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Enormously fat, even for a Dwarf, and with his fiery red beard plaited into an impressive hoop, Bombur is unmistakable. He hardly speaks (perhaps because his brother Bofur speaks quite enough for both of them), and tends to be quiet and thoughtful, much given to musings about where his next meal may be coming from.
But for all his size, Bombur is not driven by simple greed and undiscriminating appetite. This Dwarf has a love of the finer things in life and has developed into something of a fussy cook (though his companions might not always agree), a function he carries out for the whole Company.
As a result of this self-imposed employment, Bombur is armed with cooking implements: a vast ladle, pots and pans (all excellent for braining Goblins with), and a very large, sharp roasting fork. None of which he is afraid to use; for, true to his roots, like all Dwarves, Bombur is a doughty and determined warrior in battle.
– from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion by Jude Fisher
Bombur’s delicious facts:
- besides Gloin, Bombur is the only other dwarf to have a wife.
- in the novel, Bombur’s hood was pale green, and he played a great drum.
- Bombur was the only other adventurer besides Bilbo to fall into the enchanted river while the Company crossed Mirkwood. He fell into a deep sleep for six days, with absolutely nothing waking him, and had to be hauled along with a rope.
- by the time of The Fellowship of the Ring, Bombur is still alive and living in Erebor, and now so fat that it took the strength of six younger dwarves to move him from his couch to his table.
- Bombur’s name is taken from the Dvergatal, where it is normalised as Bömburr or Bumburr, meaning “swollen one” or even, according to some linguists, “gut bucket”!