Dori and his brothers Nori and Ori were part of the famous throng that is depicted in The Hobbit, together with Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin, and many more. It was Dori who had the less pleasant task to look after Bilbo, and sometimes also to carry him. Within the tunnels of the Misty Mountains it was Dori who was tripped while being pursued by goblins so that Bilbo was lost. Then, while Bilbo was searching for a way out he rather struggled downwards and eventually discovered a certain Ring and Gollum's Cave.
This all happened a long time ago, during the quest to recover the treasures of Durin's Folk lost long ago to the dragon Smaug. This is the true story, as told in The Hobbit, and it happened long before today's timings in the Middle-earth. Now, in the time of the Lotro, Dori has become an old, but wise and capable dwarf.
After the defeat of Smaug he was made High Hoard-seeker for the king of Erebor.
Dori (Thorin's Gate)
We first notice Dori when he is a member of the Elvish/Dwarf expedition to Skorgrim's Tomb, at Frerin's Court, standing next to Dwalin.
- "The Dourhands have much explaining to do. Just look at this place!"
Dori (Ost Galumar)
Next time we meet Dori he had decided to visit Othrikar to aid the dwarves there and to summon them to the Council of Esteldín. He has been captured by the Dourhands and is held prisoner at Ost Galumar. The Dourhands intend to kill him unless Othrikar turn their mines over to them.
Later we meet Dori when he occasionally visits the Esteldín Library, in North Downs, where he is a welcomed guest.
- "My thanks for that fine rescue, <name>!"
- "Cursed Dourhands, in league with Angmar. Gives all dwarves a bad name!"
- "I hope all is well in Othrikar. The dwarves there have suffered long!"
After the fall of the Black Gate Dori enters Mordor.
He is met in Cirith Gorgor in the Plateau of Gorgoroth.
After the expedition to Mordor Dori visits Erebor with some of Thorin Oakenshield's surviving companions.
Dori (Ered Mithrin)
Dori searches for his brother Nori in Ered Mithrin.