New Hobbit Image: Bofur, Bombur and Bifur

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 7:21 pm,

the hobbit movies New Hobbit Image: Bofur, Bombur and Bifur

For the past several months, Peter Jackson has kept Tolkien fans happy with a slew of images and behind-the-scenes video from the set of The Hobbit.

Thus far, we’ve gotten official looks at Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellan as Gandalf the Grey, and several cool shots of the dwarves (including the brothers Nori, Ori, and Dori; the Northern dwarves Oin and Gloin; and the young warriors Fili and Kili). Needless to say, each update has been met with high praise and today’s release should be no different.

Adding to the growing collection of dwarf images, MGM today released a new picture of the working class dwarves Bofur, Bombur and Bifur. Fans of the book will recall that these three cousins were often more of a hindrance than a help, particularly Bombur, who was generally fat and sleepy.

Check out the image of Bofur, Bombur and Bifur below, along with a description of the characters courtesy of IGN.

While most of the Company of Thorin Oakensheild is related to the royal and noble line of Durin, Bofur, his brother Bombur and their cousin Bifur most definitely are … not. Born and bred in the West, descendants of coal miners and iron workers, they have joined the Quest for the Lonely Mountain partly to seek their fortune and partly because they were told the beer was free.

BOFUR BOMBUR BIFUR The Hobbit New Hobbit Image: Bofur, Bombur and Bifur

One thing that I’m really looking forward to in The Hobbit is seeing the band of 12 dwarves in action together. Gimli the dwarf delivered some of the funniest moments in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and I expect the same type of comic relief from the dwarves in The Hobbit, especially given the story’s lighter tone overall.

Of course, that’s not to say that the dwarves will only be in the movie for laughs, but as is clearly demonstrated in the character description, the greediness and stubborness of the dwarves will definitely be played for humor.

What do you think of these latest pictures from The Hobbit? Just for fun, tell us who your favorite dwarf in The Hobbit is and why.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters in 2D and 3D on December 14th 2012.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again comes out the following year on December 13th, 2013.

Source: IGN

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  1. I’m digging the braid necklace

    • I know lol it’s very becoming of him

  2. Another set of great images. I’m loving the diversity in the dwarfs. I have to admit that these three are probably my least favorite. So far Fili is my favorite. I love the fact that he has the dwarf features, but also has blond hair. Plus the twin swords just look plain awesome.

  3. This is not how I envisioned any of the dwarves at all. But alas, I’ll give Jackson the benefit of the doubt any day when it comes to LotR.

  4. Yeeeeah, not too thrilled about some of the looks. The one thing any self respecting Dwarf should have is a full beard, so a rotund Dwarf with no chin hair is pretty out of character imho (and the hair chain is just plain wierd) Also not digging the one in the center that looks like he’s sporting an over sized tuque.

    I understand creative license and the desire to make them all distinct but some of these guys are just bordering on silly (and I don’t mean that in a good way). The design department needs to be reined back a bit and not explore the extremes as much. They need to all have a unique look but also all look like traditional Dwarves.

    • I do agree that some of them look kinda crazy, but we are dealing with a lot of different types of dwarfs. Some are noble, some aren’t, some are old, some are young, some are fat some are skinny. It’s a lot of Dwarf culture we haven’t seen yet. The ones I am most nervous about are Fili and Kili. they are a lil too handsome in my opinion.

      • Kili is just plain wrong because the Hobbit states that both have yellow beards. So Fili is right but Kili about as far from a Dwarf as you can get imho. Looks more like a short ranger wannabe.

      • AMEN PREACH ON BROTHA

    • I’m fairly certain Tolkien never specifically went into this “Dwarves have to have a full beard” thing. I don’t think there’s anything in the books to really give you that impression…so yeah, chinless beard is fine with me.

      • I think you got your last sentence a bit back-to-front.

        Dwarves with no chins! It just wouldn’t be right.

        • LOL crap I meant beardless chin! Yes I agree dwarves with no chins is bad. =p

          • Chinless elves on the other hand……

      • While Tolkien never came out and said so matter of factly, by inference and statements throughout the books it is pretty much a fact. (see my post below)

  5. All the dwarves are looking great as expected. I’m especially intrigued with how the weapons are turning out. As the resident LotR scholar, no complaints here.

    • How come this resident LotR scholar doesn’t know that dwarves wear hoods?

  6. vda da dsagewgew

  7. I love Peter Jackson just because of how in the loop he keeps the fans. It seems like yesterday they started filming, and today they are already showing us pictures.

