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Who is That Dwarf? Part 2
Mania provides a brief glimpse to the men behind the beards
By Rob Vaux
December 11, 2012
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.
Dwalin (Graham McTavish)
Dawlin is a dwarf’s dwarf, sporting scary tattoos and a very intimidating hammer. That’s par for the course for Scottish-born McTavish, who played a tough mercenary opposite Sly Stallone in Rambo 4 and an even tougher Russian during a brief run on 24. Video game fans will know his voice from Dante’s Inferno, Dragon Age: Origins, Assassin’s Creed III, and various flavors of Call of Duty. He’s dabbled in supervillainy too: voicing Loki in The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Sebastian Shaw in Wolverine and the X-Men. And Red Dwarf fans may recall him as Warden Ackerman.
Bifur (William Kircher)
Kircher is a relative unknown, with a handful of New Zealand TV credits on his resume (the most prominent being City Life, which ran in the late 1990s). The Hobbit series is his first significant film role.
Bofur (James Nesbit)
Bofur becomes Bilbo’s closest friend in the company, with a kind word and a helping hand whenever the hobbit needs it. Nesbit hails from Northern Ireland, with roles in Bloody Sunday, Waking Ned Devine, and Danny Boyle’s Millions. Like a lot of actors on this list, he’s done the bulk of his work in television… notably playing Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the BBC series Jekyll and the lead in the cop drama Murphy’s Law.
Bombur (Stephen Hunter)
Bombur is one of the only dwarves in the book to have any kind of defining personality… namely, he’s the fat one. The (less fat) Hunter has worked in a smattering of TV series; The Hobbit is his first major motion picture.
Check out Mania’s first four Dwarves here.