Jul 23, 2011

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Thorin & Company

Thorin & Company

Thorin & Company

(L-r) JED BROPHY as Nori, DEAN O’GORMAN as Fili, MARK HADLOW as Dori, JAMES NESBITT as Bofur, PETER HAMBLETON as Gloin, GRAHAM McTAVISH as Dwalin, RICHARD ARMITAGE as Thorin Oakenshield (center), KEN STOTT as Balin, JOHN CALLEN as Oin, STEPHEN HUNTER as Bombur, WILLIAM KIRCHER as Bifur, ADAM BROWN as Ori and AIDAN TURNER as Kili in New Line Cinema’s and MGM’s fantasy adventure THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by James Fisher.

  1. Awesome! Thanks For the Photo, Love it! Thanks Peter and The Hobbit Team!! The movie will Be Awesome!

    • Richard H says:

      Thank you so much for the blog updates and the videos!! I love them. SO long have I adventured in the world Tolkien created by ready The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings! Thanks to Peter Jackson my dream to see them visually through films is such a treat and blessing! I have dreamed for the Hobbit ever since Peter Jackson finished The Lord of the Rings. Peter, I want to say THANK YOU for sticking with the Hobbit and believing in it even with everything that was delaying production and you all took the hits and kept moving forward. Peter Jackson, we love your work!!! You are the best at what you do. I can’t wait to sit in theaters in 2012 and experience the adventure of The Hobbit. That’s what Peter Jackson makes it, an experience, and I love him for that. You don’t just watch his movies, you experience the world he brought to life with him. Peter, I know this is jumping the gun and really too soon to talk about this, however, I want to ask you to please not leave the world of fantasy films allow after you finish The Hobbit. We want more and more fantasy films directed by Peter Jackson. The real truth is, you are the only director I trust will do a movie right, and not just right but excellent! We love you Peter Jackson. Thank you for all you do and the manor of excellence by witch you do it! Richard H

      • I agree!! :)

        • This makes me oh so happy when veiwing these pictures and comments :)

          • If only YOU directed HARRY POTTER & the DEATHLY HALLOWS, the movie would have been So Much Better and we would not have cried about So Much being Cut out of the Movie even if it was a 2-part motion picture.
            I Know For A Fact that Harry Potter fans would have seen many more characters, locations, and much more subject matter of the Wizarding world had you directed it.
            Nevertheless, hats off to you Mr. Jackson. You Rule!

          • PatsoFatso says:

            I agree,the books were amazing but the films were a disappointment… Peter Jackson should have directed it instead of David Yates.

          • Peter Jackson, 10 out of 10 , you deserve a good ol chomph from Gloin for this work

    • Please stop using the word ‘awesome’. Especially more than once in a single visit. Thank you.

    • I agree so completely with this comment. Very well put!!!!!!

  2. Dáin II says:

    it wouldnt be possible to ‘give’ us a full-body photo just with thorin, would it??

  3. paodster says:

    I think it’s great how Peter Jackson is giving each Dwarf different personalities which is very difficult but would make the movie much better.

    • So far, all we know is they have different looks. Sometimes looks are a superficial substitute for personality; I’ll give Jackson the benefit of the doubt for his good work, but different hairstyles and eight almost unbearded dwarves do not personality make.

  4. *awesome* :-)

  5. As a Hobbit fan, I can just hope that they modify Thorin…in the above pic…he doesnt look important, wise or even like a Dwarf. He looks like a Hobbit with a 3 day old beard. Other than that all is good…:) Cant wait for the movies!!!

    • paodster says:

      Yeah I agree. He is supposed to be the second oldest Dwarf there and he looks really young.

      • I AM SPANISH AND I DON´T SPEAK ENGLISH VERY WELL BUT I AGRRE WITH BOTH. SUPOSEDELY HE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT DWARF AND HE DOSEN´T LOOK LIKE ONE AT ALL. BUT, FOR ALL ELSE, THE MOVIE IT´S GREAT. I CAN´T WAIT!! GOOD LUCK WITH IT!!

        • I AGREE WITH ALL THE BEARDS ARE A MUST AND I REALLY HOPE THEY FIX THEM

          • YES, THE CHARACTER OF THORIN IS THE WORST

          • I think it’s clear that when you have so many characters (the dwarves I mean) that you need to make them easy to differentiate. One easy way to do this is to give them each a different style and length of beard. It would be silly to make them all look like Gimili.

          • It’s as though Throrin’s body proportions are off as well. Nori, Dori, and Ori have a great look and diversity.

          • BUT THORIN IS THE KING, AND NEED A BIG BEARD, AND YOU CAN PERFECTLY DIFERENCE THORIN, WITH OR WITHOUT BEARD, AND, IF ALL THE CLOTTES OF THE DWARS LOOKS LIKE GIMLI, WILL BE MORE COOL

          • Thorin just looks too hollywood. He needs to have a long beard. I’m 33 years old and I look older then thorin

          • YES I AGREE THORIN LOOKS LIKE ARAGORN NOT A DWARF

          • Thorin is about 150 years old… and now he looks like a playboy.. bad peter bad!

          • In reality, Richard Armitage (Thorin) is in his 40′s, an incredible resume in Britain of exceptional film and tv work. A very romantic leading man, action hero, spy, historical dramatic and serious actor who plays down his looks often and was nominated for Bafta’s. The German spy in Captain America….he’ll do an awesome job and we women will come to see the movie just for him and Orlando and others like them. Otherwise, all men, teens and geeks need only go. Peter knows what he’s doing.

          • Is there no love interest for Thorin, no women of importance like large roles of the stature of Eowyn, an Arwen, Elvish princess? Dwarf princess??? Someone??? No strong women???This is going to be boring….otherwise…..

      • Hmm.. I look at myself as being pretty hairy, but even I can’t grow a beard such as Thorin is wearing in the Pic in three day’s…

        Also if you look closely, you might noticed that there are some silver threads in his hair, which could give you a indication of his age, behaps being of royal decent makes him age more kindly?

        As for the hobbit comparison, I don’t agree: he is a bit taller than the other dwarves: a hobbit wouldn’t be taller than a Dwarf and Hobbits don’t have/grow facial hair (if your interested…)

        looks more like a man to me.

    • Rat Liz says:

      Me and my old man agree. Thorin is the king of the dwarves he should have a rocking beard

      • And he should look a lot older.

        • PatsoFatso says:

          I think the dwarves, though not what I expected, are humorous and high-spirited.

