First Look at Thorin Oakenshield from The Hobbit
07.17.11 by Chris
Just as the world can't get enough of a certain boy wizard, Peter Jackson and Co. released a new first look at a central character from the upcoming two-part The Hobbit (An Unexpected Journey and There and Back Again) to remind people that another box office juggernaut is coming.
First revealed at TheOneRing.Net, the newest photo from New Zealand is of Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and the Elven blade Orcrist.
Don't know who Thorin is? Here's a character description:
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.
In The Hobbit, Thorin is the leader of the company of Dwarves who go to the Lonely Mountain to do battle with the dragon Smaug.
Remember all those Dwarf photos that have been coming out the past few weeks? TheOneRing.Net has the collective photo of all the Dwarves with Thorin in front.
The two Hobbit movies were written by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Guillermo del Toro, and Philippa Boyens, based on Tolkien's original novel. Returning actors from The Lord of the Rings trilogy include Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Ian Holm as an elder Bilbo, and Sir Christopher Lee as Saruman.
The dwarf cast includes Armitage as Thorin, Ken Stott as Balin, Graham McTavish as Dwalin, Stephen Hunter as Bombur, James Nesbitt as Bofur, William Kircher as Bifur, Jed Brophy as Nori, Adam Brown as Ori, Mark Hadlow as Dori, John Callen as Oin, Peter Hambleton as Gloin, Aidan Turner as Kili and Dean O'Gorman.