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Date of Birth: Unknown -- likely before T.A. 2809
Race: Dwarf of Khazad-dûm, but not of Durin's line
Height: 4.5 - 5 feet tall (estimate)
Date of Death: Unknown -- alive in T.A. 3018
Description: Unknown - distinguished by his yellow hood
Official Description: While most of the Company of Thorin Oakensheild is related to the royal and noble line of Durin, Bofur, his brother Bombur and their cousin Bifur most definitely are … not. Born and bred in the West , descendants of coal miners and iron workers, they have joined the Quest for the Lonely Mountain partly to seek their fortune and partly because they were told the beer was free
TheOneRing.net Description: Bifur and his cousins Bofur and Bombur are the only dwarves in Thorin’s company who are not Longbeard Dwarves of the House of Durin; although their House is unknown, they descend from Dwarves who lived under Durin’s rule in Moria, otherwise known as Khazad-dûm. Bifur asks for raspberry jam and apple tart while eating at Bag End and plays the clarinet. When captured by the Trolls, he is said to have given a lot of trouble and fought like mad. He also alerts the party that Bofur and Bombur are still below with the ponies when they are about to flee into the Mountain to escape Smaug. Gloin reports that Bifur is still living with Dain in the Lonely Mountain at the time the Fellowship of the Ring is formed in 3018.
Analysis: Neither Bifur’s birth or death date is known. However, given the age difference of at least 50 years between Fili and Kili and the rest of the party, his birth year is likely before about 2809.
- “My cousins! Bombur and Bofur — we have forgotten them, they are down in the valley!”