  8. I feel like the character descriptions provided make those three dwarfs sound more like Ferengi.

  9. I agree on the full beard thing… The length itself doesn’t matter to me because I’d consider that to sensibly vary between dwarves, but having a bare chin? Most un-dwarf-like! Oh well… I guess at least we don’t have to look at Bombur with leftovers in his beard.

    It probably won’t matter when the movie comes out, but this image is definitely the most disappointing to me so far.

  10. Oddly enough…I’m not liking how different they are making these dwarves look, I don’t have quite a vast knowledge of Middle Earth but are there different “types” of dwarves there that also have different cultures?

    • “are there different “types” of dwarves there that also have different cultures?”

      Yes. Aule the Smith, who was one of the Valar (sorta like gods with a lower case g), created the first of the dwarves (I don’t recall how many, but not a lot). They were woken by Ilúvatar (kinda like God with a capital G, but with a longer name) long after Aule created them. All dwarves have this common origin, but after that they spread to different places and developed their own cultures over thousands of years.

  11. All of you stop nitpicking and just watch the movie. i know its a free world but must you have an opinion about everything??leave Jackson alone. im sure he knows what he’s doing. Its not like he stayed true to the book during LOTR and if I recall right, you all liked it. so just sit back and relax.

    • Agreed Miguel. You said it before I had too. Quit complaining, peeps. They look great. Tolkein never fully described how each one looked. There is some detail given but nothing about how ALL dwarves have beards or anything like that. There are so many dwarves that diversity is a must. If they all had beards and looked the same that would be the complaint. Again, I agree with Miguel. Relax and enjoy the movie when it comes out.

    • The film versions of LotR stayed about as true to the books as they could, given that many things that work in a book don’t translate well to film without some nudging and alteration.

      The irony with the comments on this article is that most of the complaints are about things that aren’t true. The dwarves would have variety. I think people are expecting them to all be the same because in that Hobbit cartoon by Rankin/Bass, they all looked the same and even had the same pointy hoods on their cloaks.

      • I personally didn’t write this but found someone who did an excellent job of proving my point……

        It seems they did. In the note on Dwarf women in Appendix A it was told:

        It was said by Gimli that there are few dwarf-women, probably no more than a third of the whole people. They seldom walk abroad except at great need. They are in voice and appearance, and in garb if they must go on a journey, so like to the dwarf-men that the eyes and ears of other peoples cannot tell them apart.
        RK, 360 (App A)

        Since beards were part of the appearance, not the garb, of dwarf-men, we must conclude that dwarf-women did in fact have beards.

        The question has been raised as to whether all dwarf men necessarily had beards (the above conclusion depends upon this premise). Insofar as the matter was mentioned at all, it was shown through either direct statements or casual references that at least Thorin, Dwalin, Balin, Fili, Kili, Gloin, Bombur, and Gimli all definitely had beards (Hobbit, 20-22, 159, 186, 198; FR, 240; RK, 148); it is natural to assume that the others did as well. While no definite statement about the beard status of dwarf-men in general was ever presented as a matter of lore, a thought which reflects the assumed view was given to Bilbo early in The Hobbit: [as Bilbo rode along wearing Dwalin's hood] “His only comfort was that he couldn’t be mistaken for a dwarf, as he had no beard.” (Hobbit, 42) In any event, the notion of bearded dwarves seems an assumption with fairly firm foundations.

        I would also point you to Dwarf elders that were at the the Council of the Ring. ALL had full beards. The beard is a patter of pride with Dwarves and having it cut off would be the ultimate insult. So a Dwarf who willingly shaved even his chin would be beyond odd.

        • I still see nothing to convince me that a beard without the chin hair is not considered a beard and would be looked down upon. It looks like a beard to me.

          • A beard is the collection of hair that grows on the chin, cheeks and neck, but not the upper lip, of human beings.

            The only way that there would be no hair on the chin though is if he shaved and that is something that Dwarves just do NOT do. It’s a matter of pride so shaving or even cutting it short is not even part of the Dwarf Psyche.

            So unless you are going to go off on some far fetched tangent and claim he has some genetic condition and the hair on his chin doesn’t grow, he should have a FULL beard by all Dwarfy standards.

            • Please point out to me where in Tolkien’s writings that it says a dwarf would never shave or cut a small part of his beard off.

              • I can’t but by that same token there is also nothing that said they did. If you can give me a passage that says a Dwarf cut or shaved his beard than I will agree with you.