        • The dwarves are not fully described individually (apart from what they were wearing as cloaks, hats and hoods) in either TH or LOTR – Gimli is for example said to be wearing a mail shirt that is better made than anything in Theoden’s armoury, but PJ put in a “comedy” moment with a mail shirt in LOTR2… in TH, the dwarves aren’t carrying weapons until the battle of five armies – they take mining tools, that the goblins steal. Bifur, Bofur and Bombur aren’t related to Thorin’s clan (the Longbeards) but come from a different clan, not named. Ori can write well and speedily in elvish. Balin and Dwalin were the eldest after Thorin, and they and Fili and Kili, who were twins, were of the Royal family. The average hobbit would have been smaller and more lightly built than the average dwarf. These are only fragmentary clues from the text of the books and from the appendices (which I guess no-one bothers with, but there’s loads of information in).

          • So we can all agree that Thorin’s clan is “the Longbeards” – so shouldn’t he have the most creative long beard out of all of them… gimli’s beard is the most “adorned” in the picture. Shouldn’t the King be the most distinctive… He needs to sport the beard that they all strive to have. not have the neat “corporate” hollywood beard he does in this pic. Here’s hoping they hear our pleas and change it!!!!!!

    • Thorin the most, but many of the dwarves look like Klingons. Why such dark costumes?

  6. Kili is killing me:D.

    • I agree, fili and kili look like elves

      • Kili looks more like the half-elven love-child of Aragorn and Legolas than a dwarf…

        • I have no problem with Kili. He’s supposed to be very young and dwarf royalty. I don’t see why he shouldn’t be attractive for a dwarf and almost beardless at that stage of his young life.

          • Dwarf toddlers have longer beards than Kili has, and dwarf women, too — Jackson even shows us dwarf kids and women with longer beards, right in the intro of AUJ. I can grow a longer beard than Kili in a week. So by even the most basic logic, Kili must trim his beard down to stubble at least once per week, to look like that throughout the 6-month journey to Erebor. And Tolkien made it very clear that dwarves’long beards are their pride, and none would ever cut theirs short except in the most abject shame. Same goes for Thorin.

  7. One year ago, I met The Lord Of The Rings-movies, because of my dad. I saw the first seconds, I heart the music and the voice of Galadriel, and from that moment I knew, I’m gonna remember this my whole life long.
    The movies where made when I was a little child, I guess one year old. So, I was verry dissapointed that the movies where a lot older than I thought. And also Pippin ( Billy Boyd ), mine favorite character. But when I heart about The Hobbit..
    I can’t stop smiling, because I know that I’m gonna see The Hobbit in the Cinema, with my dad, because he let met the most beautifull movies of this whole universal.

    p.s. I’m realy sorry for my bad Englisch, I’m from Holland, and yough person.
    p.s.s. I love the photo of the Dwarfs!
    p.s.s.s. Everytime I have gym on school, and I most run, I run without shoes, like a Hobbit. :)

    • Congrats!!! :D , I hope like you that this one is gonna be great.

      And hoppe that you and your dad enjoy it togheter in the cinema… the music is amazing in it, I still remember that old times.

      • How on earth can you read the silmarillian. That is the most tediouse book i have met in breif existance on this planet. Once i got to page 200 I got tired of noth seeing any action and put the book down. It was so tiring. But i have to admit after reading some of the silmarillion and the hobbit and the 3 books with all the history contained at thre back of the 3rd book. I can say that i know the history of middle earth. The location of every city. The battlefileds of every great battle including the seige of fornost and Everything about Middle earth. I suppose it helps the I play The lord of the rings the battle for middle earth :)

        • Gabe, the Silmarillion is a hard read the first time round, but it’s written in a mythic style that’s on a par with The Kalevala. The richness of the Silmarillion comes not only from its unforgiving style, but from the depth and breadth of its themes, characters and events. +1 Peter (below). It would make an incredible film.

    • I first read LOTR when I was twelve. I’ve lost count how many times I read it since, easily over ten. I’ve seen the movies easily 15 times each, if not more.
      Oh, and the Silmarillian is good too!

      • The Silmarillion is one book I would love to see made into a movie.

      • Oh, and I also read the entire LOTR trilogy to my ex wife, OUT LOUD! Took over a year, and she loved it. Reading Tolkien is great, but reciting it out loud, is a wonderful experience.

        • Hey Steve, that’s a great story about reading the whole of LoTR out loud. I can imagine that some of the language rolled off the tongue!

          I wish I had done that now with my late father, during his final illness!

          But back to the Silmarillion – I agree that it would make a fantastic movie, although I would leave out huge chunks. Wouldn’t it be great to have Beren and Luthien done as a movie, though?

  8. But what is that thing Bifur got stuck in his forhead?

  9. So, this is awesome and all, it really is, but… Thorin’s beard bothers me. It’s supposed to be long and glorious but here it’s one of the shortest beards there. It’s not a big deal or anything, it just kind of bothers me a little…

  10. Can’t wait to see you my beautiful little Hobbit with the wide feet

  11. Carlos Toro says:

    Quien mas sino, Peter gracias por volver a traer la magia de Tolkien al cine, tremenda foto, espero con ansias el estreno el año entrante.

  12. I agree with many of the other comments, Thorin looks too young and his beard is too short. Actually, he looks more like a Star Trek TNG Klingon than a dwarf. On a positive note, most of the other dwarfs look fine.

  13. paodster says:

    My favourites personally would have to be Balin, Dwalin, Gloin and Oin. I think Bombur fits his character really well too.

  14. Maybe for appeal to the mass they do a young Thorin… how knows.
    But I agree he needs a longer beard. The beard is too important for a dwarf for him not to have it.

  15. john paul says:

    who’s the one that looks like a klingon??> that’s the only one that really doesn’t do it for me. that bald-cap must go!

  16. Jörg (Lord of the Hordes) says:

    Well, I must admit, I’m a little bit “dissapointed” or just irritated:
    Does none of the “new” dwarfs (of Tolkien’s “the hobbit” novel) wear any helmet, any cap or similar???
    Dwarf Gimli of “the Lord of the rings” trilogy nearly always used to wear his unique helmet!

    • withywindle says:

      On the journey they have the hoods and after the death of smaug they are armoured with helmets from the treasury.

      • AAAAAAAH, IS TRUE, AT FIRST ALL THE CLOTHES OF THE DWARFS IS POOR, BUT WHEN THE CHARACTERS, THE “COMPANY” ARRIVES TO THE CAVE OF SMAUG, THE DWARFS WEARS WITH : HELMETS, ARMORS, CAPES, NEW WEAPONS AND THIS THINGS. I HOPE SO.

