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The Men Behind The Make-Up: The Dwarves Of The Hobbit
A handy guide to Middle-earth's new company


Peter Jackson's The Hobbit duology continues to rumble forward in production, and the last few weeks have seen a steady stream of beauty shots (if that's the word) of Thorin's Company, the intrepid dwarves who embark on a quest to steal a mountain from a dragon and recover their lost heritage. Martin Freeman's Bilbo and Ian McKellen's Gandalf accompany them to assist where they can (which is, well, all over) but it's these intrepid thirteen who form the nucleus of the group. Read on to figure out who's who and what's what...

WORDS HELEN O'HARA

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Nori
Jed Brophy
Jed Brophy is a New Zealander and Peter Jackson regular, with small roles in Heavenly Creatures, King Kong and the latter two Lord of the Rings films (those unrecognisable under heavy Orc and Uruk-hai make-up) under his belt. He also played a police officer in District 9 and, just to keep it all in the family, loaned his son to play Arwen and Aragorn's son Eldarion in Rings as well.

Ori
Adam Brown
Brown, who studied in Middlesex, has only one screen credit under his belt for - awesomely - ChuckleVision, but he's a theatre veteran and a co-founder of comedy company Plested and Brown.

Dori
Mark Hadlow
Hadlow is another New Zealander and also worked with Jackson before, voicing three characters in Meet The Feebles and playing Harry in King Kong. He's even been in an episode of Xena, which we hear is a condition of New Zealand citizenship.

About The Characters...
Nori and Dori wear similar purple hoods in the book, while Ori wears a grey one with a silver bell on the end. The similarity in their names and backgrounds - all three lived in Thorin's home in the Blue Mountains before joining his quest to retake the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug - will rightly suggest that they're family. It was Tolkien's tradition, with his dwarves in this series in particular, to give close family similar names.

These three have no particular stand-out attributes in the book: it is Dori who's tasked with carrying Bilbo as they travel through the tunnels under the Misty Mountains as goblins chase them, and he helps the hobbit again when they're climbing trees to escape another foe after Nori spotted that Bilbo had been left behind, but there is little more to make them stand out. Ori's contribution to history, meanwhile, comes later. MINOR SPOILER ALERT: he was the one who, having returned to the Mines of Moria in the years after this book but before the Ring quest, wrote the final account of the disasters that befell that company. "We cannot get out, we cannot get out... We hear drums, drums in the deep. They are coming."

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1 RE: Bofur
Posted on Tuesday August 2, 2011, 15:53 by ktscarf
Sorry if this is a silly question but have they papped Rob Kasinsky (formerly off of Eastenders) from the cast then? I thought he featured at the press conference Empire covered in 'The Slate' a couple of months ago as one of the dwarves. Read More

2 Bofur
Posted on Monday August 1, 2011, 15:25 by Enzino
They'll probably give Bofur more to do in the film as James Nesbitt is playing him. Read More

3 Kili -- a sexy dwarf?!
Posted on Monday August 1, 2011, 15:14 by Enzino
Who knew dwarves could be sexy? But judging from this picture of Kili I have to agree. Glad there's going to be some eye candy for the ladies and gay guys. Read More

4 Oh, and favorite dwarf?
Posted on Friday July 29, 2011, 15:25 by trinsghost
They all look fantastic. A great amount of detail went into each individual dwarf in the storyline. As for favorites though, Fili would be my first pick (go Deano!) followed by Thorin (Richard). I'm sure the latter gent will prove he is no Klingon (already evident by the lack of forehead protrusions). And Fili just looks kickass with his weapons (I see three there) and his mischievous smile. Read More

5 Switch the youngin's names
Posted on Friday July 29, 2011, 15:20 by trinsghost
Dean is Fili, and Aidan is Kili. You've got them in reverse. ;-) Read More

6 Dwarf or Klingon?
Posted on Friday July 29, 2011, 15:19 by markswood
Thorin could walk straight onto the Star Trek set as a Klingon warrior! Maybe he could be called Klingloin. Read More


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