The Hobbit’s Final Dwarf Reveal
Is Thorin Oakenshield
Are you starting to get the “Oh, another one?” vibe from these Dwarf reveals for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit? The movie is more than a year away, and yet in the past couple weeks we’ve gotten looks at Nori, Dori and Ori, Oin and Gloin, Fili and Kili, Bombur, Bofur and Bifur, and Balin and Dwalin. Today it’s Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), the leader and final reveal of our Company of Dwarves.
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.
There are still plenty of Middle-earth inhabitants to be revealed, including all manner of Elves, Orcs and their Wargs, the humans of Dale, Beorn and, of course, the mighty Smaug. It all looks great (thanks to TheOneRing.net for the image), but can’t 2012 get here already?
In The Hobbit, Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen lead an ensemble cast that also includes Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, Aidan Turner, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Barry Humphries, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens on Dec. 14, 2012, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again on Dec. 13, 2013.