  17. OH MY GOD !!! I LOVE THE DWARVES, EXCEPT THORIN, SHOULD BE MORE OLD, WISE, POWERFUL, ELEGANT, FLASHY, AND WITH BEARD PLEASEEE !!!!!!!!!! I HATE THIS THORIN !!!! YOU SHOULD CORRECT THORIN´S CHARACTER, BUT, EXCEPT THORIN, THE MOVIE IS PERFECT AND BRILLIANT, CONGRATULATIONS PETER JACKSON

    PD: SORRY FOR MY WRITING, I AM SPANISH

    • THORIN SHOULD LOOK MORE ELEGANT, WITH SOME CAPE, HELMET, BIG AXE, GOLDEN ARMOR, WITH ELEGANT AND LONG BEARD ETC. LIKE A KING DECORATED, NOT AS A BARBARIAN OR A THIEF, SOMETHING LIKE THIS:

      http://www.games-workshop.com/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m1180914_99061465012_GoodDainBalinMain_873x627.jpg

      • paodster says:

        He did live in exile his entire life

        • BUT LOOKS LIKE A MAN, A THIEF OR A BARBARIAN, HE NEEDS A ¡¡¡¡¡ LONG BEARD !!!!! AND AN AX, NOT A SWORD AS E SEEN IN OTHER IMAGES

          • paodster says:

            Thorin uses Orcrest which is a sword. But, I do agree that he needs a longer beard and to look older he just does’nt need to look like a king in gold armour and all that.

          • PLEASE PETER JACKSON, PLEASE, IMPROVE AND CHANGE THE CHARACTER OF THORIN, AND FILI OR KILI LOOKS LIKE A ELF

    • Thorin and all the dwarves look great!!! When are people going to ever stop whining all the time, it makes me sick! PJ is doing an awesome job and it’s not like J.R.R. Tolkien ever described in every detail (as he did in LOTR) how the dwarves looked, so for that matter, the dwarves look great! Stunning! Awesome! Amazing! Super! Fantastic! You get what I mean now, don’t you? So stop criticizing and start congratulating!

      • YES, YES, EVERYTHING IS DOING WELL, FANTASTIC, BUT I WAS SURPRISED AND VERY UPSET WHEN I SAW THORIN,IN THE BOOK, THORIN IS OLD, WISE, IS A KING AND BEARDED, AND IN THE FILM DONE THE OPPOSITE, HAS BOTHERED ME. THORIN IS HORRIBLE

        • paodster says:

          He is’nt horrible just needs a longer beard and too look a bit older his costume and weapons a great (please can you stop typing in caps it’s really annoying)

          • Sorry, I write in capital letters for people to focus, and pay attention to what I say

          • Micky you are whining here about others that are correct about that, there is 3 certain dwarves that look like a human not dwarfs.
            And they are exatly right in this.
            After all P.J is too shildish, when he makes movies he cant even make dwarves which should look like a dwarves.

            And one more big mistake was character Radagast, OMG that character sucked in the first film, i think the chosen actor was totally wrong and also P.J wiev about radagast.
            Radagast looked like he come from kids tv show, but in the backstage he had taken some amfetamine, or just going to some therapy lessons to local psyciatric hospital.
            And the sledge whit rabbits, HOLY SHIT WHAT A STUPID IDEA!

        • hobbitonbound says:

          Thorin is 195 years old in a race which can live to be 400. He is just middle aged. He is also from a breed/line of dwarves known for being long lived and aging well (as well as taller and leaner of form than most dwarves). The movie image fits Tolkien’s Thorin honestly. Come on, its Peter Jackson, he’s got this! The beard is a bit short, but he is a warrior.

  18. I absolutely loved Peter Jackson and WETA’s interpretation of the trilogy but they are definitely way off here, most of the Dwarves barely look Dwarvish and are a far cry from how the characters were described in the books. Thorin is certainly lacking in the “larger then life” quality his character had in the book, whatever they did to Dwalin’s head looks terrible (is it a bald cap?), and what on earth happened to Nori’s hair? I understand that they must be concerned with how large beards would threaten the performances of the actors and make it harder to express their emotions on camera but these are supposed to be long bearded dwarves!

    • YES, I AGREE, MORE LONG BEARDS

    • paodster says:

      I think that you’re right about Thorin and Nori’s hair is pretty weird but I think that Dwalin looks cool and very much suits the savage warrior character that Jackson is trying to make for him.

    • The acting could compensate for the ‘look’, wait and see! For myself, one of the biggest disappointments in the LOTR trilogy movies was Boromir’s horn. I was expecting something amazing, and all we got was farts. Fart! Fart! The fart horn I used to call it.

  19. Nobody tosses a dwarf says:

    Wheres Gimli?

    • GIMLI DOESN’T APPEAR IN THE HOBBIT, I THINK

      • paodster says:

        You guys are kidding right….you must be kidding. Why are you even on the blog or excited about the Hobbit movie if you don’t know the book?

        • Because the lord of the rings is my favorite movie, and probably the hobbit too. and yes, I read the Hobbit but long ago, and I do not remember everything, and I think Gimli is not apear in the story,probably some dwarf mention Gimli, for example Gloin, his father, but anymore, that I remember

          • The Hobbit is way past due. I read it once over 25 years ago. Definitely need to read it again.

  20. #1 Tolkien & PJ Fan says:

    AHHHHHHH OMG!!! That photo is AWESOME!! Fits all the dwarves P.E.R.F.E.C.T.L.Y! I so cannot wait for this movie, it is going to be super-duper-awesomely-amazing!!!! Go PJ! Keep it up!

  21. Met some hobbit couple in Asbyrgi Iceland. I wonder why they always look British. In this case with Scottish accents. I also have a British friend and his feet are wide and hairy just like the Hobbits feet and his bloodline goes to Scotland. So I have to ask myself “Are the hobbits originally Scottish or are the Scottish Hobbits”.

  22. Eorlingas says:

    They look… too human for dwarves… I think we all imagine the dwarves like Gimli… In every forum, or in every critic along the web it is said like that. Lots of video games about LOTR (and RPG worlds) shaped dwarves for at least 10 years in our mind like that.

    And, the Dwarves are not the dwarves of real human world, anyone who reads any Middle Earth book knows that. They are unique with their own characteristic.
    So we expected to see dwarves a little different from these (too human) examples; or a little similar to Gimli (they were cousins and relatives at least)

    We all get used to think dwarves in that shape, but now i think, it is changing keenly… ://

    • YES, IS CHANGING KEENLY AND I HATE THIS, HOPEFULLY THESE DWARVES WERE LIKE GIMLI, GIMLI is COOL, THESE DWARVES NO, THE ONLY THING THAT LOOKS LIKE A REAL DWARV IN THE PICTURE IS GLOIN, FATHER OF GIMLI OF COURSE

  23. Loving the updates Mr. Jackson.

  24. Gabriela Barzyk says:

    Can’t wait to see the Hobbit, as I’m a huge fan of LOTR and Tolkien. I know that I will laugh and cry in the cinema, or whilst watching the DVD at home. LOTR & HOBBIT 4 EVER!!!! The best movies and books ever produced!
    Each dwarf has it’s own personality, which is AMAZING! :D
    LOVING IT!!!

  25. withywindle says:

    It would be fair enough to say that the composite picture speaks volumes about the dwarves. It might not meet a lot of peoples expectations but I would prefer it this way rather than 13 Gimli look-a-likes.

