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Who is That Dwarf?

Mania provides a brief glimpse to the men behind the beards

By Rob Vaux     December 10, 2012
Source: Mania.com

The new adaptation of The Hobbit is finally upon us, and while many of the cast members are either returning favorites (Ian McKellan, Andy Serkis), or moderately well-known newcomers (Martin “Dr. Watson” Freeman), quite a few are complete unknowns. Specifically, we’ve seen comparatively little of the thirteen dwarves whom Bilbo accompanies on their quest to the Lonely Mountain. Who are those guys underneath the padding and the fake beards? Mania has the breakdown, dwarf by dwarf.

Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage)

The English-born Armitage has mostly worked on the BBC: starring as Guy of Gisborne in the recent Robin Hood series, as well as Strike Back, MI-5 and The Golden Hour. If you live on this side of the pond, you probably caught him in Captain America, playing the HYDRA saboteur who battles Steve Rogers on the streets of New York after killing Stanley Tucci.
Fili (Dean O’Gorman)
Fili and his brother Kili are the young ‘uns on this quest; they also bond with Bilbo a little more than their cousins. Fili is played by Dean O’Gorman, a New Zealander with a long history of work in television. He appeared in multiple roles on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, as well as a multi-part Farscape episode entitled “We’re So Screwed.”
Kili (Aiden Turner)
Turner plays a curiously beardless Kili, yet still feisty and ready for a fight. The Irish-born actor currently stars as Mitchell the vampire in the British version of Being Human. His other TV roles include The Clinic and Desperate Romantics.
Balin (Ken Stott)


After Thorin, Balin is perhaps the most prominent member of the dwarven company. We know from The Lord of the Rings that he survived the events of The Hobbit, only to meet an ugly end attempting to retake the mines of Moria.  He worked alongside Daniel Day-Lewis in The Boxer and played a dogged police inspector in Danny Boyle’s thriller Shallow Grave.  Notable genre works include voicing Trufflehunter the Badger in the recent version of Prince Caspian and a Roman in 2004’s King Arthur.
Tune in tomorrow as Mania brings you even more of The Hobbit's Dwarves. 




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ObiWannaJones 12/10/2012 8:00:35 AM

Thanks Rob. I'm looking forward to the rest, ramping up to a highly anticipated midnight showing! 

wrrlykam 12/10/2012 8:30:37 AM

Sorry Rob, but Richard Armitage still has his beard on in that picture. He he!

Wiseguy 12/10/2012 9:08:27 AM

I'm watching this a minimum of 2 times. One HFR 3D I-Max and one I-Max 3D. And if it's as good as I hope I may check it yet again. I think my anticipation not being as high as it was for LOTR will give this some upside to surprise me.

Wiseguy 12/10/2012 9:12:02 AM

Didn't realize that Armitage is the cat who killed Dr Erskine. I won't feel that bad for him when he bites it then :)

makabriel 12/10/2012 9:57:13 AM

Every time I see Thorin pictures, I think he's a Klingon.  Give him a few forehead ridges and BAM!


SarcasticCaveman 12/10/2012 10:25:04 AM

 Armitage made a GREAT Guy of Gisbourne on that AWFUL Robin Hood series...lol...the series really was on the crap side, but he was definitely the only shining part about it.  I would go so far as to say that he was a better Guy than Michael Wincott in "Prince of Thieves."

ElBaz13 12/10/2012 11:01:38 AM

Ah thanks a lot for spoiling Wiseguy! That's it. I'm not seeing it!



wrrlykam 12/10/2012 1:32:57 PM

Armitage does a good Roger Delgardo 'Master' imitation on the left hand picture.

BunyonSnipe 12/10/2012 2:15:37 PM

I think you sold Ken Stott a little short, but great none the less!

SmokingFrog77 12/10/2012 3:10:50 PM

Yeah, Ken Stott has had starring roles in a variety of comedy and serious drama series on television in the UK, plus he was damn nasty as the villain in the otherwise pretty awful Plunket & Maclean film.

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