"I have no right to ask this of any of you... but will you follow last time?"
—Thorin to his company (apart from Bilbo)[src]
"Farewell, Master Burglar. Go back to your books, and your armchair. Plant your trees, watch them grow. If more people valued home above gold, this world would be a merrier place."
—Thorin to (and about) Bilbo[src]

Thorin Oakenshield is a character in the Middle-earth Film Saga and the main deuteragonist of The Hobbit film trilogy directed by Peter Jackson. He was portrayed by Richard Armitage.     

He was the son of Thráin, the grandson of Thrór, older brother of Frerin and Dís, an uncle of Fíli and Kíli and fifth King under the mountain

Thorin is based on the character of the same name.

Background Edit

Physical Appearance Edit

Thorin Oakenshield, although he is supposed to be middle-aged in dwarf years, Thorin looks younger than he appears. In the original book, Thorin was an elderly dwarf with white hair and a long beard that reached up to his tassel. Instead, this version of Thorin has a shorter black beard to honor those who fell in Erebor.

Thorin also has wavy , long black hair with grey streaks. He also has piercing blue eyes.

Personality Edit

Thorin Oakenshield is fearless, caring, protective, strong, leader-ly, proud, and noble.

During the time of his gold sickness, Thorin became stubborn, greedy and selfish. He refused to give what he owed the people of Lake-town or share the treasure with others in his company. He was more suspicious of those even close to him. However, Thorin had a sense of pride and fondness for Bilbo, even gifting him a shirt of mithril. Thorin became over-confident of himself, even telling Bilbo that he should not underestimate dwarves Thorin was also easily infuriated, as he yelled to Balin and Dwalin for no reason and nearly killed Bilbo. However, when he walks into the Gallery of the Kings, and dreams himself drowning in the dried gold. After gaining his sense of pride, Thorin realized the errors of his ways, even discarding his grandfather's robes, crown, and armor.

Thorin quickly forgave Bilbo twice: once when he doubted the hobbit's true nature and again when he was dying and apologized for trying to kill him.

Official description Edit

"As a young Dwarf prince, Thorin witnessed the destruction and terror wrought when a great fire-breathing Dragon attacked the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. After slaughtering many of Thorin’s kin, the great serpent, Smaug, entered The Lonely Mountain and took possession of its vast store of gold and jewels. No-one came to the aid of the surviving Dwarves, and thus, a once proud and noble race was forced into exile. Through long years of hardship, Thorin grew to be a strong and fearless fighter and revered leader. In his heart a fierce desire grew; a desire to reclaim his homeland and destroy the beast that had brought such misery upon his people. So when fate offers him an unusual ally, he seizes the chance for revenge."
—Warner Bros.

Early life Edit

Born in the Lonely Mountain to Thrain II and an unnamed wife, Thorin was the grandson of Thror, the older brother of Frerin and Dis and the maternal uncle of Fili and Kili.

One day, Thorin and Balin are on the  balcony of Erebor, where Thorin hears the dragon, Smaug, coming closer. He tells Balin to sound the alarm, and says that a dragon is their next adversary. As Smaug takes control of Erebor, Thorin forcefully takes his grandfather as the Arkenstone gets lost in

The Hobbit (film trilogy) Edit

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Edit

Thorin makes his first official appearance in An Unexpected Journey, to Bilbo's house, as the last dwarf guest to appear at Bag End. losing his way to the Shire first.

Thorin appears to Bag End as the very last dwarf and is introduced to Bilbo Baggins by Gandalf.

At the behest of Gandalf, Thorin attends a meeting in the Iron Hills with his cousin, Dáin and several noblemen. While he does get responses from all seven dwarf kingdoms, Thorin looks to Dáin for reinforcements. However, his cousin refuses to waste his men’s lives on a dragon and tells Thorin that if he wishes to go on with this quest, then the dwarves of Erebor do so alone. Giving up, Thorin later travels to the Shire to meet with his company but gets lost twice trying to find Bag End until he sees a mark on a round green door. In Bag End, Thorin meets Bilbo for the first time and inquires of his past weapons, but comments Bilbo is more of a grocer than a burglar when he learns of the hobbit's lack of fighting ability. During the meeting in Bilbo's dining room, Thorin reveals that though envoys from seven dwarf kingdoms answered to the Dwarves of Erebor's call, he was unsuccessful in convincing Dain to help send reinforcements to take the Lonely Mountain back. Gandalf later reveals a Map of Erebor. A small argument breaks out among his company, but Thorin breaks it up and gives a small speech that inspires most of the dwarves to take their home back. However, Balin reveals that there is no way into the mountain, but Gandalf shows them a key that once belonged to Thorin's father and reveals that the key is what opens a secret door. Thorin asks Gandalf how he came by this key. The grey wizard reveals to Thorin that it was given to him by Thráin personally and gives it to Thorin, as it now belongs to him. Gandalf reveals that they cannot find it on their own and states that there are others in middle-earth who still can. They later reveal to Bilbo they need him to be hired as a burglar. At Gandalf's behest, Thorin states that they will do it the wizard's way and hands Bilbo the contract. While Bilbo reads the contract's overbearingly long text, Thorin proclaims he will not look after Bilbo no matter what.