    I can see personality in this picture after all there are 5 sets of brothers each no doubt with their own family heritage and culture to defend. No one came to their aid when smaug ambushed the dwarves in the mountain and took control. Thus the surviving dwarves who managed to escape became exiles and homeless.

  26. Jasmine says:

    WOW!!!Amazing!!!
    Nice job Peter!!!But…
    What is that in Bifur’s head??
    is it a piece o metal?

        • paodser says:

          They’re not all directly related to Gimli you know and just imagine how hard it would be to get an idea of their characters if they all looked almost exactly the same.

          • NO ESACTLY, BUT IF THE DWARVES WERE SIMILAR TO GIMLI WOULD BE GREAT

          • THOSE ARE SOME SERIOUSLY BADASS LOOKING DWARVES, BUT THEY ALL LOOK WAY TO MUCH ALIKE. WITH 13 DIFFERENT DWARVES THERE HAS TO BE SOME SORT OF DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THEM. I THINK THAT THE LOOK OF GIMLI HAS SET THE TONE IN MOST PEOPLES MINDS WHAT DWARVES SHOULD LOOK LIKE. JUST LIKE IN THE REAL WORLD THERE ARE MANY TYPES DIFFERENT HUMANS WHY CANT THE SAME BE SAID OF DWARVES IN MIDDLE EARTH!

      • I’d rather have this Torin, at least he looks good… realy jummy.
        Where in the books does it say that all dwarfs look ugly and unatractive?
        I happen to like the fact that some of the dwarfs in this movie look cute.

    • That picture shows old, healthy and probably very rich dwarf lords, in a time with no dragon swirling around.

      Most of the dwarves in Thorin & Co are young or relatively young in dwarf-years counted – except Balin and Thorin. I agree Thorin’s beard should be longer, but I really like his appearance. Balin looks great and so do the rest of them except Kili.

      And if you don’t have anything to say but complaining all the time, you probably should leave this site and write an angry mail or something like that.

      • I ANGRY BECAUSE I LOVE THE LORD OF THE RINGS !!! I AM ONE OF THE BEST FANS !!!! AND I DON´T LIKE THE ASPECT OF SOME DWARDS, WHICH I GET ANGRY

        • well victor let tell you that in the book the dwards are describe just like the dwards of snow white, so would you like to see “grumpy” style in this movie????

        • It would be interresting to know what makes you to one of the best fans. Perhaps you didn’t know this, but the Hobbit movie is not based on LOTR, it’s not even a follow-up on those movies. It’s based on the Hobbit Novel, and you must understand that “the Hobbit” and “LOTR” are as different as night or day. While “the Hobbit” is a colourful story for children, “LOTR” is a much darker, harder and much more complex story.

          • YES, I KNOW, I UNDERSTAND, ALL IS FANTASTIC, BUT I AM A FAN OF PETER JACKSON FILMS, AND I AM VERY “DEMANDING” JUST BECAUSE I WANT TO SEE A WONDERFUL MOVIE !!! AND YOU PROBABLY TOO.

            JUST SAY THERE IS NO ME LIKE THAT DWARFS LOT, MANY OF THEM NEED MORE BEARD, AND THORIN MORE OLD AGE

            SORRY FOR EXPRESION, I AM SPANISH

  27. Looks great, except for Thorin. He doesn’t look much like a dwarf at all. Neither does Kili but I don’t think that matters as much.

  28. Katharine says:

    I have died and gone to Fan Heaven. I bow to your collective brilliance, Design Team. Each one is distinctly THEMSELVES, but you can tell who came from similar backgrounds. Adoring the familial resemblance between the various cousins. I giggled when I noticed that Oin and Thorin have almost the same nose.

  29. withywindle says:

    Thank goodness for Peter & company for having the vision and courage for bringing a different dwarf interpretation to the screen.

  30. withywindle says:

    My preference is to see the dwarves with their musical instruments rather than weapons of war.

  31. withywindle says:

    …and I do like their doubles who I believe are small people,almost look like twins.

  32. Guess Who Didit says:

    I LIke Thorin…I think he stands out among the dwarves

    • Yeah Thorin’s always been myy favorite, though I like Fili who looks cocky, Kilui who looks tough and Ori who looks nice

  33. Guess Who Didit says:

    except he probably needs a beard… other than that I think he is outstanding

  34. Ok all of you critics and “hard core fans”. I’ve read LOTR a few times myself, and right now I’m feeling like there is a lot of aimless criticism. Please if you insist that Thorin should have a super long beard I’d like to read an excerpt from the hobbit describing him as so. Just because it says he is described as old and wise doesn’t mean that is coming completely from his apparel. It maybe could come from is interactions with other characters and how other dwarves act around him. He is also supposed to be a great fighter and leader and maybe that is more of the visual statement they were going for. So, please post actual text from the hobbit describing the Thorin and others you have problem with. But also remember- this is a MOVIE. Therefore they can’t just tell you something directly, you have to feel it through everything. So don’t judge too early and derive so many preconceptions before you see the movie; they are really awesome in giving us all these images and production videos and I say be grateful rather than cynical.

    • I’m picky and cynical because I want the movie to be perfect and get right, and because I love the lord of the rings and the hobbit, more than any other movie

      • When PJ is making the movie, I’m sure it wont be nothing lesser than perfect. I aggree with Isaiah, they’re doing a tariffic job. And the work he does is not just ment to appeace and satisfy you, but everyone else too!

        I understand that you think Gimli is a cool guy, I also do, but he is a warrior from a rich dwarfish kingdom and the dwarves in the Hobbit are not. They are cole miners and metal workers.

        • To the best of my knowledge there is no detailed description of Thorin Oakenshield’s physical appearance in The Hobbit. Given that I thinks that what is hitting most people wrong with the film character’s appearance is his apparent lack of “Dwarvishness”. In other words if you take Richard Armitage’s character out of the context of the group photo I don’t think many people who readily identify him as a Dwarf. Also when Thorin dies after the Battle of Five Armies he is about 195 year old which is well into the life span of a Dwarf. In the genealogy chart of the Kings of Durin’s Folk given in Appendix A of the LOTR Dwarves seem to have a maximum lifespan of around 250 years which also makes Thorin well past middle age. Tolkien himself identifies Durin’s Folk (of whom Thorin was king) as the Longbeard Dwarves which sets them apart from the other Dwarvish houses. Given that I do not think that Thorin would have sported anything other than the longest and most regal of beards.

          No film can ever capture all of the details of a given book with complete faithfulness but basic details of a major character’s appearance should be adhered to a closely as possible – it is usually one the of the easiest details to get right. Given that I suppose any film version of a well loved book that gets things at least 75% right is as good a job as could be reasonably expected.

