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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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Stephen Hunter
Stephen Hunter's another New Zealander, and one with a wealth of local TV, radio and voiceover work behind him but little in the way of feature films, as he himself acknowledged in interviews after he landed this role. Still, since he auditioned for the original Lord of the Rings films more than a decade ago, it's clear that he has a passion for Tolkien's world.

James Nesbitt
Nesbitt is well known to British audiences from Cold Feet and those endless BT ads, but he's built a very respectable film career with films like Bloody Sunday, Millions, Waking Ned, Match Point and recently The Way. Not bad for a Coleraine lad.

William Kircher
Kircher is another Kiwi, who spent much of the last couple of decades working behind the scenes in entertainment rather than in front of the camera. However, he has worked in Kiwi TV series Shark In The Park (best title for a police drama ever) and film Out Of The Blue, the latter of which eased him back into the water for this job.

About The Characters...
Bombur and Bofur are brothers; Bifur's their cousin, but one of those cousins so close that he might as well be another brother. The latter two are more-or-less irrelevant to the book's story, although they might get more of a look-in here, but Bombur is much more of a force in the plot - if only for frustration. The fattest and laziest of the dwarves, he's always first to complain and last to lend a hand. He's the source of some physical comedy in the book, his very first arrival notable for him falling through Bilbo's door and squashing his fellow travellers in a pile on the mat. Later, the dwarves are sometimes lumbered with the problem of carting his unconscious form through rather hostile terrain, making him a less than totally useful member of the party. Still, his heart's probably in the right place, just buried under a mountain of fat.

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Your Comments
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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