Bofur (Grumbler)

James Nesbitt as Bofur

Dwarf of Thorin & Company. Bofur was the brother of Bombur. The brothers were descended from the Dwarves of Khazad-dum but were not of Durin’s Line. Their cousin was Bifur. Bofur’s hood was yellow and he played the clarinet.

Bofur was one of the Dwarves chosen by Thorin Oakenshield for the quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the Dragon Smaug in 2941 of the Third Age. At the unexpected tea party at Bag End, Bofur requested mince-pies and cheese from his host Bilbo Baggins.

Bofur tripped over a sleeping Bilbo in the house of Beorn. After Bilbo rescued the Dwarves from the Elvenking’s Halls by floating them down the Forest River in barrels, Bofur and Bifur lay down and did not help Bilbo release the others.

At the Lonely Mountain, Bofur and Bombur were left to guard the ponies while the others went up to the doorstep of the secret door. Bofur was occasionally hauled up to the doorstep while another Dwarf took his place on guard duty. When Smaug emerged from the Lonely Mountain in a rage, Bofur and Bombur were rescued.

Bofur survived the Battle of the Five Armies and settled in the Lonely Mountain. He was still alive at the time of the War of the Ring. Bofur’s date of death is not known.

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