          • hobbitonbound says:

            It is possible Thorin is middle aged, I think other, less faithful, adaptation versions of Thorin are stuck in our minds when we picture him as aged. As there is not much evidence for a lifespan measurement (as most dwarves of known ages did not die of natural causes, except maybe Dwalin who lived to age 340) 300 in dwarven years is postulated to be equivalent to living to the age of 100 in human years and according to Tolkien’s notes even dwarves themselves did not consider their kind old until 240. It is also noted that Thorin is an Heir from Durin’s line which is particularly long lived (aging process is delayed). Durin I was known as Duran the deathless for being so long lived(and lived for the entire first age!)and is why his people came to be called longbeards.

      • PERFECT IS TO STRONG OF A WORD. YOU SHOULD KNOW BY NOW THAT PETER JACKSON DID NOT MAKE A PERFECT LOTR. NO BOMBIDIL, NO RADAGHAST, NO ATTACK IN HOLLIN BY THE WOLVES,NO BARROW WIGHTS, FARAMIR NEVER TAKES FRODO TO OSGILIATH. NOT EVEN A MOMENT OF THE SCOURING OF THE SHIRE, AND THE DEATH OF SAURUMAN IN THE FILM WAS DEAD WRONG FROM THE BOOK. IF YOUR LOOKING FOR PERFECTION, IM SORRY TO SAY BUT YOU BETTER GET USED TO DISSIPOINTMENT

        • Perhaps he didn’t do a perfect copy of the books, but there are a lot of elements in the books that does not work in a movie. You can’t have events that does not provide to the plot, for example the adventure in the Old Forest. And the reason that PJ chose to let Faramir bring Frodo to Osgiliath was to show us how Faramir sever from Boromir and how the grows over time.

          Another reason why Bombadil, Radaghast, Arkenbrand and a lot of other characters are not in the movie is that it is hard for a person who hasn’t read the books to stick to the plot with all the names and characters to reatin.

          For the same reason I guess, the dwarves of “The Hobbit” look so different from eachother.

          • Also note that LOTR is over 3 hours long. Now add in all that- plus enough back story to make sense- plus all the time and effort it would take to make those things appealing to a wider audience. Doing so you would have to lose time on the “meat and bones” of LOTR, the stuff that you really want to see. If you go into a movie expecting to see an exact copy of the books. STOP. Go back and just read the book cause there is never going to be enough time, and even if there was as Raz says somethings just don’t work as well in a movie.

    • Dwarves are meant never to cut their beards therefore, it makes no sense that Oin and Gloin have mouch longer beards than Thorin even though he is older

    • Here’s the only quote I could find in the five minutes I have to spend on this:

      “Don’t dip your beard in the foam, father!” the elves called to Thorin. “It is long enough without watering it!”

      Also references to him stroking his beard, the fact that his clan is the Longbeard clan, etc.

      Yes, it’s relatively minor, all things considered. But since it’s so minor, then why not a longer beard? It would have been so easy.

  35. Awizardwoo says:

    Diffucult, books – film -stage plays. The Book is magic, two part film makes sense. I have the feeling that this production is centred arond a Peter Jackson fan club, I accept this is just the way the dice have fallen. LOR was a very good enjoyable effort but was Jacksons making sense of Tolkien. That film had a number of ommisions and additions that in hindsight were possibly mistakes. The Hobbit needs to pass the eight year olds enjoyment test. I trust eight yearolds to reconise magic. Not sure I would trust Mr Jacksons entourage.

  36. GOOD GOD!! ALL THIS COMPLAINING ABOUT A BEARD! IM GOING TO WATCH THIS MOVIE TO BE ENTERTAINED, NOT TO NIT-PICK IT TO FIND OUT WHATS WRONG WITH IT. IF SO MANY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE LOOK OF THORIN AND COMPANY STICK TO THE BOOK THEN! I WANT TO SEE THE GOBLIN KING AND SMAUG!!!!

  37. I think the Hobbit films will undoubtedly be another tribute to the beauty of New Zealand. Keep up the good work Peter !

  38. What i particularly liked about LOTR DVD add ons was the fellowhip that bound both actors,all involved in this amazing production and crew.
    The 2 video teasers posted on this site already give us a clue that those values will prevail and its quite thrilling to see – no matter how long the wait – that we are walking on familiar land.

  39. Hmm dunno, it has me a tad worried if im honest.
    I know its too late to change the design now and as such this comment is meaningless. But looking at that picture the film Timebandits really sprung to mind.
    It looks almost comical, I really hope this isnt going to turn out to be 6 hours of slapstick.
    Oh and what is Aragorn doing on the far right, come on, you know that’s what they’re going for.

  40. jvanywherebuthere says:

    Not entirely impressed with what im seeing here. It looks more like a video game promo than a JRR Tolkien movie

  41. jvanywherebuthere says:

    plus Gloin looks more like a Thorin Oakensheild than any of the rest. Thorin needs a huge beard and to look older

    • Really, quote the text.

    • Gloin does’nt look anything like Thorin should look. Gloin looks very similar to his son Gimli which I think is a really good idea but when I think of Thorin I think a long white or grey beard that is’nt platted and a long sky blue tassled cloak like in the book. He should also be much more stocky. Stockiness is essential in any Dwarf

  42. As a young Dwarf prince, Thorin witnessed the destruction and terror wrought when a great fire-breathing Dragon attacked the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. After slaughtering many of Thorin’s kin, the great serpent, Smaug, entered The Lonely Mountain and took possession of its vast store of gold and jewels. No-one came to the aid of the surviving Dwarves, and thus, a once proud and noble race was forced into exile. Through long years of hardship, Thorin grew to be a strong and fearless fighter and revered leader. In his heart a fierce desire grew; a desire to reclaim his homeland and destroy the beast that had brought such misery upon his people. So when fate offers him an unusual ally, he seizes the chance for revenge.

    That looks this kind of dwarf to me. If you think so, that’s fine your by all means entitled to your opinion. :-)

    • jvanywherebuthere says:

      but come on thorin is supposed to be the second oldest dwarf, doesnt look like it to me. He looks like a hobit with a goatee

      • True he could possible have an older look; but I prefer his leadership qualities to be more apparent rather than his age. Either way it won’t hinder my enjoyment of the movie :-)

      • I think that Thorin is fine, only he needs a longer beard. He has a good kingly bearing, which I must say Viggo Mortesen did not have at all.

  43. Why should all dwarves look and act like Gimli? That makes no sense. Not all humans are alike. In Tolkiens’s world there are lots of different human cultures with distincitve features, color skin and hair-clothing style.

    Again, why should all dwarves be clones of Gimli? That would be extremely boring and weird. I like this new dwarves, you can tell they came from different places and have different backgrounds. Bifur, Bombur and Bofur really look like coal miners.

