Over recent weeks we’ve slowly been getting a look at all 13 dwarves from The Hobbit, and today The One Ring have released an image of the 13th and final dwarf to be revealed, Thorin Oakenshield (played by Richard Armitage).
Here’s the character back-story for Thorin Oakenshield:
As a young Dwarf prince, Thorin witnessed the destruction and terror wrought when a great fire-breathing Dragon attacked the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. After slaughtering many of Thorin’s kin, the great serpent, Smaug, entered The Lonely Mountain and took possession of its vast store of gold and jewels. No-one came to the aid of the surviving Dwarves, and thus, a once proud and noble race was forced into exile. Through long years of hardship, Thorin grew to be a strong and fearless fighter and revered leader. In his heart a fierce desire grew; a desire to reclaim his homeland and destroy the beast that had brought such misery upon his people. So when fate offers him an unusual ally, he seizes the chance for revenge.
When I first heard there were 13 dwarves in The Hobbit I imagined it would be a nightmare trying to tell them all apart on-screen, but Peter Jackson and his designers have created 13 visually distinct characters. I can’t wait to see their individual personalities mixing and shining through in the films. Click here to read The One Ring’s great run-down of all the dwarves and how they compare to Tolkien’s descriptions from the book.
The first film, titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, will be released on December 14, 2012 and the second film, titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is slated for release the following year on December 13, 2013.
The Hobbit follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild (Richard Armitage). Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.