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  • The names of Characters featured in The Hobbit

I have added each character’s name, followed by Andy Orchard’s translation, then Varg Vikernes’ translation…Please note that the name Balin isn’t mentioned in Voluspa. It is possible Tolkien could have invented this name himself 🙂 See below, for further information about the sources, the translations, and the meaning of what a dwarf is!

  1. GANDALF= WAND ELF/ ANIMATED ELF (WHITE)
  2. THORIN= DARING/ DEFIANT
  3. BIFUR= TREMBLER/ CORPSE
  4. BOFUR= GRUMBLER/ DEAD
  5. BOMBUR= TUBBY/ WAITING FOR A WAVE
  6. DORI= ARTISAN?/ DEAR
  7. FILI= FILER/ FILE
  8. GLOIN= GLOWING/ GLOWING
  9. KILI= WEDGER/ WEDGE
  10. NORI= OLD SALT/ WASHED BY A WAVE
  11. OIN= GREAT GRAMPA/ GREAT GRANDFATHER
  12. ORI= STAINER/ ALDER
  13. BALIN= Not featured in Voluspa
  14. DWALIN= The dormant one / One slumbering (alternatives sources found)
  15. THRAIN= URGE/ BRAVE
  16. THROR= SPURT/ COMFORTABLE

Illustration of the dwarves

  • Where do the names come from? 

The first Hobbit film has been released, and it got me thinking about the…

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