    Yes, I don’t like Kili, yes, Thorin maybe should have more beard, but hell… I’m gonna enjoy this movie anyways cause I’m not gonna be whining all the time about some facial hair.

    Maybe you prefer the snow-white kind of dwarf that is described in the book. Anyone has seen the old animated version? I think is cool, and also is this version.

    • Agreed.

    • I don’t recall anyone suggesting that all dwarves look and act like Gimli, or that they should all be alike. The complaints seem to be mainly that Thorin’s beard is very short, Kili looks less like a dwarf and more like the love child of Aragorn and Legolas, and some of the dwarves just don’t seem very dwarfish.

      I’m going to enjoy this movie too, immensely. But that doesn’t mean that Thorin’s beard isn’t ridiculously trim, that Aidan Turner wasn’t cast purely to get women to watch the movie, and that there won’t be little places here and there where I’ll wish they’d stuck to the source material a little better.

      Getting all upset that there are criticisms, and saying that anything not complimentary is “whining”, well that seems just as whiney as you’re claiming everyone else is…

  44. While my kids and I anxiously await the movie … a custom Lego hobbit set …

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7272573@N07/sets/72157627129012260/

  45. PatsoFatso says:

    The Lord of the Rings trilogy is the best set of films ever, the Hobbit looks fantastic to me and the trailer is exiting. The book is excellent and I deeply recommend. Peter Jackson is an amazing director and I am looking forward for what he has hidden up his sleeve!

    PatsoFatso…xxx
    Bye

  46. Where’s Bilbo?…

  47. Guess Who Didit says:

    Isaiah: Thorin Oakenshield is thought to have a beard because he is a dwarf. Most dwarves probably have beards. An excerpt of a song the elves of Rivendell sang to the thirteen dwarves: “Where are you going, with beards all a’wagging?” An elf said to one of the thirteen dwarves as they approached Rivendell, “Don’t dip your beard in foam, father. It is long enough without watering it.”

  48. The debate about the beards might go on forever… can’t we just drop it. I am sure there are good reasons to why the dwarves look like they do and I can’t imagine that anyone here is in position to change anything.

    • OK, but can’t people express their opinions?

    • I wouldn’t say there are GOOD reasons, per se… maybe there are, but I can’t even imagine any GOOD reasons they couldn’t have added even just two more inches of beard onto Thorin… it’s a valid criticism.

      Though I for one am glad they didn’t make all the dwarves into animatronic otters, and make Bilbo a charming woman played by Jennifer Aniston, because then anyone who dared say anything about it would just be told “Jeez guys, just enjoy the movie, stop nitpicking about details, stop whining…”

  49. The photos I’ve already seen look funny, not epic. I hope it would look better in the movie.

    P.S. I thought people didn’t like a lot of CAPITALIZED letters in messages :D

  50. Guess Who Didit says:

    “‘Don’t dip your beard in foam, father!’ they cried to Thorin, who was bent almost on to his hands and knees. ‘It is long enough without watering it.’”

  51. Everybody’s saying Thorin needs to be older cause he was older in the book… Does anybody remember how old Frodo was in the book? And how young he was made in the movies? Nobody cared about that, everybody loved young Frodo, even if it was wrong…

    • Frodo was 50 when he left Bag End for Rivendell, yes. But that’s not all that old for a Hobbit — the equivalent of a human in his 30s. He didn’t look 50, in the sense that he didn’t look like a 50-year-old human would, graying hair, wrinkles, etc.

      So really all they did in the LotR movies was not emphasize that he was a good decade or two older than Merry, Pippin, and Sam, who were more the equivalent of 20-year-olds. And actually, yes, I did notice and care — that would have been a nice little detail for them to have remembered and included.

      • True, Frodo was 50 when he left the Shire, but his aging was affected by the Ring so it makes sense that he would appear much as he did at his 33rd birthday, I think the chapter “Shadow of the Past” in TFotR makes mention of this. But Thorin certainly needed to look older, imo.

  52. Some of the dwarves look great, others not so much. Thorin reminds me of a minature klingon. I hope this Hobbit movie is going to work out, but based on what i’m seeing so far, I admit i’m a little scared.

  53. Wow this looks so epic… really excited!!

  54. Can’t wait till the Hobbit movie is released. I just watched the appendices of the Lord of the Rings, they’re really cool and I found them inspiring for a young director like myself. Two big thumbs up for Peter Jackson and the crew. p j approved!

  55. Great, looking very, very forward to see it!

  56. stephanie says:

    The Hobbit is my all time favourite book and I am so excited about this film…. I think the cast look fantastic, and I love the look of Thorin. But guys, it is a film and it is Peter’s interpretation of the book. Get over it.

  57. The dwarves in the picture are obviously an interpretation of Peter Jackson and his crew. No doubt about that. But what he wants to accomplish, I guess, is a new movie with a strong connection tho the trilogy we all know and love. These new dwarves, their look, their weapons and garments doesn’t resemble much those we saw in the trilogy prologue, or during the Council of Elrond, for example.

    This is not a question of being 100% loyal to the book, let’s leave that to nerds and Tolkien freaks. But at least being loyal to his own work. That being said, it’s pointless starting long disquisition on a not-yet-filmed movie considering just one picture.

    • I agree. Also, although I admit I haven’t read “The Hobbit” for some years, I don’t remember really being able to distinguish between any of the Dwarves when I was reading it. Jackson has done an important thing, which is to make each of the Dwarves a recognisable individual.

      The initial chapter of the book gives a sense of the ‘feel’ of the book – it is, as others have said, not “epic”, but comic and quirky, etc. We have imposed our own epic context because we’ve read LoTR.

      I hope people will not be too picky about Jackson’s interpretation – it is, as you say, his interpretation. Personally, I know it’s going to look good, the production design will be detailed and beautiful, and there will be some superb fights and battles. So long as it ultimately tells the story, I’m not going to be too picky! :-)

      • Peter Jackson is making a movie of the Hobbit so I expect it to be just that not some “interpretation” with Dwarves that look like Elves and a Thorin that looks the age of Kili. They should be trying to make this movie follow the book as much as possible

  58. BRAVO, Jackson et al.

  59. Sencillamente,fantastico.Tengo la sensacion de que será un trabajo de grandes dimensiones.Os felicito a todo el equipo,gracias por retomar la historia desde el pricipio.

  60. Guess Who Didit says:

    Esti: Frodo was 50 years old, but the bodies of hobbits age slowly, making his body about the same maturity as a 32-year old man.

    stephanie, Raz, and Marcus: It is not someones’ interpretation of the book. How can someone interpret “beard” to mean no beard? It is a editing of the book, and this editing contradicts the real.

    I am looking forward to being able to recognize differences in the dwarves. I remember reading the hobbit and finding it hard to distinguish differences in appearance as well as personality.

