More ‘Hobbit’ Dwarf Images: Balin & Dwalin

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The Hobbit Panel Comic Con 2011 More Hobbit Dwarf Images: Balin & Dwalin

Remember earlier this year, when Lionsgate kept its adaptation of The Hunger Games making daily headlines for nearly a month by announcing casting updates, one-by-one? Well, Warner Bros. has clearly recognized what an ingeniously effective strategy that was, and is following suit by unveiling images of the thirteen dwarfs in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, a couple or so at a time.

Today brings another image of two dwarfs, clad in black armor and with thick curly beards, to boot: The warrior Balin (Ken Stott) and his brother Dwalin (Graham McTavish).

Those of you only familiar with J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth through Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy should still recognize the name Balin, a.k.a the Lord of Moria, whose tomb was discovered by the Fellowship upon their arrival at the devastated mines of Moria in Fellowship of the Ring.

Here is how Warner Bros. describes this particular pair of dwarf siblings:

Dwarf Lords in their own right, Balin and Dwalin are close relatives of Thorin [Oakenshield]. Beyond this, these brothers are two of his most loyal and trusted friends. An old warrior, Balin has live through hard times and fought many battles, yet he harbors doubts about the wisdom of the Quest to retake the Lonely Mountain.

Dwalin has no such forebodings – his belief in Thorin’s leadership is unshakeable. A powerful and bruising fighter, with a natural tendency to distrust anyone who is not a Dwarf, particularly anyone who might be an Elf, Dwalin is not someone to cross lightly.

Check out an image of the two (via TIME) below:

Balin and Dwalin in The Hobbit More Hobbit Dwarf Images: Balin & Dwalin

So, to summarize, so far the dwarf characters from The Hobbit we’ve seen include:

That just leaves Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), the leader of the expedition to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug (voice of Benedict Cumberbatch) – which young Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) unexpectedly finds himself being a part of.

In Warner Bros.’ defense, by releasing the dwarf images one at a time, it does make the task of telling one apart from another a bit easier (though it remains a savvy marketing tactic, all the same).

Given how stylish the costumes, weaponry, hair and makeup on the Hobbit‘s dwarf characters look so far, it also makes it easier to appreciate the craftsmanship behind their designs. Right now, chances are good that the same amount of care and effort is being put towards making this new cinematic trip to Middle-Earth an imaginative and memorable one.


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives in U.S. theaters on December 14th, 2012.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again will follow a year later on December 13th, 2013.

Source: TIME

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  1. Woot.

  2. That’s more like it.

  3. More awesomeness! Can’t wait to finally see Thorin.

    • You can kind of see him up at the top, not good quality though. Am I the only one that thought he kinda looked like Peter Jacksons cameo in ROTK?

      • ok, you have me VERY worried Patrick. I hope you are not saying that the “person” at the head of the table with black hair and beard is Thorin?! Thorin should look like the Dwarfiest Dwarf of them all (similar to Gimli but more regal) that guy however doesn’t even LOOK like a Dwarf to me!

        • I think that’s him. He looks kind of young, and more like those pirates in TROTK than a dwarf, but the hallmark picture will only tell.

          • That’s why I’m worried. Not because I disagree with you but because, in the context of the picture, it makes sense. The person is someone we have not seen yet and it’s shot in Bilbo’s home around his table. In the book that is pretty much the first meeting so unless there was a human Jackson decided to interject, who else could it be? Not Gandalf so there is no one left but Thorin.

            The other thing I have not seen is all the colorful and distinct cloak colors which is imho an important descriptive element from the books. They could have just taken them off when coming inside but the portraits should probably have displayed them.

            Yeah, very worried and disappointed in Jackson’s “vision” of the Dwarves. I thought he could do no wrong after LotR but now I am having second thoughts.

  4. Looks awesome but where is Evangeline Lilly?

  5. I’m preparing to make a return back to middle Earth.
    The last trip left me emotionaly drained…as I’m sure it did everyone else from what I’ve read from all the blogs over the years…

  6. I agree with the Marketing ploy , but wasnt this the way the dwarves introduced themselves to Bilbo in the book? In groups and in pairs? Of course , Thorin was the last to introduce himself. so cool

    • I believe that’s correct. As I remember it, more and more pairs/groups of dwarves just keeping turning up at Bilbo’s front door, until the poor Hobbit almost collapses, trying to properly feed and water everyone. :-)

  7. Nice :)

    Just sorry the “show and tell” segment is almost over on the dwarves.

  8. I think I like the hobbit story a lil bit better than LOTR just because it isn’t as heavy. It’s a adventure that’s just a lil bit more fun, not so dramatic.

  9. Keep them coming. I dusted off my copy of The Hobbit last week to get myself familiar with the characters again. Like mentioned in earlier comments they show up 2×2 while Bilbo try’s to play a proper host and I remember the 1st time I read it it was a bit tricky keeping tabs on who was who. These photos help jog my memory. Thanks WB.

    • There’s certainly something to be said for visual representation.

  10. I saw a girl dressed as a hobbit walking around town today. Barefoot, frodo hair, short trouser, waistoat, cape and everything.

    I’ve no idea why.

    • That’s my dream. I wanna dress up and run out from the woods in front of people on the sidewalk with a flowing green cape.

    • Hairy feet? :-)

      • I’ve been shaving my feet to try to get the hair longer =)

        • LOL!