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All of you! Listen to me! You must listen! Have you forgotten what happened to Dale? Have you forgotten those who died in the firestorm? And for what purpose? The blind ambition of a Mountain King, so riveted by greed he cannot see beyond his own desire!
~ Bard trying to talk sense into the Dwarves

Bard the Bowman is a major protagonist in The Hobbit and its 1977 film adaptation and its live-action trilogy serving as one of the major protagonists in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

He was voiced by the late John Stephenson in the 1977 film adaptation. In Sir Peter Jackson's live-action films, The Hobbit Trilogy, he is played by Luke Evans.

What Makes Him Pure Good?

  • Always stood up for his brethren against the tyrannical Master of Lake-town.
  • While he was planning to fight the dwarves upon their arrival, he wanted to do so in order to keep his family and town safe, no lethal intentions involved.
  • Despite being somewhat wary of the Company, he helped smuggle them into Lake-town upon being promised double the usual barge fare.
  • When he finds out Thorin is part of the line of Durin and finds a tapestry about them that prophesizes the Mountain King's return, he confronts them and tries to convince both them not to enter the Lonely Mountain and the people of Lake-town not to let them since they will likely awaken Smaug, who will attack them in retribution, though unfortunately this falls on deaf ears when Thorin appeals to their hopes for the return of prosperity.
  • Despite being understandably angry at the Company for endangering the lives of everyone in Lake-town, he still sympathized with Fili, Bofur and Oin's pleas for help when they told him Kili was very sick as a result of previously being shot by a poison arrow and allowed them to use his house to tend to him.
  • He manages to break himself out of prison when Smaug attacks Lake-town and makes a brave stand shooting arrows at him despite them not hurting him. However, when his son Bain brings him the Black Arrow that he ordered him to keep safe, he manages to use the posts on the tower and his son's shoulder to fire it at Smaug, landing a direct hit where his scale was missing and bringing him down, saving everyone from Lake-town who was still alive.
  • In the aftermath, he refuses to brag or take much credit for this achievement and rallies the survivors of Lake-town to lead them to seek refuge in the ruins of Dale.
  • Despite the horrible way Alfrid Lickspittle treated him and opposed him at every turn, he stops the angry townsfolk from trying to have him hanged by convincing them they've already experienced their fill of death and shouldn't be needlessly causing any more of it.
  • Despite not trusting Alfrid and rejecting his false obedience to him, he still tried to be altruistic by delegating small tasks to him and encouraging him to do his part to help, even though he didn't do a good job of it.
  • When Thranduil and the Elves of Mirkwood arrive with the intention of claiming white gems from the mountain that are rightfully theirs, Bard convinces the former to let him try reasoning with Thorin first in order to prevent war from breaking out, due to the latter succumbing to greed, or more specifically, "dragon sickness", and refusing to give them anything like he promised. He then tries to appeal to his honor and tells him he simply wants a share of the treasure so he and his people can rebuild their home, which was destroyed in the first place because he went into the mountain, awakened Smaug and made him angry. When Thorin still refuses, he voices his disbelief to Thranduil and questions why he would allow war to break out over this.
  • After Bilbo gives him and Thranduil the Arkenstone so they have something to barter with, during the ensuing stand off, he makes one more attempt to talk Thorin into giving them what was promised and avoid having to go to war.
  • Despite overwhelming odds, he bravely lead his people during the Battle of the Five Armies in defending Dale against the Orcs and successfully allows them to hold out before the Eagles arrive and help them defeat them.
  • At one point during the battle, he saves his children from being killed by an Orc that goes after them by using a cart to rush to their aid and stab it before it can hurt them.

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