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Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Thorin Oakshield (Richard Armitage) is a mighty dwarven warrior, the son of the King of Durin's Folk, Thráin II and the grandson of King Thrór in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. He also becomes one of Bilbo Baggins' (Martin Freeman) closest allies and admirers.

Thorin's epithet "Oakshield" comes from his legendary fight with the albino orc leader Azog; after losing his own shield, Thorin picked up an oak branch and with it, defeated the ferocious orc.

After the dragon Smaug lay waste to Erebor, captured all its gold and drove the mountain-dwelling dwarves into exile, Thorin swore revenge and won't stop until either he or the great dragon are dead.

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