    • I can’t really remember that I said that it was someones interpretation. However, I am glad that PJ made them in the way he did, because the moives are going to hit a big audience of which quite a lot has never red the book; and following a bunch of bearded fellows that look more or less the same for a couple of hours would be a good time wasted. In that time you can’t learn so much about the different personalities, but now we can already see differences between them and get a clue about their characteristics…

    • In the book, the dwarves worked as a whole. They were a “group-character” in a way. Here and there some dwarf emerged from the group (Bombur the fat and sleepy one, Kìli and Fìli the young ones etc) but mostly they move and act like a big, single character. Even Thorin shows some peculiar features only in the second part of the book

      • Nevertheless wouldn’t that work in a movie. The movie audience will refere to them as individuals and not as a unit.

        When books turn to movies, some changes is always essential, also (and I would say especially)in this case…

  61. John Callen should be playing thorin, looking through the photos – Oin looks like how thorin should be!

    • I don’t agree, I think Richard Armitage is a good choice for Torin. His voice has a tone of authority in it. And his composure is very reagal.

      This is a movie that has to speek to a very big audiance, most of who have never read the book.
      Richard is an excellent choice if you look at it from a movie prespective in stead of a book prespective… but that’s just my opinion.

  62. Haireddus says:

    I think the dwarves’ appearances were nicely done and…wait…what are those elves doing among the dwarves ? Are those… FILI AND KILI??? WTF!!! OMG!!! Where’s Thorin’s beard ? OHhhh me eyes! Me eyes!!! The paaaain!!!!

  63. Haireddus says:

    No…seriously…i was able to guess who were the dwarves before reading the subs. I saw the pictures of each of them separate and except for the klig…ehm…Thorin I could say bombur, dwalin, balin, oin and gloin were great. Fili and kili were too elvish for my taste…but i liked Thorin, except for the lack of beard….I think the movie will be great…but I WILL miss the beard of the king of the LONGBEARDS.

  64. Veshtriktor says:

    I wouldn’t really take Thorin as a disaster, he looks better and older in the Video blog. True, he could have a more grey hair and mostly greater beard, but I think he is good as he is as well. And about the others – I really like how every each of them is different in some way, even if its extreme sometimes (Fili and Kili). It would be really confusing if half of them would look like Gimli and second half like Oin. Great Job!

  65. Just like Viggo, David W & Sean Bean in LOTR, Jackson did a MAJOR casting coup when he got Richard Armitage as Thorin!! While his appearance isn’t quite book-like, I totally expect his performance to be one of the very best things of both movies & I can’t friggin’ wait!!!!

  66. I’ve just seen this photo and if it is at all possible, I am even more impatient than ever to see The Hobbit. Short beard or long beard, Thorin and Company give a new meaning to the word “impressive”! Sir Peter, thank you for answering one of my most fervent wishes – to see The Hobbit come alive on the big screen. You are the only person that I trust to carry the torch of the great Tolkien’s vision onto the cinema screen. And if one day, good Sir, you should decide to bring the unforgettable “Silmarillion” to the big screen, my happiness as a lifelong fan of Tolkien’s works will be complete.

  67. Why all this unjust “slagging off” of Richard Armitage, give him a chance. Richard is a fine actor and he works very hard at his craft. The films are not completed, wait until you see the finished article !!!! Don’t prejudge a very fine actor and the films. No one is going to force you to watch them.

  68. Thorin’s beeeeaaaarrdddd :(

  69. Oliver Schöning says:

    AAAaarg ! I am so looking forward to this :P Just found and read the book again, expectations are high don’t mess it up like Harry Potter did :p

    Have fun Filming ^^

  70. I saw a website where there was an elves casting , i answered, if you need even a an apparition of 3 seconds ( it’s not a joke ) i’m your elf !!! everybody can dream, no ? I am french so sorry, i have only played some shorts movies in french ( two ) the last i played a schizophren. Well i hear from here all the laughs about this post, well….

  71. Hi, I’ve just created speed painting – portrait of Thorin dedicated to All Fantastic Hobbit’s Fans!
    Hope you’ll like it…..

    …so please visit and leave a comment what do you think :)

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    or
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    I’m gonna draw more characters soon. Cheers!

  72. Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work we go~

  73. Kili looks like a man!!! But I think Oin and Gloin are really good, although I think Gimli looks more like Oin than his father Gloin. And I agree that Thorin should look older and have a beard. I mean, a dwarves beard is very important. Bilbo says many times something like: “May your beards never grow thin…”

  74. Ok, I’ll say it , who is the hell is Richard Armitage! Seriously, never heard of this guy.

  75. Let me guys show you my next speed paint of Thorin’s Company. This time – Dwalin. Hope you’ll like it :)
    http://youtu.be/Lv75Qqal2IQ

  76. paul bonner says:

    Oh dear, dear.

  77. Tolkeinnerd says:

    Unfortunately this film won’t be as popular as Lord of the Rings because their is’nt enough action to attract anyone except people who have read the book. Either Jackson has to go off the storyline and add more action or make a failed movie. And if he goes of the storylines he will be torn to shreds by fans and if he makes a failed movie he will get torn to shreds by critics.

    • But he has already confirmed that he will go of the storyline. As far as I know there will be some focus on Gandalf’s journey when he leaves Thorin & Co and probably also some fighting scenes in both Troll Shaw and the goblin tunnels. I’m assure there will be enough action to attract a wider audience…

      • Tolkeinnerd says:

        Groan…their was almost no fighting at the Trollshaws because each Dwarf got captured alone or in pairs. None had time to fight back, except Thorin at the end.

        • Nevertheless, if you watch the latest uploaded video, there are in fact some action scenes from Trollshaws.

          • Tolkeinnerd says:

            Well their should’nt be This is meant to be a Hobbit movie so it should stick to the storyline of the Hobbit

          • But you can’t stick completely to the storyline when you’re making a movie out of a book, because there are some things in a book that does not work in a movie. It was just the same with LOTR, but they’re still some of the greatest movies I’ve ever seen. And I think the Hobbit will be as great as LOTR, true to the storyline or not.

    • WTF!!!!!!!!! what is wrong with you? where do you get these ” ideas “! the death of the great goblin, battle with the spiders , smaug speaking with bilbo then attacking lake town and not to mention the battle of the five armies! maybe YOU should RE-READ the book!

      • Tolkeinnerd says:

        That will all be in the second half of the movie Smart One.

        • And how, if I may ask, do you know that? Have you written the manuscript? Do you really know where they will cut the story?

          • Easy raz,he must know everything! I mean c’mon his name is tolkien nerd and since he has obvious “inside” information on how the movie is scripted he MUST be right!lol!

  78. I have been waiting for this movie from Mr. Jackson for so long and I cannot wait. Most anticipated movie of my life! I will continue to watch Peter Jackson fantasy films for as long as he continues to pleasure us with his amazing talent! Thank you so much for everyone that is working so hard to bring this piece together!

