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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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Thorin Oakenshield
Richard Armitage
It's hard to tell under the prosthetic nose and all that hair, but this is the dishy guy from North & South, Lucas North in Spooks, Guy of Gisbourne from the recent Robin Hood and a baddie in the new Captain America film. Yes, Richard Armitage has come a long way since he spent six weeks working in a circus just to get his first Equity card, but he maintains a fine old tradition of Royal Shakespeare Company veterans visiting Middle Earth: he spent 18 months there, and has played Macbeth and Hamlet in his time. That should help get his tongue round any poetry recitals that Thorin might be called upon to deliver. Altogether now, fans of the book: Over the misty mountains cold / To dungeons deep and caverns old..."

About The Characters...
Thorin Oakenshield is a dwarf keenly aware of his own importance. Heir to a dragon-ravished land and exile in a foreign kingdom, he's determined to take back what is his - sometimes to an unreasonable degree. He's proud and quick tempered, but somehow likeable for all his foibles - while he demands a lot of the world, he gives loyalty and support generously in return and tends to eventually realise the error of his ways, even if that sometimes comes a little later than one would wish.

The story goes that he got his name when he marched to face a goblin army at the age of just 53, and - his shield broken - defended himself with a tree branch. So he's resourceful and more determined than your average, which is no bad thing for a leader on an impossible quest. Still, there is that embarrassing moment where he falls victim to an elven glamour model, so he's not as impervious as he might like to think. Next to Bilbo, he's probably the most complex and interesting character in the entire book.

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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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