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Girion was the last Lord of Dale, who ruled the city until his death in TA 2770.


Girion trying to shoot down Smaug

Born at an unknown date, Girion became the Lord of Dale and ruled the city peacefully under the Dwarves of Erebor. However, in the year TA 2770,[1], he was killed when the dragon Smaug destroyed Dale and the neighboring Dwarven realm of Erebor. However, his wife (name unknown) and son escaped. One-hundred and seventy-four years later, Bard, Girion's descendant, took revenge on the dragon, slaying him by shooting an arrow into a small gap in the old dragon's gem armor, which was the only vulnerable spot on his body.[2]

It is also mentioned in The Hobbit that Girion had owned a necklace of five hundred emeralds, later found among the treasures hoarded by Smaug in the Lonely Mountain.[3] Bard obtained this necklace from Dáin II Ironfoot, and in turn he gave it to the Elvenking Thranduil.

Portrayal in adaptations

The Hobbit film trilogy

Girion during the attack of Dale

In the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Girion is portrayed by Luke Evans, who also plays his descendant Bard.

A flashback shows how Girion attempted to slay Smaug using black arrows fired from a mounted Dwarvish windlance crossbow, but all his shots bounced harmlessly off the dragon's armour, all except for one, which broke off one of the dragon's scales and exposed his soft belly beneath. Unfortunately, Girion perished before the final arrow could be fired.

The last arrow was kept by his descendant Bard, who secretly hid it until Smaug awoke and attacked Laketown once more. Bard, with the aid of his son, managed to hit Smaug's weak spot opened up by Girion, slaying the dragon and avenging Bard's ancestors.

It should be noted that there is no mention of Girion's last moments in Tolkien's publications/drafts; they were created specifically for Jackson's films.

Video games

Girion appears as a downloadable playable character in LEGO The Hobbit: The Video Game, and wields a bow.

Appearances in the books and films

In the books

In the films


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ጊርዮን
Arabic جيريون
Armenian Գիրիոն
Belarusian Cyrillic Гіріон
Bengali গিরীণ
Bulgarian Cyrillic Гирион
Chinese (Hong Kong) 吉瑞安
Georgian გირიონი
Greek Γκίριον
Gujarati ગિરિઓન
Hebrew גיריון
Japanese ぎりおん
Kannada ಗಿರಿಯನ್
Kazakh Гіріон (Cyrillic) Girion (Latin)
Korean 기 리온
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Гирион
Macedonian Cyrillic Гирион
Marathi गिरिओन
Mongolian Cyrillic Гирион
Nepalese गिरिओन
Punjabi ਗਿਰੀਅਨ
Russian Гирион
Serbian Гирион (Cyrillic) Girion (Latin)
Sinhalese ගිරියොන්
Tajik Cyrillic Гирион
Tamil கிரிஒந்
Telugu గిరిఒన
Ukrainian Cyrillic Ґіріон
Urdu گارااون
Uzbek Гирион (Cyrillic) Girion (Latin)
Yiddish גיריאָן
Lord of Dale
Preceded by
Girion Succeeded by
Bard I (New Kingdom, 174 years later)
TA 2763TA 2770


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Third Age"
  2. The Hobbit, Chapter XIV: "Fire and Water"
  3. The Hobbit, Chapter XII: "Inside Information"