                Again it’s ALL a matter of inference based on what we know about the Dwarves in general. While the evidence may be circumstantial, all cues lead point to one fact……the beard is VERY important to a Dwarf (hell half thair clan names have the word “beard” in them!) and you wouldn’t cut or shave something off with that much cultural significance.

                It’s similar to all elves having long hair. There is nothing in the books that precludes a Tolkien Elf having short, spikey hair but it is just not very Elf like.

                Now I’m not saying there couldn’t be the odd rebel Elf out there that cuts their hair short or a clean shaven Dwarf but these movies are not the place to be exploring those “edge of society” types. These are iconic characters and as such should ALL meet at least a certain accepted minimum standard for their race.

        • Keep in mind that these dwarves in the picture we’re discussing weren’t of the noble class, and also were of a different culture, and so it’s not particularly strange that Jackson would chose to visually distinguish them a bit in a visual medium. When you’re portraying something from a literary source, sometimes you need to provide a bit of a visual queue or reminder of things that would be talked about extensively in a book.

          All of it is moot anyway, because the dwarf on the left that everyone is panicking about still has a beard, there are just people who are mistakenly assigning the label “side burns” or some other name to his beard because his chin doesn’t have hair on it.

          • I agree. I think that some of the dwarfs will bother me, but I like most of them so far. Some of them don’t look dwarf like to a T, but they are close enough. Creative liberties IMO. A dwarf without a beard does look strange to me.

  12. Thank you Alpine

  13. My favorite dwarf in the book is Thorin. I liked the nobility he showed on his deathbed when he told Bilbo, “…I would take back my words and deeds at the gate.” And I think all of Mr. Jacksons dwarves look pretty cool. I also would think the dwarves would have varying degrees of beard according to age, and the older dwarves would frequently give the younger ones crap about their undeveloped beards. Just like in real life.:) And its pretty clear which one is Bombur, isnt it?

  14. Have they released the image of Thorin yet?

  15. There are 13 dwarves. . .

    • Yes.

  16. No need to bring Tolkien into all this – he didn’t think much of what he called “drama,” saying that it required one secondary creation too many, and he walked his talk, selling the film rights to his works a long time ago. For the record, there was much color and brightness in that world – it wasn’t a gritty, gothamesque place. Dori and Nori had purple hoods, and Ori wore gray. Bifur and Bofur both wore yellow hoods, while brother Bombur had a pale green hood. Oin wore brown and Gloin a white hood. Balin’s hood was red, but his brother Dwalin’s was green (and ended up in Bilbo’s possession), and Fili and Kili both wore blue hoods. We all know what colors were the hood and tassle worn by the great Thorin Oakenshield, right?

  17. One thing that I’m really looking forward to in The Hobbit is seeing the band of 12 dwarves in action together.

    There are 13 dwarves, not 12.

  18. OK SERIOUSLY I THINK THIS WHOLE BEARD VS NO BEARD BUSINESS IS JUST FRIGHTFULLY RIDICULOUS. As long as they have some great impressive facial hair i’m fine. And besides, I doubt that there would be shame in stylizing your beard in what ever way you chose. Not to mention that each dwarf culture within the race of dwarves is different. Just look at the differences in Men. Rohirrim men did not wear the same clothing or have the same facial hair as that of the Gondorians or even the men of Bree or the Haradrim and Men of Rhun (Easterlings). I am not necesarily taking a side, i’m just saying in the grand scheme of things, the way that each of the 13 dwarves looks is so small an issue that it’s almost meaningless….

    But I find it interesting that these pictures show them with weapons. I hope they are the ones found in the troll cave, because in the book they don’t have any weapons. Thorin actually picks up a stick in vain to fight the trolls and they steal their weapons from the horde in the troll cave.

  19. I like Balin best. He’s the one who was kindest to Bilbo on the quest and treated him as one of the gang. But I do feel deeply for Thorin, the most developed Dwarf character, and I must admit that Richard Armitage playing the role in the movie helps and I just bet he’ll have a lot more fans once the movie has been on! ;-)

  20. I think the dwarves look wonderful. You have to expect that not all the dwarves are going to look like Oin and Gloin (to be honest, the one that seems the most accurate to me was Balin) the dwarves are of varied ages and backgrounds. I love what Jackson has done with them and I wouldn’t imagine it any other way as I am open to some changes. People who complain about how the dwarves look, its your opinion, but don’t knock the movie until you see it and give them a chance.

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