Oin and Gloin
Gloin, by the way, is The Lord of the Rings dwarf Gimli’s (John Rhys Davies) dad. And then there’s:
Balin and Dwalin
Remember in The Fellowship of the Ring when the Fellowship arrives at the mines of Moria? Remember Gimli mentioning that his cousin Balin will give them a royal welcome should they decide to stop by and say hi? This is the Balin that he’s talking about. We already know that Balin and his mines aren’t in terrific shape by the time Gandalf got around to taking the next generation of Bagginses adventuring, but he’s in pretty good health here. And last, but certainly not least, there’s:
Thorin is more or less the leader of this band of dwarves. He’s also played by Richard Armitage, who just so happens to be the unattainable fantasy love of my life. You might know him as Guy of Gisborne on the BBC’s 2006 series Robin Hood or as John Thornton on the costume drama North and South. For the record, this is what he looks like in real life:
Anyway, there you have it: Bilbo Baggins and all thirteen of his wacky dwarf companions. Is it 2012 yet? No? Damn. Guess I’d better go haul my time machine out of storage.
Oh, one more thing: Peter Jackson’s third video blog has a whole variety of behind-the-scenes hijinks, so check it out if you have any interest in dwarves behaving badly (You’re going to want to see this. Trust me).