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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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Balin
Ken Stott
Ken Stott has, over the years, been in just about everything, but for many he remains one of "those guys", familiar of face but not of name. Still, you've seen him as a Roman in King Arthur, a policeman in Shallow Grave and a headmaster in Fever Pitch. He specialises, it's fair to say, in slightly careworn authority figures with a gruff exterior but a good heart - and you'll see him in a similar role again soon as Dexter's father in the upcoming adaptation of One Day.

Dwalin
Graham McTavish
If it's a hulking great Glaswegian you're after, look no further than Graham McTavish, who has voiced characters in just about every video game ever and who has appeared in everything from 24 (Mikhail Novakovich) to Prison Break (Ferguson) to, er, Secretariat. How tough is he? So tough he played one of the crew (Lewis) in Rambo (2008). So probably best not to mess.

About The Characters...
Balin's probably the most important dwarf behind Thorin, just ahead of Fili and Kili. A sort of deputy leader, he speaks for the dwarves when Thorin is absent and leads them when he's not around. He's also a decent sort who befriends Bilbo even when everyone else is wary of him or disappointed in him. The company's go-to lookout man, he's a keen-eyed sentry, and gained a huge respect when Bilbo (assisted by the Ring) managed to sneak past him. It should be no spoiler to anyone paying attention during Lord of the Rings to say that he survives this quest, and years later led the fatal expedition to the Mines of Moria, where he met his end.

Balin's younger brother Dwalin, by contrast, barely opens his mouth during the story of The Hobbit. He is, however, the very first dwarf to arrive at Bilbo's for the Unexpected Party that opens the book, dressed in a green hood and golden belt, but that's as distinguished as he gets. Let's hope McTavish can kick him up a notch. And that both actors are learning the viol that their characters can supposedly play.

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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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