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Ori was a member of Thorin's Company of Dwarves and participated in the Quest of Erebor, as well as fighting in and surviving the Battle of Five Armies. He, along with his cousins Dori and Nori,[2] were remote kinsmen of Thorin II Oakenshield.


Early life & Quest of Erebor[]

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Ori with Dori and Nori

Ori lived in Thorin's hall in the northern Blue Mountains for many years, alongside his cousins: Dori and Nori. In the year TA 2941, Ori became a member of Thorin's Company and travelled with Thorin, Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins, and the other Dwarves on the quest for the Lonely Mountain, culminating in the death of Smaug. Finally, he and the other Dwarves of Thorin's Company fought in the Battle of Five Armies in TA 2942, which he survived.[3]

In Erebor[]

Ori would then settle in Erebor, under Dáin II Ironfoot, Thorin's successor as King under the Mountain, with his surviving kin for a time, enjoying the wealth and prosperity of their newly captured home. In the years between the Quest for Erebor and the eventual expedition into Moria, Ori became versed in Elvish script, and continued to progress as a scribe.

Final days[]

Ori Khazad-dûm

Ori's final resting place in Moria, holding the Book of Mazarbul


Last page of the Book of Mazarbul

Ori was one of the several Dwarves that accompanied Balin to the lost Dwarf-realm within Moria in TA 2989, to begin a colony there. Though this was successful at first, the colony was overwhelmed in a long struggle with the goblins there, and was destroyed in TA 2994 when the Balrog Durin's Bane emerged. After Balin died, Ori and others lived long enough to bury him properly in a stone tomb, before perishing themselves in the last stand against Orcs, in the Chamber of Mazarbul. Ori's last moments were written in The Book of Mazarbul, from which Gandalf read when the Fellowship of the Ring passed by Balin's Tomb twenty-four years later. Ori's body had been left clutching the scarred and worn book.[4][5][6]

In adaptations[]

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Ori (1977)

Rankin/Bass films[]

In the animated version of The Hobbit, Ori's role is relatively minor compared to the book and is mostly silent; he is voiced by Jack DeLeon.

The Hobbit film trilogy[]

In Peter Jackson's film trilogy, Ori is played by Adam Brown, and said to be the brother of Dori and Nori. Unlike the other members of Thorin's company, Ori is a scribe rather than a warrior and begins the quest armed with only a slingshot and knife. Though he is shown to be often mothered by his brother Dori, he shows his mettle in the Company's many encounters. During the party's escape from Goblin Town, Dwalin lends Ori his warhammer which the younger Dwarf uses with surprising effectiveness, at one point desperately swinging it backwards into a Warg's head. Dwalin is seen carrying it again by the end of the film. The studio released the following statement concerning Ori:

"Younger brother to Nori and Dori, Ori is a talented artist, and can often be found drawing and writing in his journal. It is Ori who chronicles much of the journey through The Wild to the shores of the Long Lake and the slopes of The Lonely Mountain. Polite and well-bred, he is used to being bossed around by his older brother Dori and is usually biddable, although occasionally he can surprise his fellow companions with his courage and determination. Ori is said to be the youngest in the company."

Despite being portrayed as the youngest of the company in Jackson's adaptation, Fíli and Kíli are actually described as the youngest by around fifty years.


  • Wilfrid Carter voiced the character in the 1968 BBC Radio radio adaptation of The Hobbit.
  • Ori is present in the 1979 The Mind's Eye radio adaptation of The Hobbit, but his exact voice actor is uncredited.
  • Ori is present in the 1980 German radio serial adaptation of The Hobbit, but his exact voice actor is uncredited.[7]
  • Ori is present in the 1989 Slovak two-episode radio miniseries adaptation of The Hobbit, but his exact voice actor is uncredited.[8]
  • František Kovár voiced an elderly version of the character (in Book of Mazarbul flashbacks/voiceover only) in the 2001-2003 three-season Slovak radio serial adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.[9]

Video games[]

In The Lord of the Rings Online, the player controls Ori during a in a session play called "We Cannot Get Out". It shows the last moments of Balin's expedition, in which the Dwarves make their last desperate stand in the Chamber of Mazarbul, and Ori is killed by Mazog, son of Bolg.


Book of mazarbul
The Book of Mazarbul as seen in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy
Ori figurine manufactured by Games Workshop
Ori (left) as he appears in the 1977 The Hobbit film
The Lord of the Rings Online - Ori
Ori as a LEGO
Slingshot ori
Ori on a promotional poster
Ori (Lore)
Ori from The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, The Hobbit: Over Hill and Under Hill Expansion


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ዖሪ
Arabic وري
Armenian Որի
Assamese অৰি
Belarusian Cyrillic Орі
Bengali ওরি
Bulgarian Cyrillic Ори
Chinese (Hong Kong) 歐力
Georgian ორი
Greek Ορι
Gujarati ઓરી
Hebrew אורי
Hindi ॐरि ?
Japanese オリ
Kannada ಓರಿ
Kazakh Орі (Cyrillic) Ori (Latin)
Konkani ओरी
Korean 오리
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Ори
Macedonian Cyrillic Ори
Malayalam ഓറി
Marathi ओरी
Mongolian Cyrillic Ори
Nepalese ओरि
Pashto وری
Persian اوری
Punjabi ਓਰੀ
Russian Ори
Sanskrit ओरि
Serbian Ори (Cyrillic) Ori (Latin)
Sinhalese ඔරි
Tajik Cyrillic Ори
Tamil ஓரி
Telugu ఒరి
Urdu اوری
Uzbek Ори (Cyrillic) Ori (Latin)
Yiddish ױרי