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:{{Blockquote|A descendant of nobility and a Dwarf Lord in his own right, Balin is one of the oldest members of The Company of the Dwarves. Wise and gentle by nature, he has been forced to live a life fraught with war and the ongoing struggle for survival. Related to Thorin Oakenshield, Balin is one of his closest, most trusted advisors – but deep in his heart, this wisest and most loyal of Dwarves harbors troubling doubts about the wisdom of the Quest for the Lonely Mountain.|[[Warner Bros.]]<ref name="HobbitApp">{{webcite|author=[[Warner Bros.]]|articleurl=http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hobbit-movies/id545808528|articlename=Hobbit Movies|dated=7-September-2012|website=[http://itunes.apple.com/ Apple iPhone/iPad App]|accessed=19-September-2012}}</ref>}}
 
:{{Blockquote|A descendant of nobility and a Dwarf Lord in his own right, Balin is one of the oldest members of The Company of the Dwarves. Wise and gentle by nature, he has been forced to live a life fraught with war and the ongoing struggle for survival. Related to Thorin Oakenshield, Balin is one of his closest, most trusted advisors – but deep in his heart, this wisest and most loyal of Dwarves harbors troubling doubts about the wisdom of the Quest for the Lonely Mountain.|[[Warner Bros.]]<ref name="HobbitApp">{{webcite|author=[[Warner Bros.]]|articleurl=http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hobbit-movies/id545808528|articlename=Hobbit Movies|dated=7-September-2012|website=[http://itunes.apple.com/ Apple iPhone/iPad App]|accessed=19-September-2012}}</ref>}}
:Balin is presumably the oldest of the 13 Dwarves in the films (in the book he was the second oldest -- younger than Thorin by at least ten years). [[Balin]] warns [[Bilbo Baggins]] that [[Thorin Oakenshield]] is subject to a hereditary disease of "Dragon Fever" (excessive love of gold).
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:Balin is presumably the oldest of the 13 Dwarves in the films (in the book he was the second oldest -- younger than Thorin by at least ten years). In the Hobbit movie trilogy [[Balin]] warns [[Bilbo Baggins]] that [[Thorin Oakinshield]] is subject to a hereditary disease of "Dragon Fever" (excessive love of gold) this disease led his grandfather to hoard gold within the [[Lonely Mountain]] which in turn attracted [[Smaug]] the Golden to steal it; Thorin father Thrain was also subject to the same disease which also brought about his capture and death. Thorin himself begins to talk like Smaug of not parting with a single gold coin; in fact Smaug boasts to Bilbo that although he will not part with a single coin from his hoard-he is almost willing to let Bilbo take the Arkenstone just for the sadistic joy of watching Thorin being consumed by greed. (So caught up is Thorin in dragon Fever that he refuses to honor the Elf King claim on the white [[Necklace of Girion]] gems or pay the promised share of the treasure to the people of Laketown in exchange for the Arkenstone; he even refuses to help his cousin [[Dain Ironfoot]]  who is battling goblins outside his fortress door. At the last minuite Thorin sees Smaug swimming under the goldden hoard and himself being consumed by gold before he recovers his senses <ref>The Battle of the Five Armies)</ref>
  
 
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