  79. Am I the only one who is really pissed off about the way they look? I’m being completely 100% honest here. Their hair and beards are just straight retarded, I mean the dwarves in snow white look more badass then these guys. I agree with everyone above, Thorin needs a beard and should look way older, Kili looks like a F@$%ing elf, oir looks like a damn gnome, and bombours beard looks stupid. Dwarves arn’t supposed to be good looking, their supposed to be short, fat, badass bearded beings. My opinion, make the dwarves look like dwarves and quit trying to add your own “artistic” crap into it. I really hope this doesn’t wreck the movie for me. Sorry, I don’t mean to come off as a troll but as a long time lotr fan I don’t want to see this movie destroy the book.

    • Tolkeinnerd says:

      I agree totally the one thing that fantasy Dwarves are recognized by are their beards and you guys have comepletely destroyed them! If I did’nt know these were Dwarves I would’nt have known they were. Total screw up…

    • Tolkienfreak89 says:

      Yeah total agree :( (

  80. Please, I really think you should put some GLORIUOUS beard in Thorin’s face and give the character MORE AGE!…gray hair and a kingly appearence!

  81. Good work. I love the books, and I’m a fan of these character designs.

  82. I love the look of Dwalin. Not too sure about Bifur though, will take some getting used to for me… and I also always envisioned Thorin’s beard longer, more like Oin. Actually if Thorin would look exactly like Oin, it would be like I imagined him in the books.
    I do agree on some level with the people who want the long beards on all the dwarves, but then we’d have 13 Gimlis walking around Mirkwood… would be hard to distiguish the different characters. So I think this design will work great in a movie, even though the book describes them differently. And I must say, I will always keep my vision of the book and won’t let a movie destroy it. I had it with Lord of the Rings, with Harry Potter and other books and their movie adaptions. It’s just a completely different media… and even a Peter Jackson movie (sorry) can’t top a vision from a book. It’s just an attempt (even if it’s a really really good one, and Peter Jackson has come very close to my vision of LOTR)! So maybe if you can’t keep the book and the movies separate in your mind, you shouldn’t go see the movie. It’ll just make you sad.

  83. Tolkienfreak89 says:

    Its a shame that kili and thorin got no beards, the dwarfs that were in rivendell with gimli in LotR 1 looked much much better. But the Hobbit is more like a fairytale so its ok they Look different but…Dwarfs without beard?????

  84. excellent.. excellent.. excellent.. very very exciting. thanks.

  85. Joey Alonso says:

    Well Mr. Jackson, you’ve done it again!!!!! I as well as many others, feel so priveledged to able to witness yet another form of beloved literature come to life before our very eyes. While we’ve seen adaptaions in the past of dwarves, this bunch here should be exciting to see. I love how you’ve given Thorin that hero but yet almost mysterious and villain like quality. Many works of the Hobbit dont accurately describe the dwarves appearence but as usual, you leave nothing untouched and go that extra mile every time. The Battle of Five armies I suspect will be one of the greatest big screen battles we have ever seen and I cant wait to see that alittle over a year from now. Keep up the exciting, good work!!!!

  86. All this rage about their beards… Am I the only one concerned by their weird weapons? Stick with swords, axes and bows, those are the only things they’re shown using in the books.

  87. Angry!(i am) They don’t have their hoods!!!!! Also why don’t they all have big(and normal looking) beards!

  88. Very odd considering there are also 13 dwarfs in Disney’s Snow White.

  89. Pete Russell says:

    Having read Tolkien’s work many times over, when reading the Hobbitt, which is a child’s book, one tends to think of the dwarves as sort of garden gnome type creatures with bright hoods, jackets & beards etc with swords and a few other weapons. In the Silmarillion and Lord of the Rings, there is this portrait of dwarves as being very staunch fighters and enduring etc that is hard to visualize and connect with the garden gnomes, despite the battle of five armies and the later narrative of the Hobbitt. Perhaps because the characters are first introduced in Bag End as “the garden gnomes”.

    These images have shown me how very limited and poor my visual imagination actually is. They are truly amazing, and once again the casting is faultless.

    These dwarves look like they mean business and could certainly take care of themselves in the world of the Big people.

  90. Thorin looks NOTHING like I expected. He’s too young and not Dwarflike at all =/
    In fact the only dwarves I recognised outright were Bombur, Gloin, Oin and Balin.

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  92. HobbitHead says:

    I personally think that aside from thorin whose beard could use a little growing out the dwarves are very well done.

  93. Tolkeinnerd says:

    Why is everyone saying that the Dwarves would all look the same with long beards??? They all look completey different and Throin looking older and him and kili having longer beards isn’t going to change that. What these Dwarves really need is to be stockier. They should have wide shoulders and maybe bigger noses too.

  94. I think the dwarves look great! I understand that they need to be changed from their book versions because, frankly, in the books they were hardly described and very few of them had any personality. Some never even had more than one or two lines of dialogue! Here they look very individual and will be easily recognised even by kids. I can’t wait to see this!

    About the beards – this may not be an important point, but since nobody’s brought it up I feel like I should mention… Remember that in LotR, John Rhys Davies (Gimli) spent the entire shoot miserable and alone. His skin had a reaction to the beard prosthetics and he was constantly in pain and self-conscious. He refused to even go out to dinner with the rest of the cast because his face was bright red and peeling. Sure it looked awesome, but he was very unhappy. Maybe that’s why not all of the dwarves have beards – the casting is perfect, but they couldn’t wear the prosthetic? Or Jackson didn’t want to risk it with all of them? Not saying it IS the reason, but it’s a possible factor.

  95. Yeah, the good team is bakc =)

  96. They don’t look like the dwarves that I thought nor the book, not saying i don’t like them just unexpected

  97. The good time is back ; )

  98. Gloin’s my favorite, but I adore them all.

  99. For those saying Thorin was never described in the books, you are entirely false, and I can only assume you have not actually READ the books.

    I give you one such example here:

    Chapter 3:
    Page 49:
    Paragraph 2:
    “Don’t dip your beard in the foam, father!” they cried to Thorin, who was bent almost on to his hands and knees. “It is long enough without watering it.”

    Now for DWARVES to comment on a beard being LONG, it must be LONG INDEED! (At the time of the Hobbit Thorin is 195 years old).

    They f-ed up so badly in this film its not even funny. I’m watching a bunch of hobbits with lumps of facial hair, not dwarves. FFS

  100. I am just so glad they kept the dwarves dignified. Pictures in pre movie publicity seemed to make them a comedy. I can’t say i am unhappy about anything in the movie. Watching some of the scenes I’ve imagined for years was amazing. I really wonder why you needed Azog? Wasn’t there difficulty enough? I guess you must have battles and blood – a difficult journey is not enough.

  101. I have to say, all the dwarves look like fighters, except for Bombur. He is rather too fat.

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