OK, we’re almost there now with the first look pics of the dwarves for The Hobbit. Can you tell I’m excited?
First up we’ve got Ken Stott as Balin and Graham McTavish as Dwalin. Now I’m a big fan of Ken Stott, especially from his Rebus days, but I really can’t see him in this photo. Sure, the white hair and beard makes it hard to recognise him, but to be honest I always thought Ken looked fairly “dwarf-like” as it was, without makeup. No offense meant to Ken….
Anyway, the official description of this photo goes, “Dwarf Lords in their own right, Balin and Dwalin are close relatives of Thorin. Beyond this, these brothers are two of his most loyal and trusted friends. An old warrior, Balin has lived through hard times and fought many battles, yet he harbors doubts about the wisdom of the Quest to retake the Lonely Mountain. Dwalin has no such forebodings – his belief in Thorin’s leadership is unshakeable. A powerful and bruising fighter, with a natural tendency to distrust anyone who is not a Dwarf, particularly anyone who might be an Elf, Dwalin is not someone to cross lightly.”
Next up we have Stephen Hunter as Bombur, James Nesbitt as Bofur, and William Kircher as Bifur.Lol, James Nesbitt is the real standout in this shot. He’s got that cheeky smirk on his face we’re so used to. Sure I’m a big fan, being that he’s a fellow Norn Irishman and all that, but he does look like a great character – well, to be honest all three of them in the photo look like a lot of fun.
The official description is “While most of the Company of Thorin Oakenshield is related to the royal and noble line of Durin, Bofur, his brother Bombur and their cousin Bifur most definitely are… not. Born and bred in the West, descendants of coal miners and iron workers, they have joined the Quest for the Lonely Mountain partly to seek their fortune and partly because they were told the beer was free.”