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The Wind Lance was a giant ranged weapon used by the Men of Dale and of Lake-town in the Third Age.

Portrayal in adaptations

The Hobbit film trilogy

They were crafted by the Dwarves of the Lonely Mountain. The wind lance itself resembles a giant crossbow or ballista (an ancient Roman weapon). It first appeared in Peter Jackson's film trilogy.

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Lord Girion of Dale mounts black arrows on to the Wind lance and fires them at Smaug during a flashback. One of the arrows hits its mark but only loosens a scale. Girion is killed before he can finish Smaug off with the final black arrow.[1]

In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the Dwarves see the wind lance on the top of the tower.[2]

Finally, in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition, Smaug destroys the wind lance, which forces Bard to use his son, Bain, as the bow for the Black Arrow.[3]


Girion shoots from the Wind Lance
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A Black Arrow being launched into the Wind Lance