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This article is about the member of Thorin's Company. For the king of Durin's Folk, see Glóin.

Glóin, son of Gróin was one of the Dwarves of Thorin II Oakenshield's company who set out to reclaim the Lonely Mountain in the Quest of Erebor. He was also the father of Gimli, who became a member of the Fellowship of the Ring.

Glóin chiefly appears in The Hobbit as a supporting character. Glóin also appears in The Fellowship of the Ring during the Council of Elrond.


Early Life

Glóin was born in TA 2783, after the dragon Smaug desolated Erebor. He was the younger child of Gróin and younger brother of Óin.

In TA 2799, Glóin was known to have fought in the Battle of Azanulbizar, the last battle of the War of the Dwarves and Orcs, though it is unknown how significant his contribution was, being 16 years old.

In TA 2879, in the Blue Mountains, while in exile, his son Gimli was born to him and an unknown wife. In March of TA 2941 in Bree, Thorin Oakenshield met by chance the wizard Gandalf the Grey, pushing Thorin to reclaim Erebor, so that Smaug wouldn't ally with Sauron. When Gandalf mentioned Hobbits, Glóin referred them as "simpletons" and also said that Hobbits "would never dare to come within smelling distance of the nakedest dragonet new from the shell".

Quest for Erebor

In TA 2941, Glóin and his brother Óin, along with his cousins Dwalin and Balin, were among the Dwarves accompanying Thorin and Company during their quest to the Lonely Mountain to recapture it from the dragon Smaug. He was noted for his skills with a tinderbox, and, along with his brother Óin, was usually the one told to get a fire started whenever the Dwarves made camp. Glóin also fought in the Battle of the Five Armies.[1] After the battle, he made his home in the Lonely Mountain.

War of the Ring

On October 25, 3018, Glóin and his son Gimli attended the Council of Elrond in Rivendell, where he greeted Frodo Baggins at the welcome dinner, after Frodo had recovered from his wound received from the Witch-king of Angmar. He recounted the history of the Lonely Mountain and the Kingdom of Dale since Bilbo had left, including Balin's decision to leave the Lonely Mountain and re-establish the ancient Dwarven kingdom in Moria. At the Council of Elrond, his son Gimli warned of the messengers from Mordor who had been threatening King Dáin II Ironfoot, and seeking news of Bilbo, Frodo, and the One Ring. It is unknown whether Glóin fought against Sauron's forces in the Battle of Dale.

Later Life

Glóin died in FO 15 at the age of 253.[2]

Glóin's family tree


Portrayal in adaptations

The Hobbit film (1977)

Gloin (1977)

In the animated version of The Hobbit, Glóin is shown near his brother, Óin. He fought in the Battle of the Five Armies, and stood by Thorin's side; he is voiced by Jack DeLeon.

The Lord of the Rings film trilogy

Glóin briefly appears in The Fellowship of the Ring as he and Gimli enter Rivendell; played in fact by John Rhys-Davies, who also played Gimli.

The Hobbit film trilogy

In the film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), Glóin is portrayed by Peter Hambleton. Glóin is seen wielding axes that look identical to those carried by his son Gimli in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings films. The studio has released the following statement about the character in the upcoming films:

"Of all the members in The Company of Dwarves who set out on the Quest to The Lonely Mountain, Glóin is the most outspoken and opinionated and is not afraid to challenge authority. He has a tendency to be quick-tempered, but he is also strong, brave, and loyal. Glóin is one of the only married Dwarves in the Company (there being a shortage of female Dwarves in general). His wife is an acclaimed beauty with a particularly fine beard. Glóin is also the proud father of a young son, Gimli, who will later grow up to become part of the famous Fellowship of the Ring."

In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Glóin is captured by Mirkwood's Elvenguards right after encountering the spiders. Legolas confiscates and speaks insultingly about portraits of Glóin's wife and his young son Gimli. Later, the rest of the Company pressure Glóin to contribute his remaining money to help pay for having Bard smuggle them into Lake-town. He gives in when he sees how close they are to the Lonely Mountain.

