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Pairing: Bofur/Nori
Alternative name(s): Nofur[1]
Gender category: Slash
Fandom: The Hobbit
Canonical?: No
Prevalence: Low but not rare[2]
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Bofur/Nori, also called Nofur, is a noncanonical slash relationship mostly found in Hobbit movieverse. It is a relationship between two dwarves of Thorin's Company, Bofur and Nori.


Bofur/Nori is commonly a background ship, especially in cases where Bilbo Baggins or Dwalin is shipped with someone else. The most common ships that Bofur/Nori is found with are Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield and Dwalin/Ori (and somewhat less often: Fíli/Kíli and Balin/Dori).[3]

The first suggestion of Bofur/Nori on hobbit_kink was on December 25, 2012, where it was one option given by the original poster for a Nori/Any prompt.[4] The first clear Bofur/Nori prompt appeared on January 6th, 2013, and was filled the same day, based on Takja24's art KR bofur-bot (twitter) is so cute.[5] The first few AO3 works for the ship were Bofur/Nori-centric, but by February the ship had several works with more central Bilbo/Thorin or Dwalin/Ori, and that pattern increased over time.

Fandom Tropes

  • Irresponsible - In many fanworks, Nori can't settle down and Bofur doesn't know how not to drink and dance his way through life. They struggle to commit to each other and a stable life.
  • Friends with Benefits - The two of them sometimes spend time being friends with benefits or one night stands before they finally form a more permanent relationship (if they ever do). As one fan said, "they are bestfriend fuckbuddies, who occasionally overstep the friends-with-benifits line and then pretend it didn't happen."[6]
  • Best friends - In many works, Bofur and Nori are close friends before they start a relationship. Sometimes they're childhood friends.
  • Bailing Nori Out - Sometimes Bofur is the one who hides Nori from the guards or springs him from jail before Dori can find out.
  • Pair the spares - Bofur has the second largest number of ship works with Bilbo after Thorin Oakenshield, and Nori has the second largest number with Dwalin after Ori. Therefore, in Bilbo/Thorin or Dwalin/Ori works, Bofur/Nori allows the main ship to get together without complications or broken hearts.

Example Fanworks

Archives and Resources





  1. The first use may have been in the end notes of Skin on Skin by hyperactivesammich: "Guys, we should totally start calling this pairing Nofur."
  2. Bofur/Nori on AO3 had 272 works tagged as of April 2, 2015. This was 1.5% of all Hobbit works on that archive, making this ship the 12th largest in the fandom at that time, below Bilbo Baggins & Thorin Oakenshield and Dwalin/Thorin Oakenshield and just above Kíli/Thorin Oakenshield.
  3. The Bofur/Nori tag on AO3 had 272 uses on April 2, 2015. Of those, 176 works (64%) were also tagged with Bilbo/Thorin; 156 (57%) were also tagged with Dwalin/Ori; 42 (15%) were also tagged with Fíli/Kíli; 38 (14%) were also tagged with Balin/Dori.
  4. Anyone/Nori, wild sex leads to messy hair posted December 25, 2012. There was a second prompt that also suggested Bofur as one option among many, Nori slash, on December 31, 2012.
  5. Nori/Bofur prompt on hobbit_kink: "Based on these wonderful arts from this Tumbler post: The last one with Fili covering Kili's eyes seem to imply something not-so-innocent. ;) I just want anything thing with them, really. :)" The fill is "Dwarves of a Feather", posted the same day and then posted to AO3.
  6. Untitled by Propriety_is_not_a_priority, beginning notes.