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Hobbit News: The Last of the Dwarves

July 18, 2011

So over the weekend, the three remaining Hobbit dwarves were revealed with a notable and sensible lack of sexy. Above we have brothers Balin (Ken Stott) and Dwalin (Graham McTavish). Topless Robot pointed out that Balin looks more like a gnome than a dwarf, and I agree, though that might have more to do with the size difference between these two than the costume itself. It’s nice to see a bit of color enter into the costume, but did it have to be red robes with a white beard? Who does that remind you of? Dwalin on the right looks like a bad-ass, but he had zero personality in the book, so we’ll see what’s done with him. Balin, meanwhile, is second in command to Thorin, and is supposed to be younger than him.

Hey, speaking of Thorin…

He’s… decidedly undwarf-like. Granted, this is a close-up and the full shot of him might lend itself to more dwarvishness, but for a dwarven king, his beard is very unimpressive. He should be tripping over the damn thing! He’s also supposed to be the eldest of all thirteen dwarves, but that’s a minor niggle that I’m fine with Peter Jackson dropping. For the uber-nerds, yes, that is Orcrist he his carrying, the goblin-cleaving sword. Richard Armitage plays Thorin Oakenshield, who is described at OneRing.net:

As a young Dwarf prince, Thorin witnessed the destruction and terror wrought when a great fire-breathing Dragon attacked the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. After slaughtering many of Thorin’s kin, the great serpent, Smaug, entered The Lonely Mountain and took possession of its vast store of gold and jewels. No-one came to the aid of the surviving Dwarves, and thus, a once proud and noble race was forced into exile. Through long years of hardship, Thorin grew to be a strong and fearless fighter and revered leader. In his heart a fierce desire grew; a desire to reclaim his homeland and destroy the beast that had brought such misery upon his people. So when fate offers him an unusual ally, he seizes the chance for revenge.

So yeah, he looks like a bitter, hardened man seeking revenge, but there is still something lacking in the dwarven department. Or maybe I’m just being racist.

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