Radio series

In The Hobbit (1968 radio series), he was voiced by Peter Baldwin.

Video games

Glóin in The Lord of the Rings Online

  • In The Lord of the Rings Online Glóin's first chronological appearance is a cameo in a brief scene showing the departure of Thorin Oakenshield's company from Ered Luin. He then appears in the Misty Mountains north of Rivendell, where in late 3017 T.A. Glóin and a few other Dwarves establish a camp to deal with the treats in the High Pass and the Goblin-town. He eventually returns to the Lonely Mountain and in 3018 T.A. after the Battle of Dale Gloin reunites with the other surviving members of Thorin's Company. Later that year Nori takes some on an expedition to Ered Mithrin against the orders of King Thorin III and Glóin and Bofur join Dori on a mission to rescue his brother from his own folly. The Dwarves travel through the Grey Mountains and eventually find Nori, but unlike the other Glóin does not immediately return to Erebor. Instead, he stays in the Grey Mountains where he becomes involved in Price Durin VII's upcoming war against the Orcs of Gundabad. On Durin's orders Glóin and some other Dwarves track down a raiding party from Gundabad through the wellsprings of Anduin, eventually travelling to the northernmost outposts of the Beornings.
  • Glóin was also one of the twelve starting Hero cards found in the Lord of The Rings Card Game starter set by Fantasy Flight Games. That version of him was the one closest related to the Glóin from the Fellowship of the Ring. His ability allowed him to take in more resource tokens at the expense of health.

Voice dubbing actors

Foreign Language Voice dubbing artist
Spanish (Latin America) Rubén Trujillo
Spanish (Spain) Joaquín Gómez
Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD) Mauro Ramos
Italian (Italy) Claudio Fattoretto (AUJ) / Edoardo Siravo (DOS)
German Uli Krohm
French (France) Jean-Claude Sachot
Czech Republic Tomáš Borůvka
Slovak Karol Čálik
Hungarian Ákos Kőszegi
Polish Leon Charewicz


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Glóin in The Hobbit films
Glóin at the Council of Elrond
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Glóin's battle axe (and Gimli’s)
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Close-up of Glóin's hand axe in his belt
Figurine of Glóin manufactured by Games Workshop
Glóin (left) in the 1977 animated version of "The Hobbit"
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Glóin in LEGO The Hobbit
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LEGO Old Glóin, as he appears in LEGO The Lord of the Rings: The Video Game
Gloín seen on a poster for An Unexpected Journey
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Gloín in The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, The Hobbit: On the Doorstep Expansion


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ግሎኢን
Arabic علوين
Armenian Գլոին
Belarusian Cyrillic Глоін
Bengali গ্লোইং
Bulgarian Cyrillic Глоин
Chinese (Hong Kong) 葛羅音
Georgian გლოინი
Greek Γλοιν
Gujarati ગ્લોઇન
Hebrew גלואין
Hindi ग्लोइन
Japanese グローイン
Kazakh Глоін (Cyrillic) Gloin (Latin)
Kannada ಗ್ಲೋಯಿನ್
Korean 글로빈
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Глоин
Macedonian Cyrillic Глоин
Marathi ग्लिसन
Mongolian Cyrillic Глоин
Nepalese ग्लोइन
Pashto علوین ?
Persian گلوین
Punjabi ਗ੍ਲੋਇਨ
Russian Глоин
Sanskrit ङ्लोइन्
Serbian Глоинов (Cyrillic) Gloinov (Latin)
Sinhalese ග්ලොඉන්
Tajik Cyrillic Глоин
Tamil குளோரின்
Telugu గ్లోయిం
Ukrainian Cyrillic Ґлоін
Urdu گلاوان
Uzbek Глоин (Cyrillic) Gloin (Latin)
Yiddish גלאָין


  1. The Hobbit
  2. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, III: "Durin's Folk"