Functional Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Sensing (Si) / Extroverted Intuition (Ne)

Thorin approaches every situation with expectations based on previous experiences; his hatred of the elves stems from their failure to intervene and help his people defend the mountain from the dragon. He has allowed this to build a longstanding tradition of resentment between the two races. Thorin is very tied to the past, in his desire to reclaim his former home and in his battle tactics. He is practical, rational, and believes what he has seen and remembers, which means he’s wrong about the white orc’s demise. He is not good at reading others’ intentions; as his madness increases, Thorin becomes more unsettled and suspicious. His paranoia leads him to accuse various members of his group of keeping secrets, hiding, and stealing things from him. Thorin does not want to open his mind or see new perspectives; he resists changing his opinion of the elves to the bitter end (inferior Ne).

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Thinking (Te) / Introverted Feeling (Fi)

He’s a natural born leader. He considers the facts first and is comfortable with leading his small band of dwarves. He easily puts them in their place and is quick to organize them for success. He considers the consequences of their actions when dealing with Bilbo, which influences his opinion of the hobbit (Thorin believes he will get hurt or lost, or abandon them, because he is afraid). Thorin can be brutal in his assessment of others, and downright cold when he becomes infected by the dragon gold. There, he makes ruthless tactical judgments that conflict with his formal core (he does not want to negotiate, nor risk their numbers in battle, and intends to “hold up” under the mountain and outlive everyone else). As Bilbo points out, the Thorin that entered Bag End would never go back on his word! He does not talk about the immense pain the loss of the mountain and the death of his family caused him, so much as he wants to reclaim it. Thorin does not always behave how others would like him to; he stubbornly sticks to his own feelings about elves even when it inconveniences Gandalf and risks offending Elrond. It takes a great deal to earn his admiration, but he does admit how much he likes Bilbo and how proud he is of him once Bilbo proves himself.

Enneagram: 6w5 so/sp

Thorin shows the classic traits of a 6 in his constant questioning, second-guessing, and distrust of the people around him, which is both his 6 core being careful and his 5 wing lending him a distinct edge of paranoia. He is skeptical of Bilbo, then considers him a friend, then distrusts his motives and accuses him of theft. He is not sure he can trust the wizard, either, and would not trust the elves further than he could throw them. He has a sense of belligerence and intensity, reacting to his fears with aggression as a counter-phobic. His social subtype, and his 5 wing, give him confidence in his own decisions and allow him not to second-guess himself. He’s very logical, rational, and driven to restore the mountain to the control of the dwarves – he’s not a risk taker and even refuses to fight for a time, when he sees it would only thin their numbers (despite his relatives needing him). Under stress, his ego and sense of being a “king” inflates, causing him to place great emphasis on his own power and superiority – bringing out his competitive social 3 disintegration.