Thorin II Oakenshield
Title(s): son of Thrain II, son of Thror, King of Durin's Folk, King under the Mountain
Other Title(s): King of Carven Stone and Lord of Silver Fountains
Birth Date: T.A. 2746
Birth Place: Lonely Mountain - Erebor
Year ascended to the throne: Durin's Folk (TA 2850 - TA 2941), Lonely Mountain (Erebor) (TA 2941)
Death Date: TA 2941
Race: Dwarves (Khazad)
Height: 5' 0"
Thorin was a particularly stubborn, proud, and greedy dwarf. According to Gandalf Thorin was, from the beginning, contemptuous about the notion that Bilbo should go with him on his long-desired adventure to the Lonely Mountain; he thought that Gandalf was trying to mock him and make him look foolish. Indeed Thorin found it difficult to accept the advice of Gandalf at all, believing that he should have been drawing plans for war and battle rather than planning to use a Hobbit as a burglar. Thorin's most coveted prize was the Arkenstone, something which Bilbo believed was not only the heart of the mountain but at the heart of Thorin too. His greed was epitomized at the moment when it was revealed that Bilbo had given the Arkenstone to the Elvenking and Bard; he lifted Bilbo up shouting 'I will throw you to the rocks'. Upon his deathbed Thorin repented his ways, saying that "if more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."
Three Generations of Rulers of Erebor
Left to right: Thorin II (blue shirt), King Thror and his son, Thrain on the right.
Siblings of Thorin II
Close Immediate Family
Fili (son of Dis, nephew of Thorin II)
Kili (son of Dis, nephew of Thor�n II)
History of Thorin II Oakenshield
In the year TA 2746, Thorin Oakenshield was born to Dwarven prince Thrain II in the mountain city of Lonely Mountain (Erebor). Early in his youth, he and the other Dwarves of Lonely Mountain were forced to flee by the dragon Smaug in TA 2770. During the exile, he quickly grew to become a capable warrior. This was demonstrated when he participated in the Battle of Azanulbizar in TA 2799. He marched with one of the dwarven armies beneath the East-gate of Moria, joined the battle, and at some point in the fighting, his shield broke. Using a branch he cut off from an oak tree as a shield, he gained the epithet "Oakenshield," which would remain with him until the time of his death.
Thorin eventually became King-in-Exile of Durin's Folk after his father died. In TA 2941, after receiving a map his father had drawn for him and following advice from Gandalf the Grey, he took a contingent of 12 dwarves to visit Bilbo Baggins in order to hire him as a burglar for their cause. Thorin's intent was to infiltrate the Lonely Mountain and steal back the treasure from Smaug.
Dwarves, Bilbo, and Gandalf experienced a number of dangers on their journey to the Lonely Mountain, surviving trolls, orcs, wargs, and spiders. He found the legendary sword, Orcrist, in a troll-cave. Additionally, they were briefly imprisoned by Thranduil, the king of the Wood Elves. After they finally reached the Lonely Mountain, the hobbit discovered Smaug's weakness, and this information eventually resulted in the dragon's defeat.
Following the death of Smaug, the people of Lake-Town asked Thorin for a share of the treasure, as they wanted recompense for the destruction of their city, a part of Smaug's treasure originated from their former city, and it was Bard the Bowman, a lord of Lake-Town, who shot the fatal arrow that killed Smaug.
Thorin, overwhelmed by greed after recovering his family's hoard, refused to share any part of the treasure. Instead, he sent a raven to seek aid from his relative, Dain II Ironfoot, who had a contingent of Dwarven soldiers on the move to secure the reclaimed mountain city.
Shortly afterwards, Thranduil, the King of the Wood Elves, approached Thorin and also demanded a share of the treasure. Thorin, having recently escaped imprisonment under Thranduil, likewise rebukes him. Meanwhile, Thorin charged his companions with looking for the Arkenstone within the hoard of treasure. But Bilbo had already found the Arkenstone, and subsequently, secretly brought it to Bard and Thranduil to use as a bargaining counter. When Thorin learned this he became enraged and denounced his former companion as a traitor.
The growing conflict over the treasure between Dwarves, Wood Elves, and Men, likely to result in bloodshed, was suddenly averted by the approach of Goblins and Warg armies, so they instead joined forces to defeat their common enemies in what was later called the Battle of the Five Armies. During the battle, Thorin led an assault that proves his strength as a leader. He fought courageously, but was mortally wounded in the battle.
Before he died, he made his peace with Bilbo by commending the Hobbit's bravery and good character. His last words are, "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. But, sad or merry, I must leave it now. Farewell."
Thorin fought using typical Dwarven axes and swords as well as an Elven blade called "Orcrist," which he had discovered on the journey to the Lonely Mountain. Under Thranduil's imprisonment, the blade had been confiscated by the Wood Elves. At Thorin's burial, Thranduil decided it was more appropriate to place it on Thorin's tomb, and did so, along with the Arkenstone.
In the ~ New Tales From Middle Earth~ novel:
Thorin's What-If Scenario is about the early days of Thorin. We know the rest of Thorin's story from Smaug's hoarding the gold of Eredor and Thorin's kinsmen trek for new lands and so forth and most of Thorn's history is canonized. So what about Thorin's Early years? Was he married? If so who was she? did they have children before he set off with his companions including a certain Burgler (Hobbit) to reclaim Erebor?
So in Thorin's What-if scenerio, these are the tales of the early years of Thorin ranging from his childhood, meeting a lovely dwarf Princess named �yra (pronounced: Thyra), a kinsman from Iron Hills in the East of Erebor. Princess Thyra is like Prince Thorin who have been trained in the fine art of combat at an early age from their parents and the rest they say is history.
Disclaimer: Please remember that Thorin's early years isn't canonized by Tolkien. I'm just taking creative license as to Thorin's early years as young Dwarf Princeling.
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