|Fate||Slain by Goblins that took over Moria|
Balin was a Dwarven leader, the son of Fundin and elder brother of Dwalin. He was one of the Dwarves that travelled with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf to reclaim Erebor from the dragon Smaug. When Bilbo first met Balin, the Dwarf was very old looking with a white beard and a red hood.
Born in TA 2763 of the Third Age, Balin was the son of Fundin and elder brother of Dwálin. Spending most of his life in Erebor, one of the greatest and largest cities in Middle-Earth, Balin and his brother became good friend to Thórin II, a dwarf prince who was the son of Thráin II and grandson of Thrór. Balin was very kind, intelligent, and would remember the stories of what had happened in the past. Ever since the Dwarves had managed to find the heart of the mountain and naming the King's Jewel as a sign for every generation of Dúrin the Deathless to take the throne as King, he began to grow worried of a sickness that was beginning to grow in Thrór due to his love for gold. Balin knew that bad things would come.
Later in TA 2880, Balin was already 117 years old when he and Thórin were the first to witness Smaug's arrival. This led to an ultimate firestorm in which the dragon burnt Dale and invaded Erebor. After the Dwarves were driven out at great loss, Balin, along with brother and father, lived with their king Thrór in Dunland. While settling in Dunland for ten years, Balin, Dwálin, and Fundin were involved in fighting Orcs from Mount Gundabad, leading to the War of the Dwarves and Orcs. During the long war, Balin was one of the dwarves that followed Thrór to reclaim the ancient dwarf kingdom of Khazad-dûm, but they were all deceived when they discovered that it was already taken by the Orcs that were led by Azog the Defiler, a deadly giant orc that was destined to wipe out the line of Dúrin. Balin and Dwálin fought together in the Battle of Khazad-dûm, but their father was slain alongside Thrór, who was beheaded by the Defiler. Following Azog's defeat and the enemy defeated, Balin first returned to their forges in Dunland, but they moved into Eriador shortly after, and colonized in Ered Luin.
Quest of EreborEdit
An Unexpected PartyEdit
Behind the ScenesEdit
The Hobbit (1977 film)Edit
In the 1977 adaption of The Hobbit, Balin is voiced by Don Messick.
Fellowship of the RingEdit
Not appearing in the film or trilogy of the Lord of the Rings, Balin is only mentioned by Gimli as the King of Khazad-dûm, and his tomb was first seen when the Fellowship of the Ring ventured their way out of Moria. Apart from Thórin, he is one of only three of the other Dwarves who speaks with any regularity (Dori and Bombur being the others).
The Hobbit (2003 video game)Edit
Balin appears in the 2003 video game of The Hobbit, but no voice actor is credited for the role of the character. He is one of the older dwarves, and has a long white beard. He is the team's lookout.
The Hobbit (film series)Edit
Since he never appeared in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Balin appeared in The Hobbit trilogy where he is played by Ken Stott. In the trilogy, he is portrayed to be a character of nobility, and the most wisest and loyal dwarves. Wise and gentle by nature, he has been forced to live a life fraught with war and the ongoing struggle for survival.
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (First appearance)