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


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Oin
John Callen
Callen is a Kiwi actor and director who made many episodes of The Tribe but whose acting resume is, until now, largely bereft of bigger films. That said, he sports a magnificent beard of his own, so top marks for that. Perhaps his involvement has enabled Jackson to shave precious pennies off the make-up and hair budget.

Gloin
Peter Hambleton
Hambleton is also a Kiwi actor, and boasts another CV that's full of regular work, most of which is unknown on our shores. Interestingly, the pair appeared together before in 1992's Sam Neill starrer The Rainbow Warrior. On this flimsy basis, we assume that they will be policing the over-use of plastic bottles on set and ensuring that the production stays as green as possible.

About The Characters...
Oin wears a brown cloak but is otherwise rather an undistinguished dwarf, in terms of his adventures in the book. He's definitely there, but whether he's much use is another matter. And of course the rather more complex and layered costumes here mean that the hood colour guide in the book won't be much use either. MINOR SPOILER ALERT: The same Book Ori wrote, which the Fellowship found in Moria and which told the account of that expedition, mentions that Oin was slain by the goblins during that disaster.

Gloin, meanwhile, was already glimpsed in The Fellowship of the Ring, wherein he accompanied his son Gimli to the Council of Elrond (Gimli was a mere stripling of 62 at this stage, and was considered too young to travel along). Gloin's chief characteristic in the book is that he's a good man (dwarf) with a tinderbox, and can generally be relied upon to get a fire going even in the most inhospitable conditions. Given that the Company's journey takes it across the Wilds, through inhospitable woods and impassable mountains and dragon-blasted plains, that's no bad thing.

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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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