Ever since Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of The Hobbit finished up its first block of shooting, first-look images have been trickling out bit by bit (I’ll say this for the film’s PR folk: They certainly know how to keep their drooling fans begging for more). You’ve probably already seen the first one. which gave us a glance at Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins; what it didn’t give us was a more detailed look at the giant party of dwarves behind the hobbit that seem to have taken over his dining room table (oh, Entertainment Weekly, you tease!). Who are these dwarves? How did they get there? What on Middle-Earth is going on here?! Read on to meet the dwarves!
For those of you unfamiliar with the glorious geekdom of The Hobbit, the whole thing kicks off with the unexpected arrival of thirteen– thirteen!– dwarves on Bilbo Baggins’ doorstep. Naturally, he’s not terribly pleased to see them, as he a) has no idea who they are, and b) has no idea why they’re there. If you suspect that Gandalf has a hand in it, you would be correct; it’s towards the end of this impromptu dwarvish party that Gandalf sends Bilbo off with the dwarves to go reclaim the Lonely Mountains and snag a whole bunch of happy, shiny treasure from the dragon Smaug. So: Thirteen dwarves, eh? Who exactly are these thirteen dwarves? Well, there’s:
Bofur, Bifur, and Bombur
And in case you’re wondering, yes, the dwarves all have alliterative names. Then there’s:
Fili and Kili
You might remember that Fili is the dwarf that quit and then had to be recast. Kili is also notable; he’s being played by Irish actor Aidan Turner, who might be more familiar to some of you as Mitchell the vampire on the original British version of Being Human. But wait! There’s more! There’s:
Nori, Ori, and Dori