriel arrive just in time to kill the Orcs. As Legolas runs after the escaping Bolg, Tauriel stays and uses the kingsfoil Bofur has brought back (which she recognizes as athelas) to tend to Kíli's wound. Kíli, half in delirium, watches Tauriel as she heals him, speaking aloud of her beauty (to himself, as though believing himself to be in a dream) and wondering whether she could ever love him. Tauriel seems quite touched, and they hold hands.

Fíli and Kíli on Ravenhill during the Battle of Five Armies

In The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Fíli and Kíli survive the attack on Lake-town by Smaug, and proceed to Erebor along with Bofur and Óin. During the Battle of Five Armies, Thorin takes Fíli, Kíli, and Dwalin to pursue Azog. Thorin sends Fíli and Kíli to scout, not knowing they are about to be overrun by a second army of Gundabad Orcs. Bilbo comes to warn them, but it is too late. Fíli is the first one to be captured, and is later impaled by Azog in front of Thorin, Bilbo, and Dwalin, much to the horror of the latter three. Kíli, who is hiding underneath, sees the body of Fíli drop down. He attacks the Orcs in rage, and is later confronted by Bolg. He saves Tauriel from being attacked by Bolg, but is mortally wounded during the fight. Kíli dies with Tauriel by his side. Bolg is eventually killed by Legolas while Azog is killed by Thorin himself avenging the brothers.

Non-canonical Weapons

As shown in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug film, Fíli wields various weapons and hides them in his person. His most commonly used weapons are dual swords, knives, throwing axes, and a war hammer. Kíli, on the other hand, is the Company's archer, but is also shown using a sword.

Voice dubbing actors

Foreign Language Voice dubbing artist
Spanish (Latin America) Carlo Vázquez and Gabriel Ortiz
Spanish (Spain) Marc Zanni and Xavier Fernández
Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD) Clécio Souto and Marcos Souza
Italian (Italy) Corrado Conforti and Stefano Crescentini
German Tim Knauer and Stefan Günther
French (France) Alexandre Cross and Damien Boisseau
Czech Republic Vojtěch Hájek and Michal Holán
Slovak Juraj Hrčka and Martin Zatovič
Hungarian Gábor Seder and Dávid Szatory
Polish Marcin Przybylski and Paweł Ciołkosz

Video games

The loyal nephew of Thorin Oakenshield, Kíli is carefree and often reckless. Skilled in a wide range of weapons, Kíli possesses the invincible courage of youth, and is determined to prove his worth.
—Description of Kíli in The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age


Close up of one of Fíli's swords
Close up of Kíli's sword
Fíli (left) and Kíli in the 1977 version of The Hobbit
Figurine of Kíli manufactured by Games Workshop
Figurine of Fíli manufactured by Games Workshop
Replica of Fíli's warhammer, manufactured by Wicked Replicas
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Kíli's bow
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One of Fíli's knives
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One of Fíli's throwing axes
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Kíli's talisman
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LEGO Kíli with a bow
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LEGO Fíli with Lake-town armor
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LEGO Kíli with Lake-town armor
Fíli on a promotional poster
Kíli on a promotional poster
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Fíli on Battle of Five Armies poster
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Kíli on Battle of the Five Armies poster
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Fili in The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, The Hobbit: Over Hill and Under Hill Expansion
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Kíli in The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, The Hobbit: Over Hill and Under Hill Expansion


Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Fíli en Kíli
Albanian Fíli dhe Kíli
Armenian Ֆիլի անդ Կիլի
Azerbaijani Fíli və Kíli
Basque Filí eta Kili
Belarusian Філі і Кілі
Breton Fíli hag Kíli
Bulgarian Фили и Кили
Catalan Fíli i Kíli
Chichewa Fíli ndi Kíli
Chinese (Hong Kong) 菲力 (Fíli) 奇力 (Kíli)
Corsican Fili è Kíli
Croatian Fili i Kili
Czech Fíli a Kíli
Danish Fíli og Kíli
Dutch Fíli en Kíli
Esperanto Fíli kaj Kíli
Estonian Fíli ja Kíli
Filipino Fíli at Kíli
French Fíli et Kíli
Frisian Fíli en Kíli
Finnish Fíli ja Kíli
Galician Fíli e Kíli
German Fíli und Kíli
Greek ΦΙΛΟΙ και κοίλη
Haiti Creole Fíli ak Kíli
Hebrew פילי וקילי
Hmong Fíli thiab Kíli
Hungarian Fíli és Kíli
Icelandic Fíli og Kíli
Igbo Fíli na Kíli
Italian Fíli e Kíli
Irish Gaelic Fíli agus Kíli
Japanese フィーリとキリマンジャロ
Javanese Fíli lan Kíli
Korean 필리와 킬리
Latin Fíli et Kíli
Luxembourgish Fíli an Kíli
Malay Fíli dan Kíli
Maltese Fíli u Kíli
Manx Fíli as Kíli
Navajo Fíli do Kíli ?
Norwegian Fíli og Kíli
Persian فیلی و کیلی
Polish Fíli i Kíli
Portuguese (Brazil) Fili e Kili
Romanian Fíli și Kíli
Romany Fíli i Kíli
Russian Фили и Кили
Scottish Gaelic Fíli agus Kíli
Serbian Фили и Кили (Cyrillic) Fíli i Kíli (Latinised)
Shona Fíli uye Kíli
Slovenian Fili in Kili
Slovak Fili a Kili
Somali Fíli iyo Kíli
Spanish Fíli y Kíli
Sudanese Fíli jeung Kíli
Swahili Fíli na Kíli
Swedish Fíli och Kíli
Turkish Fili ve Kili
Turkmen Fíli we Kíli
Vietnamese Fíli và Kíli
Welsh Fíli a Kíli
Yiddish פילי און קילי
Yoruba Fíli ati Kíli
Yucatec Maya Fíli ka Kíli