Sometime in the early morning, Thorin has the members of his company pack up and has them put back all of Bilbo's possessions back to where they found them. Sometime at midday, Bilbo joins them, with the contract in hand, much to Thorin's chagrin. After the hobbit is inducted as a full member of Thorin's company, Thorin begrudgingly orders the other dwarves to give Bilbo a pony. They are briefly halted when Bilbo demands they turn around because he forgot his handkerchief at home. After Bofur gives Bilbo a rag off his clothes for Bilbo to use as a cloth, Thorin orders the company to move on.

Later that night, the company rests at the edge of a forest cliff. He overhears Fíli and Kíli joking about Orcs to Bilbo and berates them for thinking that a night raid by orcs as a joke. Kíli immediately apologizes to his uncle, who tells Fíli and Kíli that they know nothing of the world. Balin tells Bilbo, Fíli and Kíli of Thorin's deeds in the Battle of Moria. When Bilbo asks what happened to the pale Orc, Thorin answers that he was slain in battle long ago before walking away and going back to sleep. A few days later, Thorin has the company rest for the night. However, he enters an argument with Gandalf, who insists that they leave the area where a farmer and his family used to live and insists they go to Rivendell. Thorin refuses because elves in the past have done nothing to help them and betray his father and grandfather. Gandalf insists that Thorin is neither of them and yells that he does not have the map and key to hold onto the past, but the dwarf king responds that neither items were Gandalf's to keep at all. Both infuriated, Gandalf leaves Thorin, Bilbo and their company.

Thorin puts Fíli and Kíli in charge of the ponies, Glóin and Óin to get a fire going and Bombur to get dinner started. However, Fíli and Kíli neglect their duties in guarding the ponies and have Bilbo go in to steal them back. Eventually learning of the situation, Thorin leads the company to rescue Bilbo and their ponies from the Trolls, but is forced to stand down when they threaten to rip their companion apart. As the Trolls argue on how to cook the dwarves, Bilbo begins distracting the trolls by trying to get them to release the dwarves. Thorin catches on with the Hobbit's plan and kicks his protesting companions into following with Bilbo's plan. A few moments later, Gandalf appears, and helps turn the trolls to stone.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Edit

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Edit

Finally broken out of Gold sickness, Thorin and the other members of the company charge against the forces and leads his people on one final stand. Meeting Dain on the battlefield, Thorin says it is his duty as king to make his people safe and believes he has to kill Azog to ensure their survival.

He takes Fili, Kili, and Dwalin with him, but the quartet find that Azog has fled. However, Thorin doesn't believe so and sends them out to investigate.While he and Dwalin waited for Fíli and Kíli, they still hadn't found evidence where Azog was. Suddenly, Bilbo appeared out of nowhere, to Thorin's shock and relief. Bilbo warns Thorin that Azog had an army coming from the North and that the tower will be completely surrounded. Thorin begins to realize that this was a trap and told Dwalin to look for Fíli and Kíli and bring them back to fight another day. However, things take a turn when Azog impales and kills Fíli.

Thorin engages in a duel with Azog in order to avenge his nephew, but he is suddenly surrounded by other orcs and is able to defeat them when Legolas kills them all with his arrows and returns Orcrist. With the last moments of his life, Thorin sacrificed himself to Azog's blade and then had the chance to stab him back. A couple minutes later, Bilbo regains consciousness and watches Thorin collapse to the ground. As the Hobbit attempts to treat Thorin's wound, Thorin apologizes for what he did to Bilbo on the gates earlier that morning and stated Bilbo's actions were something a true friend would do. He began asking for Bilbo's forgiveness and apologizes for leading him into such peril. However, Bilbo says that he is glad to have shared Thorin's perils. Smiling fondly at Bilbo and succumbing to his wounds, Thorin bids his friend goodbye and wished that people would value home above gold, as it would be a merrier place. This leaves a broken Bilbo crying next to Thorin's body. A few hours later, members of Thorin's company bow down to their fallen king and friend.

Gallery Edit

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Thorin Oakenshield (Middle-Earth Film Saga)/Gallery.

Relationships Edit

Tolkien Films Wikia has a page focusing on the character's relationships related to Thorin Oakenshield (Middle-Earth Film Saga) which can be found at
Thorin Oakenshield (Armitage)/Relationships.

Trivia Edit

  • In the beginning of the story, Thorin wore dark blue while Bilbo wore Dark red. At the end of the second film, Thorin wears dark red as Bilbo wears dark blue.
    • Blue usually symbolizes knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness, signifiying thorin's personality gratefully. .

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